Montana Mountain Loop

Total Miles
38.3

Elevation

1,660.23 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Summer

Trail Overview

This route can be very easy but add some recent rains, and the washes become nasty rock piles, the narrow tight switchbacks become treacherous, and the rocks appear out of nowhere. Since initial submission, the brush has grown and the trail is very narrow; expect pinstriping. Many of the areas become dangerous when water is present and running. However, the climb is from the Sonoran desert up to pine trees with deer and cooler temperatures of at least 20 degrees less than the valley. Views are phenomenal. Obstacles change throughout the year, so it could be rated a 3 one day and potential of a 6 another.

Photos of Montana Mountain Loop

Montana Mountain Loop
Montana Mountain Loop
Montana Mountain Loop

Difficulty

Obstacles change throughout the year so it could be rated a 3 one day and a potential of a 6 another. Pending the water and the placement of rocks many of the trails vary in difficulty. The lower area has had multiple trails that have disappeared due to moving water and the wash swallowing them. Sometimes due to changing conditions routes may require some tight spots through bushes, rocks and other areas to get to the trail path.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Jake Hartzburg
Jun 08, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Rough/Deteriorated
Took about 3.5 hours total with some stops. Beautiful views all around and the switchbacks going up and down the mountain are awesome. Passed a group that had a broken down truck(control arm), it definitely did not belong on this trail. First 33% of the trail was easy, and then it starts to get harder as you go up and down the mountain. Definitely recommend 35’s and a lift for an easy time. Had no issues at all, and went alone. I don’t recommend that since this one is so long. I can see how this one could get much harder if its wet out.
Rob Ramtech
May 18, 2024
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Overgrown with bushes and trees resulting in Arizona Pinstriping. If you have a daily driver, stay out of here.
Wayne Littlejohn
Apr 20, 2024
4x4
Open
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Rough and washed out a lot. Need modified vehicle from about1/3 trail to the end over mountain.
Mike Craig
Apr 10, 2024
ATV
Open
Normal
Dusty
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated

Access Description

Take 60 east form Phoenix and turn on Queen Creek Rd after highway 79 Junction

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