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Popular Apache Lake, on the Salt River, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, from the Apache Trail.

   Apache Lake is another of the man-made lakes along the Salt River (Rio Salado) in the Superstition Mountains of central Arizona.  Also a popular boating area, it is formed behind Horse Mesa Dam.
   Rocks visible across the lake (the north side) include layers of volcanic ash.  Behind them, rises Four Peaks (although only three of the peaks stand out clearly from this angle).  Four Peaks (as it is called locally, singularly) is among the highest points in central Arizona, with an elevation of 7657 feet, or 2334 meters.  Here it forms the southern-most end of the range known as the Mazatzal Mountains, and it actually become snow-covered at times during the winter.
   In an interesting inversion of usual geology, the peaks, which are composed of , rest on younger Precambrian .  You can read about this in my short FREE GeoStory™, called "Pendants Big and Small".
   See the GeoHistory page if you want to know more about why the landscape looks the way it does, or return to the map of "The Superstition Mountains" for more view locations.
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