Apache Maid

Mormon Lake, Arizona (Coconino County)

Last Updated: 01/15/2022
5 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Highlight: Apache Maid
Historians agree that during the area's pioneer days, an Apache girl was involved in an incident that made her a local legend. The specifics have been lost to time, but the name Apache Maid has been applied to a mountain, a ranch, a cabin, a road, and the area in general. Apache Maid Ranch was owned by the Babbitts, a prominent northern Arizona family that created a mercantile company, numerous local leaders and a Senator. The Apache Maid road travels through the center of both the geography of today and the history of that era. In the east, Apache Maid winds through the tall, stately ponderosa forest that dominates the vast Coconino National Forest. As the road loses elevation, the pines give way to scattered juniper, canvas-tan grasslands, and beautiful views. The Apache Maid cabin, an old ranch house, sits up a short lane. Apache Maid Mountain with its fire watchtower looms over the western end of the trail. With plenty of camping available and a trail that offers a few challenges along the way, Apache Maid makes for a great Arizona wheeling experience.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn west off Lake Mary Road onto Apache Maid/FR 229.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Mormon Lake

Proceed to Lake Mary Road and drive south 16 miles to the trailhead on your right.



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Wade May

Hi! I'm Wade. After 43 years as a pilot, split evenly between flying fighters for the Air Force and Boeing 737s for the airlines, my feet are firmly planted on the ground. Seems I spent a lot of my flying time looking out the cockpit window thinking, "Yep, I could drive that trail." My trips range from a few days to a month. Most are solo in my silver 4Runner named Bullit. We range over all the southwest exploring remote places and trying to get as much dirt under the wheels as possible. Occasionally I get in some hiking, backpacking, and bushcraft as well. My most ambitious Overlanding plans include a trip to Tuktoyaktuk and Dead Horse when travel restrictions permit. Sharing my experiences as a member of the Trails Offroad crew, instructing at Overland Expo, and hosting the Gaia GPS Offroad podcast are true pleasures. Hope to see you on the trail soon.
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