Montana Mountain

4.8/5 (26 reviews)
Apache Junction, Arizona (Pinal County)
Last Updated: 01/24/2022
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Montana Mountain is an excellent trail for those new to off-roading or even more experienced. It's a beautiful trail for those in the Phoenix area wishing to enjoy the day with visitors from out of town. We are fortunate 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.

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Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (27 reviews)
Dave
1000
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/13/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this yesterday for the first time in a stock 5th gen 4Runner ORP. With spotting from some buddies in lifted Tacos, I made it through. Touched the skids more than a few times and used the locker to recover from a sub optimal line once. Current rating of 4 is definitely accurate and my buddies reported this trail has dramatically increased in difficulty since a few years ago. There are some very deep eroded areas so those at stock height should use caution. Incredibly scenic. Plenty of traffic but it was not oppressive. Definitely worthwhile. With time to air up and down, photos, and snacks we were on the trail about 6 hours.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

If you are looking for a good all day adventure, Montana Mountain will not disappoint. From the views of the canyon by Elephant Arch to winding up several thousand feet along the shelf road, you will be treated to continuous scenery and opportunities to capture pictures and video. Once on the north side of the mountain, you will run along another shelf road that borders the Superstition Wilderness. Dropping back down the mountain on the switchbacks will keep you wanting to come back for another run. The trail conditions, especially on the switchbacks and the Southeastern section where you cross over the big wash are in much better condition (May 2022) compared to October of 2021 where there was substantial wash outs. Have fun and take time at the top to soak it all in.
Trail Review: Montana Mountain - Todd Harkins
Trail Review: Montana Mountain - Todd Harkins
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Still a beautiful drive.
Trail Review: Montana Mountain - Wade Norton
Trail Review: Montana Mountain - Wade Norton
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/13/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

What a treat. Phoenix residents are lucky to have such a beautiful route right in their backyard. From the desert floor up and over the 5,000 ft mountain you experience a bit of everything.
Bobby Nelson
Official Crew
64950
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I have updated the gpx track to reflect the current staging areas at both ends of the route. The trail has also become more difficult. There are bigger rock ledges and deeper washouts. A very scenic drive with some mild challenges along the way.

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