96 Ranch Middle Mountain Crosscut begins at the Highway 79 powerline trail intersection. The trail is a journey into the lush desert of the old 96 Ranch. Initially a wide dirt trail, it becomes rocky and narrow with encroaching brush as you crosscut through Middle Mountain. The saddle provides great views of distant Mount Lemon. Many connecting trails in this area can provide a full day of exploring and camping opportunities.
Most of the trail is 2WD friendly. The most difficult section of trail is a sandy wash exit on the eastern end of the trail that may require 4WD.
The only campsite along this trail is at the very eastern end. This spot can accommodate multiple vehicles and has a large fire ring.
This is Arizona State Trust land and requires a permit.
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