Submitted by Chas
OHV heavy travel last weekend. Slow clockwise travel. Noisy caravaners, gunshots, and hunters in the area. This is an easy trail turning into a moderate trail. Turned around Roger’s Trough due to washed-out rock and lack of information on the condition of the road beyond the site. Jeeps made it through this area without a problem.
Submitted by Ron
First time on this trail in 2020 Rubicon JLU on August 25, 2020. Large, deep wallowed out area around mile 12.3. FS 650 has several rutted areas and leans more toward moderate. Only saw 3 other vehicles on easy portions of trail — 1 a Fish and Wildlife vehicle. Awesome drive, but lots of smoke from our western wildfires.
Tonto National Forest temporary closure. Due to several fires, this area has restrictions. Read forest order here. For updates go to N.F. website for alerts and notices.
03/14/2019 and 03/27/2019
Submitted by Charles Wells
This trail has gotten a little tougher, so we’ll be upping the rating from easy to moderate. I drove the trail on March 14 and ran into about a foot of snow at Waypoint 03. I was forced to turn back along with many UTVs. I went back two weeks later and got through with no problems. With all that melting snow and rain the trail was gorgeous with lots of wildflowers and a lot of water flowing in the normally dry washes. There are many OHV trails inside the Montana Mountain loop and this area has become a very popular OHV area complete with developed staging areas and good signage. Hewitt Station Road is now permanently closed between Waypoints 6 and 1, but bypass trails are shown on posted maps.
Submitted by Randy Oaklief
Saw a comment that Hewitt Station Road was closed not sure what they meant. a group of us did Montana mountain on September 1, 2018. the beginning of the trail at Highway 60 to Queen Valley Road to Hewitt Station Road and then it turn off to Hewitt Canyon Road is open
Hewett Station Road is now closed to through traffic.