Montana Mountain is a great trail for those new to off-roading or even those that are more experienced. It's a wonderful trail for those in the Phoenix area wishing to enjoy the day with visitors from out of town. We are extremely lucky to have trails like this right out our “back door.” This trail has some of the best vertical climbs within close proximity to the Valley. While the trail is not technical in nature care should be taken in certain sections. There are a number of narrow shelf sections that aren't for the timid. Toward the end of the route, the switchbacks on the descent are exciting, because you descend rather quickly.
From Phoenix take US-60 east towards Apache Junction/Superior. After passing the exit for Florence Junction Hwy 79 continue on US-60 to mile marker 214. Turn left on Queen Valley Road 1/4 mile past mile marker 214, after 1.7 miles turn right on Hewitt Station Road FR 357, and then another 3.1 miles and turn left on FR 172. The air down spot is just after you have turned on Hewitt Station Road after you cross the rail road tracks. This is a popular area to park trailers with quads, etc.
I am not sure I ran this the way that it is listed here but... this area is incredible to explore none the less. HIGHLY, HIGHLY Recommend.
I was part of a group that consisted of 7 rigs- 2 Toyotas (4 runner and older Land Cruiser), and 5 Jeeps (1lifted XJ, 3 lifted JKs and 1 "stock" Willys JK).
I highly recommend getting out to this area. It is gorgeous. We were blessed with a cloudy- chilly day, but the views as you navigate this trail are incredible. Our group stopped multiple times to just take in the views and shoot the s word.
Our trip was muddy due to the recent rain but I think it made it much better- no dust. When we went, there was very little amounts of traffic and we heard faint sounds of people shooting recreationally. This is an easy trail that most rigs can conquer.
Have a blast out there!
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The weather was cool enough to get back out in the desert. A group of us from Meetup.com met to run Millsite Canyon and this loop. It truly was a great day on the trail. The video is of our weekend running three of my favorite trails in the area. Millsite Canyon, Montana Mountain and Hackberry.
A great time of year to visit this trail. All of the wildflowers are in full bloom. This won't last for long. The trail conditions were good. A few sections may have been a bit rougher than my last visit but nothing worth noting as a specific waypoint. The construction at the end of the trail at the air up spot has been completed! There is now a nice large parking area there. As usual proceed with caution on the first part of this trail if you are entering from the west. This is a high traffic area for OHV traffic and people using side pullouts as shooting areas. Including some where signs say it is prohibited. That only lasts for the first 10-15 minutes of the trail.
A great day on the trail taking 4 new folks to the Montana Mountain Loop. If you are looking for cactus, elevation, and long distance views the Montana Mountain trail is for you. The weather was great. We took advantage of one of the last cool weekends before the summer heat returns to the valley. Trail conditions were great. Both of my trips took about 5 hours. It really depends on how much stopping you do for photo opportunities and if you have lunch along the way. A portion of the loop is on the Arizona Trail, http://www.aztrail.org/. This is a trail that runs from the Mexico Border to Utah. We were lucky enough to come across two hikers who were hiking the trail. A member of our party handed them a well deserved beer. Hopefully a future report will include a snow run along this route. With a peak elevation of around 5500ft this is always a possibility in winter.
Growing up in southern Tennessee, my off-road adventures began early. I developed a passion for finding new trails leading to great locations and that passion continues to this day but in the beautiful southwestern US. I love getting into the back country to explore the lesser known trails but I also enjoy playing in the rocks. My goal is to provide the most accurate information I can, for all the trails I write-up. Please visit my website https://www.xploremor.net to join me on my adventures.