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We are at that time of year where my riding urge is at a high
level and is sometimes hard to control. I’m starting to plan some
longer trips and getting antsy to roll up a few thousand miles of ribbon.
Locally, I love the early morning or late evening short sleeved riding weather.
Last Friday morning I was on my way to see a friend off of I-17 and Carefree
Highway, so I decided to head North on Lake Pleasant Pkwy. and take Carefree
Hwy. East to his place. Next thing I know I’m turning West and find myself on
the Northwest side of Lake Pleasant back to the 4 Lane ramps. Riding around
lakes is so pretty and peaceful that you just want to take your time and relax.
Still not sure how I got there, the bike just wouldn’t turn East. . . Here is an
interesting picture I took from the 4 Lane Ramp. Click Here.
After several miles of riding around the lake roads and watching
people launch their boats, I realized that the Saguaro
Cactus are now starting to bloom and are beautiful. And the good news
is, for some reason there seems to be a huge amount of Saguaro’s around the
lakes in Arizona. So not only will you get in a good ride, you will see some
beautiful landscape and a lot of cactus blooms right now.
Four Lakes Tour
I'm not sure what it is that draws me to riding the lakes. Maybe
it is the raw beauty around them with the intense desert landscape
or just escaping the traffic of the city while enjoying some peace and quiet.
But since riding to a lake is a personal preference of mine, a couple of years
ago I decided to do a little research and see what it would take to make an in
town road trip out of it and visit all of them in the same day. Since I live on
the West side of town, I plotted a route that would take me from Lake Pleasant,
to Bartlett Lake, Saguaro Lake and Canyon Lake. The distance to visit each lake
in succession is only 144 miles. Of course, you have to get back home, so it my
case it would be a total of 232 round trip. But at least 60 miles of that would
So for those of you
that haven't been to these lakes, what do you do when you get there? What I like to do is ride every possible paved road around the lakes. In
the case of Lake Pleasant and Bartlett there are a few miles of roads around the
lake area that you can ride that are really pretty. Saguaro and Canyon don't
offer much riding around the lakes, but the road getting to Canyon is one of the
best in the State and the restaurant at Saguaro has the best views. There are
restaurants at 3 of the lakes with Bartlett offering a little General store to
get something to eat and drink. I will go over each lake below giving you the
options of where to go and what to do including a map of the
Lake Pleasant is the largest lake in the area,
collecting water from snow melt in the North and acting as a reservoir to provide drinking water for
Phoenix throughout the year. It is located 9 miles West of I-17 on Carefree Hwy.
(Hwy. 74). The best riding is to take Castle Hot Springs Rd. which is just West
of the lake. Go N. about 2.5 miles and you will see your first entrance to the
lake. It will cost you $6 to enter the lake area, good for 24 hours. This road
will take you to the new Scorpion Bay Marina where you
can eat Breakfast or Lunch on the water at the Dillion's restaurant
on site or rent a boat and take cruise on the lake. Lunch is served every day,
breakfast only on Saturday and Sunday starting at 8am.
You can also
ride to the Overlook that gives you a great view of the lake and a Visitor/Nature Center to tour. This area will give
you an additional 13 miles of riding round trip to the entrance. Once you reach
the entrance on your way out, turn right and follow Castle Hot Springs Rd.
another 3 miles to the end where it turns into dirt. Turn right and this will
take you back to the 4 lane ramp which is a good ride and will add another 4
All total there
is about 25 miles of riding and exploring around the park that you can do at Lake Pleasant after you turn off of
Carefree Hwy. It is really a beautiful area and the food at Dillon's at Scorpion
Bay is really good. Click Here for Map of Lake Pleasant. You can view their web site for more
The next stop is Bartlett Lake which is a 45 mile ride
from Lake Pleasant. Simply take Carefree Hwy. East out of Lake Pleasant
and follow that to Cave Creek Rd. Turn North on Cave Creek Rd. and follow that
10 miles to the Bartlett Dam Rd. Turnoff. Follow Bartlett Dam Rd. 14 miles on a
beautiful ride through the Tonto National Forest desert to the Lake. This area
has a high concentration of Saguaro cactus that you will really enjoy. The view
of the lake on your last 2 miles down to the lake is gorgeous. There is a short
walk to the Marina dock store for some water or packaged sandwiches. About 1/4
mile from the ramp, you will see the SB Cove Rd. This will take you 4 miles back
to Bartlett Flats that will drop you off at water's edge. This is a really
beautiful ride that you will want to do.
When you reach
Cave Creek Rd. again on your way out of Bartlett Dam Rd, you can turn right and take Cave Creek Rd. road which turns
into Seven Springs Rd. for the 5 mile ride till it ends. This is a really cool
twisty road through some really pretty scenery that hardly anyone takes because
it eventually turns into a gravel road. But it is an excellent ride and worth
the round trip. Click Here for Google Map of this area.
Click Here for Photos of ride to Bartlett
From Bartlett Lake you
will take a 57 mile ride through Rio Verde, Fountain Hills and then Hwy. 87 to Bush Hwy. where in 4 miles you will come to Saguaro
Lake. (See Map) Turn into Saguaro Lake and veer to the
right to go to the Lake Shore Restaurant that sits overlooking the lake and the marina. They have a
large outdoor patio that will give you a beautiful view of the lake, mountains,
cliffs and the marina. The restaurant opens at 9am 7 days per week. This is the best place of all the lakes to sit back on the
patio, to enjoy the view and the weather. If you veer
left on your way in to the lake you can follow the lake shore around about a
mile or so and get a good look at the marina and the cliffs around the lake.
This is also a good place to park and take a hike up the hill for a better view.
About a mile North of the main entrance to the lake you can take Butcher Jones
Rd. down to a different part of the lake as well. Saguaro Lake Marina Web
From Saguaro Lake you are
now 32 miles from Canyon Lake. The funny part about this is that you are actually only 7
miles from Canyon Lake as the crow flies. Just continue South on Bush Hwy. to
Usery Pass. South (left) on Usery Pass to Brown Rd. East on Brown to Apache
Trail Rd. where you will embark on one of the best 14 mile rides in the State
to Canyon Lake and Tortilla Flat. Apache Trail
aka, Hwy. 88 the lake is truly a fantastic motorcycle ride. You will ride up,
down around and through the mountains in the Tonto National Forest getting to
your destination. In my opinion, this is one of the prettiest desert rides in
the state by far. Beautiful saguaro cactus, mountains, vistas and views. And
when you get to the overlook to enjoy your first view of Canyon
Lake, be sure and stop to take a picture and enjoy it for a minute before
winding your way down to the lake.
There is a
restaurant at the Canyon Lake Marina called the Lakeside Restaurant & Cantina. They offer indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy the view.
Lunch is served 7 days per week with breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Menu
includes steak, omelets, salads, sandwiches, seafood and fantastic burgers. If
you don't feel like eating on the lake, you can ride another 2 miles to Tortilla
Flat for an outdoor grilled burger or a full menu inside. Regardless of where
you decide to eat, be sure to take the additional 6 miles of paved road on past
Tortilla Flat. It turns into dirt at that point and continues on to Apache Lake
and Roosevelt Lake. So if that is not your thing, simply turn around and enjoy a
different view on the way back. But it is well worth your time to enjoy this
forgotten stretch of asphalt that is lightly traveled, but with gorgeous
Check out these stunning photos of the ride
to Canyon Lake.
This concludes the Cyclerides.com Four Lakes Tour
which should give you some riding ideas and destinations for the next few weeks. The route that I described would be
over 170 miles if you did every road and provides some of the best riding around
the valley area. You can do it all at once or break it up over the next few
weeks, but any one of these lakes are always a good destination if you have that
burning desire to get some wind in your face and only have a few hours to get it
Click Here for the overall Google
map of the Four Lakes
Click Here for Printable overall map of the Four Lakes
Cyclerides.com Bartlett Lake Day Ride
Cyclerides.com Tortilla Flat Day Ride
Tidbits and Updates:
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24th, I will be doing a Memorial Day tribute to our Veteran’s and active
military at the Cyclerides.com
Westgate Bike Night
presented by the Law
. Please plan to attend to honor these Men and Women who
have sacrificed so much for us. Program will include live singing and video on
the LED screen. Begins at 7:45 PM. This is a great time for us all to get
together and show support for our Country. See you there!
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Every Tuesday Night
Starts Tuesday, May 8th.
Dog Saloon Tuesday Bike Night
in Mesa. I am really excited about Mad Dog
Saloon as it is a perfect stand alone bike night location with a huge
patio. For those of you that live in the area you will recognize it
as the former Salty Senorita’s. The patio is huge with an outdoor bar, the
inside is huge as well with garage doors that open to the outside and TV’s
everywhere you look. And plenty of motorcycle parking. There will be food and
drink specials including $1.00 tacos on Tuesday’s. Mad Dog Saloon is located at
1860 S. Stapley, just 3/10 of a mile South of U.S. 60 on Stapley. Stop by and
check it out. See you there for opening night on Tuesday, May 8th. Click Here for Details,
Map and Photos of the Mad Dog
Every Thursday Night
Where: Westgate City Center,
Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to Jobing.com Arena.
When: Thursday nights
beginning March 29th – June 28th
Time: 5 PM – 9 PM
What: Bike Night. Live Music,
Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style Cruising down Coyote Blvd.
Live Music with Sour Diesel Trainwreck.
will enjoy Live Music with “Garland Green” featuring their great Classic Rock
and drink specials include: Calico Jack's -
$3 Tacos, $2 Bud and Coors Original, The Shout House -
$7 Burger, Fries, and a Beer,
Rib Shack is offering a FREE 10 piece Traditional Chicken Wings
Basket with the purchase of any Full Rack Rib Plate. Value $7.99.
Saddleranch - Chicken Tacos for $5.50, Classic Pints of
Draft Beer only $2.50, Large Pilsners of draft for only $4.50.
Margaritaville: 15% Off Food with “M” class license.
I would like to give special thanks to our Sponsors of the Westgate
Please visit their booths at the event and click their links
below to learn more about them.
Law Tigers is a professional association of motorcycle
injury lawyers who help riders every day. Our association of motorcycle accident
attorneys consists of a skilled group of personal injury lawyers whose mission
is to support and promote the well being of motorcyclists. Dedicated to rider
safety, awareness, and education, we are committed to the riding community. Find
an attorney near you from our network of motorcycle accident lawyers or call Law
Tigers, toll-free, at 1-800-529-8443. Our lawyers are available -- 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week.
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the
Cyclerides.com/Westgate Bike Night. Stop by and see the latest in what
Harley-Davidson has to offer. Speak to one of our trained sales staff about what
Harley-Davidson motorcycle would be right for you. We are located just South of
83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.
Curly's Customs is a full service Custom Paint & Body
Shop for the motorcycle enthusiast. We refinish Harley Davidson and Metric
motorcycles. Our goal is to provide high quality workmanship & materials at
a very reasonable price. Curly's is located at 12030 N. 111th Ave. in Youngtown,
AZ. 623- 977-0339. Stop by and see them at Bike Night.
Stop by and talk to our staff at bike night or at one of
our many valley locations. We feature many brands including Polaris, Yamaha,
Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, Can-Am, BMW, Victory, KTM, Spyder, and Ski-doo. Click
Here for a list of our locations.
Cactus Moon, Matta’s Grill & Cantina and Chili’s are
combining for bike night this season. The venue is going to be a little
different this time as they are under construction of Main St., but we were able
to use the street between Cactus Moon and Matta’s for the Live Band and bike
parking as well as the street behind Cactus Moon for bike parking.
Outdoor patio seating.
Food and Drink specials.
Motorcycle Parking on street.
Be sure to catch the first night on Friday, May 4th from 6-9
PM and then every Friday night. Mesa Riverview is located on the Southeast
corner of Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. next to Bass Pro Shop.
May 11th – 13th
Harley-Davidson Mother’s Day Special
. HEY GUYS! Looking for that special
Harley-Davidson related gift for your favorite Mother? Go to
Chandler HD from May 11-13 and take advantage of their Buy 1 get 1 HALF OFF
special on all in stock regular priced jewelry. Plenty of in stock necklaces,
bracelets, earrings and rings that your spouse would love. You can even ride
over with her and let her pick it out herself. Open Mother’s Day from 10 AM – 5
PM. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ.
Saturday, May 12th
Bikers Shine for 2012 Benefiting Starbright Foundation. No Excuse for Child Abuse. Check in at Harley-Davidson of
Scottsdale 9am-11am. Last bike out by 11am. $20 Solo, $35 Rider. Lunch included
in price and some special surprises. This ride heads to the "Westside" ending at
Tailgaters off 67th Ave Great ride! Great Cause. 1st 125 registered riders get
shirt and bag!! Lunch Included! Register at www.twogalsevents.com
Saturday, May 12th
Annual Chandler Harley-Davidson Women’s Ride
. ATTENTION LADIES! This one is
just for you! Join us for our 3rd Annual Women’s Ride, Saturday,
May 12th. The ride is FREE!* All women riders will receive a gift bag provided
by Chandler Harley-Davidson. Registration from 9 AM – 10 AM. Ride leaves at
10:30 AM. To RSVP, call 480-496-6800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Chandler HD is located
at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. *Must have valid motorcycle
endorsement to go on ride. Gift bags are while supplies last.
Saturday, May 12th
Harley-Davidson Used Parts SWAP MEET
. Looking for a good excuse to clean out
the garage and get rid of some of those used parts you have laying around??
Bring them to Arrowhead Harley-Davidson on Saturday, May 12th and
sell them. The Arrowhead HD swap meet is from 7 AM – Noon. This is a great
opportunity to raise a few bucks from old parts to go buy some new shiny chrome
for your ride. This is also a good time to find that obscure parts you
have been looking for. There will also be Food Vendors, Raffles and
More. No competitive items or bike sales please. Space is limited so call
623-247-5542 or email email@example.com to reserve your spot. AHD is
located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
Sunday, May 13th
Harley-Davidson Mother’s Day Ride
. Join us for our Mother’s Day Ride Sunday,
May 13th. The ride is FREE! Men are welcome to join the ride to
show their support for women riders. All riders receive a raffle ticket and
lunch from Arrowhead Harley-Davidson. Registration from 9 AM – 10 AM. Rides
Leaves at 10:30 AM. To RSVP, call 623-247-5542 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . AHD is located at 16130 N.
Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
Saturday, May 19th
. Join in remembering Waldo and mark the 5 year anniversary of his
passing. 1 PM till whenever. Live Music, Free admission, everyone
welcome. Come out and share some memories and pay respects to a man who has left
a lasting mark on Arizona’s biker community. Welcome Charity home from her
latest deployment. Party held at Kid Chilleen’s Steakhouse at 33125 S. Coldwater
Rd. in Black Canyon City, AZ. On I-17 at exit 244.
Saturday, May 19th
Anthem Hogs and Dogs
. Calling all Harley-Davidson lady enthusiasts! Are you
ready to take the next step in riding a motorcycle? Anthem H-D is
hosting a Women's only Garage Party on Saturday, May 19th, along with their
monthly Hogs & Dogs event. The festivities will run from 11AM till 2PM so
head to the dealership to enjoy a day designed especially for you! They will
have several different stations set up including their newly acquired H-D
Jumpstart module. The H-D Jumpstart allows you to physically mount a
Harley-Davidson, set your boots on the foot pegs, fire up the engine, and shift
through the gears under the watchful eye of trained personnel. All of the
activities are designed to help you effortlessly learn more about motorcycling
and Harley-Davidson! FREE food and drinks will be served by the Anthem H.O.G.
Chapter with all donations raised benefiting charity. For more information
or to register for the Garage Party contact email@example.com or (623)
465-1122. Buddy Stubbs Anthem H-D is located at 41715 N. 41st Drive, Anthem, AZ.
Visit them on the web at www.Anthemhd.com.
Sunday, May 20th
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer recently signed a
proclamation making the month of May, ARIZONA MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AND
AWARENESS MONTH! All riders know that more needs to be done to
raise motorists awareness to the thousands of motorcycles sharing U.S. roads and
highways each year. Communities across the nation experience crashes resulting
in serious rider injury or fatality due to inattentive, careless or unaware
drivers. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, in 2008, 47 percent of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes
collided with another type of motor vehicle. As a rider, everytime you have
thrown that leg across the saddle and head out, you get first hand knowledge of
how so many drivers are simply not paying attention. This ride is about getting
out there and being as visible as you can. All we ask is that at least a few
drivers will get the message.
Event time- 9:00. Rides depart- 10:00
Sharp. New This Year- Your choice of 2 different start locations. Eastside
– MESA: CACTUS MOON SPORTS GRILL. Riverview Shopping Center Loop 202 and Dobson
(Near Bass Pro). Westside/GLENDALE-WESTGATE CITY CENTER. Parking Lot EAST of the
Westgate complex (Corner of Sunrise and Coyote Dr). Ending at Harold's Cave
Creek Corral. Located in beautiful downtown Cave Creek. Fee: It doesn't cost
anything to participate in this ride. This ride is open to any and all
motorcycle riding individuals, clubs, and groups.
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