I got a couple stuck to the rubber and leather of my boot. Oh, what a time to get it out by pulling, and hopefully not getting stuck in the hand. Maybe should have had a tool to pull out the spikes. They are like glue, and attach to anything that comes by. They did for sure, and the spikes can be painful if pierces the skin.
There are open range grazing for some area in Superstition Mtn area. This is not fenced, so driving must be slow enough to be able to stop if you see them in the road. The cattle do not move, and area used to intruders on their turf, and do not like it. I did come across a herd of 12 that would not move out of the road for a while, until they felt like it. Steers can get mean
This has continuous curves and sharp hairpin turns, switchbacks and general dangerous driving. For the first 22 miles in getting to Tortilla Flats, it took us about 45 minutes to get there. Being a passenger, I felt like I was being jerked and shoved around the back seat, as the driver kept speeding up, then braking. Not a good driver on these type roads.
Views on Hwy 88 are great and demonstrate the wonder of saguaro cactus in the wilderness.
Working on the road is a constant job for the State. They washouts near Apache Lake must be frequent, and I read that after getting to mile marker 222 ending at Fish Creek, the road becomes mostly one lane dirt and descending steeply by 2000 feet. Beware.
The road first was a trail going through the most rugged part of Arizona, and by early 1900's, it became a road, but many times unpassable; just as in today. It was part of the completion of Roosevelt Dam project built up there at the end. The length of the road on the north for Hwy 88 is 41.5 miles, and said to take 3-4 hours to reach the end at Roosevelt dam from Apache Junction
This is required in all Arizona State Parks and areas administered by Forest Service. There are exceptions, but the penalty to guess and get a ticket is steep. The pass costs $6. The fine runs $100-200. The pass must be displayed in the windshield, and the day scratched off appropriately.
The pass is daily for the $6, but annual and other passes can be obtained.
There were warnings of flooding for the north side of Apache Trail road-nee Hwy 88. We crossed about 6-8 spots where the creekbed wash comes over the road, and some were deep. It did not rain while we were there, but I did get caught in slight shower one day on hiking.
During my hiking treks, I encountered bees-sweat bees, I guess you call them. They are a nuisance, and flying around your head. Swatting them away makes them angry. They are looking for water/sweat form your body. See below pictures of how many hang around a faucet at a trailhead
This road is not maintained much for the last 12 miles to get to the trailhead. It has ripples and rough rock, with some wash out. YOu can make it in a regular vehicle, but go slow.