This trail was deemed too dangerous to drive. Here’s how you can hike it.

by | Mar 5, 2022 | Travel

Imagine the trip from Phoenix to the Copper Corridor towns of Globe and Miami taking all day. That was the reality in the early 20th century before U.S. 60 replaced the tortuous Apache Trail route.While traffic to the Renaissance Festival in February and March sometimes still makes the trip feel like a lurching marathon, U.S. 60 shaved the drive time down to about an hour and a half.Convicts built parts of the highway, including the Claypool Tunnel near Superior, which was blasted from solid rock in the rugged cliffs above Queen Creek Canyon.While known for its fabulous views, the narrow, edge-hugging road with hairpin turns and queasy drop-offs proved too dangerous for modern travel needs. It was retooled in 1952 to its safer current alignment, which includes the slick (yet claustrophobic) Queen Creek Tunnel.But the decommissioned part of U.S. 60 didn’t just disappear. Its crumbling course, which is now on Resolution Copper property, has been repurposed into a recreational trail that’s part of the Legends of Superior Trails system.Roughly 65 miles east of Phoenix, the 11.65-mile LOST system is divided into five segments open to hiking, biking and equestrian use. Each segment explores a unique slice of Superior’s history and environmental diversity.MY PATAGONIA TRIP:’The right wheelchair will take you anywhere a pair of legs can’DON’T GO BEHIND A HORSE:How to see these Sedona rock formations from horse-friendly hiking trailsThere’s the stunning riparian corridor of Arnett Canyon with connectivity to the Arizona National Scenic Trail, a walk through the abandoned town of Pinal, and an interpretive in-town stroll among artifacts from the area’s mining and ranching heritage. But it’s the Queen Creek Canyon segment that gives a boots-on-the-ground tour of the defunct hi …
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