Tonto National Forest – The view from lower Fish Creek Hill

According to the sign at the very windy that day lookout point, Fish Creek Hill is famous for it’s winding, steep and narrow descent. While the view of the mountains and canyons were spectacular I can imagine it being even more so when it’s warmer and things are blooming,

Views from the lookout point…

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The entire Apache Trail is about 40 miles but starting just past Tortilla Flats, for 20 miles besides the winding, steep and narrow part it is also unpaved and will give you a good jostling. There was a sign next to the road giving a warning that the steep grade was 10%. Yikes!  This part of the trail is not for the faint hearted or reckless driver.  There were stretches where you had no idea where the road was going or if someone was coming the opposite direction; a bit nerve wracking as the road itself is just wide enough for one vehicle and with no guard rails. There were sporadic areas where you could hug a cliff if you had to to let someone by – thankfully!

You can see from these two photos just how far away I was from the road by the size of the electric tower in the upper right corner of the image.  You can also see how they cut this trail through the cliff.  It was an experience I won’t soon forget and maybe might want to do again… maybe.

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(Here is a video I found on YouTube taken in 2011 that lets you “experience” driving this part of the  trail.)







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  1. #1 by mickey2travel on February 12, 2016 - 6:45 am


    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on February 12, 2016 - 9:37 am

      You would’ve been in your element riding this trail. Thanks

      • #3 by mickey2travel on February 12, 2016 - 10:01 am

        Reminds me of running up and down Mount Washington, in New Hampshire, on my motorcycle! 7 miles up. 7 down. No side rails, all dirt road. Adrenaline rush! Thank you for sharing your adventure!

      • #4 by imagesbytdashfield on February 12, 2016 - 10:06 am

        At the Tortilla Flats restaurant I posted about, there is a tradition that on New Years day bikers just show up there en masse.

      • #5 by mickey2travel on February 12, 2016 - 10:07 am


  2. #6 by Roselinde on February 12, 2016 - 7:41 am

    Beautiful photos 🙂

  3. #8 by Timothy Price on February 12, 2016 - 9:56 am

    Miles and miles. Looks like Arizona.

  4. #10 by Ingrid on February 12, 2016 - 10:02 am

    Your really immersed yourself in the desert backcountry. That road can be a little heart pounding at moments, but that’s all part of the experience. I might need to get over there in a couple of weeks when the blooms are showing their finery.

    • #11 by imagesbytdashfield on February 12, 2016 - 10:04 am

      And there she goes again killing me! That road was definitely heart pounding in spots.

  5. #12 by milfordstreet on February 12, 2016 - 12:14 pm

    You had some lovely views. I was just happy not to be the one driving. Cheers!

    • #13 by imagesbytdashfield on February 12, 2016 - 2:24 pm

      That was never going to happen!!!!!! I lived dangerously enough on the one lane bridges and scrambling over rocks.

  6. #14 by allentimphotos2 on February 12, 2016 - 1:49 pm

    It looks like you’re on a interesting trip. Nice to get away from the snow.

    • #15 by imagesbytdashfield on February 12, 2016 - 2:22 pm

      Well, it was an interesting trip that we took a week ago. It’s been snow and cold since 😦

  7. #17 by infraredrobert on February 13, 2016 - 9:37 am

    I wish I was there

  8. #19 by ChgoJohn on February 14, 2016 - 4:39 pm

    WIth it snowing right now and temps below 20˚, the Trail looks even better than it normally would. Beautiful photos, Teri. What I wouldn’t give to see a cloudless blue sky!

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