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COMPLETED:3/2014 Montana Mountain near Superstitions

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by JMHinAZ » Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:32 am

Difficulty: Upper end of moderate in some sections 2.5 overall. Easy to start out with then becomes narrow, steep and rutted. Slippery at top when wet. Dangerous ice can be present late fall and winter although none present on this trip.

Features: Climbs from the desert floor to just over 5,000 feet with great panoramic views of the desert to the west and mountain views to the east. Saguaros at lower levels eventually give way to Junipers and Manzanitas at the top. Distance is thirty miles and plan for about 4hrs or more, if like me, you make frequent stops. Care should be taken as there are many narrow sections with blind corners and the occasional hot shoe in a side by side bent on maximum speed at the apex... with that said, most users display good trail etiquette.

Saturday had dumped much rain across the state and had even spawned a tornado in Mesa. Granted it was very small with very little damage and dispersed just as it touched down. None the less trail conditions showed many sections of washed out and rutted areas with at least three sections that still had shallow running water in the creek beds and running water crossing that proved to be deeper than I thought, sorry no pics of that one. Was expecting it to be maybe a foot deep but was closer to 2 feet. No problems making it through but could tell there was more resistance than expected. So with my son, our dog, along with some mud and water and mixed sunshine, I'd say it was a great AZ day! How bout some pictures.
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I had my son thinking we were going to drive right up the light colored ribbon. :poke:
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Poser from the rear.
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And the front
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Superstitions in the background and a jeep in the lower right corner.
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You can see by this point we have lost the cactus and desert landscape and topped out.
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Now we start the drop back down and the switchbacks. I was able to make all but one that required a three point turn.
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A Jeep we let by.
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Cheers.
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by Cable810 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:17 am

Wow which Michigan had this scenery....
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by HARDTRAILZ » Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:20 am

Beautiful scenery. Truck looks good as well.
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by JorDaneeKey » Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:07 pm

Just add this to our "Must See" list. Thanks for sharing your trip!
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by boog2006 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:35 pm

I got to get out more...nice
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by JMHinAZ » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:34 pm

Thanks folks, there are many trails like this within a short distance of Phx. It's what keeps me going when I find myself in rush hour traffic :wallbash:
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by v7guy » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:05 am

Really nice out there, no doubt about it. Thanks for taking the time to take the pics.
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by RyansTBLS » Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:28 pm

Looks amazing! :flex dirty:
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by mikekey » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:40 pm

Pulls on the heart strings. I miss the land out there. Looks like you had an enjoyable time. Thanks for taking the time to post this up and share with us. I look forward to anymore trips you want to share that chronical your backyard.
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by DirtyBacon04 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:48 pm

Beautiful landscape. Looks just like Florida!!
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by NC_IslandRunner » Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:32 pm

DirtyBacon04 wrote:Beautiful landscape. Looks just like Florida!!
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Yeah Bacon, I was expecting to see Disneyworld off in the background in one of those shots cause it looks so much like Florida.....:mrgreen:
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by JMHinAZ » Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:04 am

If you can deal with 5 months of oppressive heat and don't want to be far from a large metro area then Phx may be worth a look to you Michael. This a great time of year here for those thinking of some day making a trip out west; Cubs, Dodgers, and Dbacks spring training, temps in the 70's and 80's. Good stuff.
Glad to share with you all, I'll post up any other trails we my hit. Next up is in May, OX2014 just outside of Flagstaff. Last year was my first time going, had a good time. Planning on taking some less traveled roads to get there this time.
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by AZ2wdEnvoy » Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:22 am

Is this a trail that a lifted 2wd piloted by someone who knows how to drive can traverse?
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