Montana Mountain

Apache Junction, Arizona (Pinal County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 12 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 35.72 miles
Highest Elevation: 6625 feet
Duration: About 5 hours
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Apache Junction
Nearest Town w/ Services: Apache Junction
Official Road Name: 172, 172A, 650, 8, 357
Management Agency: Tonto National Forest
District: Mesa District


Highlight: Montana Mountain
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.


Route Information

Technical Rating

( EASY )

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1. Right Turn on Hewitt Station Rd from Queen Valley Rd (1.7 mi)
The turn off to Hewitt Station Rd is 1.8 miles from where you turn onto Queen Valley Rd from US-60. Link to Google Street View:

Directions to Trailhead

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.



Trail Reviews (21)

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: Is it confirmed this trail is closed at the moment?
–Jon Sauber (04/14/2020)
–Bobby Nelson (04/14/2020)
Q: Is this trail is passable with a 2001 Subaru Forester AWD with 2” lift and toyo open country tires ?
–Jon Sauber (03/09/2020)
–Bobby Nelson (03/09/2020)
Q: Is Montana mountain trail closed
–Ken List (02/08/2020)
–Bobby Nelson (02/09/2020)

Writer Information

Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas, then passing on that knowledge onto our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on difficult rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube XPLOREMOR.
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