Arizona is ULTRA hot in the summertime, so if you are coming in from out of town during the sumertime then you better make sure you have PLENTY of water when you take ANY kind of lengthy trip, even if you're going on a SHORT trip, take plenty of water..THIS is the most common problem for people who visit from out of state, they just don't realize how fast the bodies water supply is diminished in the desert heat..You can become dehydrated rather rapidly out here and then before you know it, BAM you're on a nice short hike one minute and then the next you've fainted under the burning desert sun..Do NOT let yourself become a victim of this sort of hazzard, always prepare for the worst, ALWAYS!
The Apache Trail; Arizona Highway 88 is sometimes closed east of Tortilla Flat due to flooding. Pay close attention to the weather reports, especially during monsoon season July through September. Also remember the weather can get extremely hot out here in the desert. Drink plenty of water.
This is by far the steepest part of the Apache Trail. It is extremely steep and very narrow, and that guard rail on the side isn't kidding anyone! It isn't going to stop anything bigger than a bike! Luckily they do seem to keep it well maintained, looks like they use oil on the road there to keep down dust and keep the road stable. Still it's a harrowing drive. I didn't dare stop for a picture, nowhere to stop anyhow! Found a website with good pics though!