Punchbowl (Arizona)

A ride with big views of the Superstition Mountains and the Four Peaks Wilderness area with a kick-butt gravel road descending down to the Salt river. 

Just out of the parking area, the ride begins to climb, undulate and twist and turn. The road surface is rough, making it more preferable to be riding an adventure / gravel bike.  At about mile 5, views of Canyon Lake will open up. At mile 10 is Tortilla Flat, the only option to refuel and get water.

At mile 15, turn left onto the dirt road.  At about mile 17, you will come to a gate and a sign posting: “Government Property – No Trespassing”. Access is allowed beyond this to hikers and bikers only, no cars.  (To ensure access is still alIowed contact SRP at 602-236-8888.)

Now the real fun begins, a kick-butt descent down to the Salt River.  Stop at the metal bridge when you reach the river.  Do not go beyond this …. otherwise security will pay you a visit and provide you with a personal escort out of the canyon.  (Ah, we know from experience.)  

Two optional starting points are:
1) Canyon Lake at the Acacia Recreation Site.  23 miles total, 3200 ft gain
2) Tortilla Flats. 17 miles, 2500 ft gain

**Adventure / Gravel Route
– Out & Back: 39 miles / 4700 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 25% gravel, 75% paved
– Location: Phoenix (Apache Junction), AZ
– Best ridden: before Memorial Day or after Labor Day.  Not on weekends or Holidays.
– Date Posted: November 2016

Moderate  – due to the total elevation gain and descent.  The gravel road portion has short pitches of 9 % plus.

**The Start
At the Bulldog Canyon “off-road” OHV parking lot, about three miles past Lost Dutchman state park.  On the north side of the road. Requires a Tonto Forest pass.

**Food / Water
Tortilla Flat

**GPX Track File
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