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Montana Mountain Professional Review and Guide
"Climbs to over 5,000 feet with panoramic desert and mountain views. Crosses many hiking trails into the bordering Superstition Wilderness. Popular area for ATVs and dirt bikes. Stay on existing trails at all times. Easy until F.S. 650 where it becomes narrow, steep and rutted. Stock vehicles with high ground clearance and good articulation can make it although some driving skill is necessary. Slippery at the top when wet. Dangerous ice can be present late fall and winter."
--Charles A. Wells, Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (FunTreks).
A nice day trip with wonderful scenery. Most stock 4x4s shouldn't have any problems at all on this trail. We saw residual snow on one of the trips so beware of recent weather events and plan accordingly.
Me and my fiance went on this trail today and absolutely loved it. It was a great trail to break in the new 08 Jeep Liberty.
Also, missed our first turn. T start at the beginning of the trail you want to turn left off of Hewitt Station on to the FS road where the Woodbury sign is, and then cross the wash.
Pretty much after this you can find the rest of trail pretty easy. There is a big dip filled with water today when we went, but it was no trouble with a 4x4.
Once we traveled all the way to the top it was gorgeous scenery. We passed a lot of places to set up camp.
On our way down the trail you have to travel down a wash, but when we did it was raining somewhat and it was filling with water. Put the Jeep in 4WD and went right up with no problem. Awesome trail, but make sure you have good clearance, or skid plates. Well worth the visit.
Wonderful ride very easy nice scenery. Can get chilly
The trail can be divided into three parts. The first part of the trail is very easy with great views of the coming mountains and low desert scenery. The only part of the trail that might give some trouble is crossing Queen Creek, which is dry most of the time. It is at the very beginning of the trail. The middle part starts a climb up into the mountains and with accompanying views and changes to the plant life. This part of the can be rated as easy to low-moderate. The third part of the trail begins with strong moderate difficulty riding rock shelves and deep ruts which require undivided attention. There are fantasic views along this part of the trail. It continues upward into a dense forest with a completely different experience. It finishes with a long switchback ride from 5000 feet to the low desert which I would rate as low medium difficulty. It is a very long ride so I would suggest a stop for lunch around midway. Bring plenty of water and a camera.
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