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Montana Mountain

4 Reviews
Location Superior, AZ
Rating Easy,
Length 29mi
Time 6hrs

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Climbs remote, scenic mountain.

A scenic high-mountain loop that encircles popular Hewitt Station OHV Area. Large staging areas at both ends of trail. We drove this route in late February and had to turn around at Wpt. 03 due to deep, wet snow. We came back 3 weeks later, and all had melted.


Trail Ratings Defined

Lower part is graded road with some embedded rock. Upper parts are steeper and narrower, and can be muddy and rutted when wet. When dry, stock 4x4 vehicles with high ground clearance can make it with an experienced driver. Washes are usually dry, but we encountered flowing streams in late February when snow was melting.






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(480) 610-3300Tonto N.F., Mesa Ranger District

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Submitted by Kevin
I drove it in a 2021 4runner Pro. Offroad driving experience is really limited, but I’ve had craploads of hardcore mountain biking experience and I think the trail becomes moderately difficult once near the peak and descending through the switchbacks. I would have had a blast descending on a bike but I would have still exercised caution.

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.


Rate this trail on a scale of 1 to 5.


Solange Fedele says

Great trail. Only issue is at the end, in order to get back to your truck you will need to go onto highway 60. Hewett Station Road is now closed to through traffic.

Dean Schultz says

A great experience. Third trip. We went on Mothers Day May 12, 2018. Saw only 4 other Quads and a bicycle, yes a Bike. We got caught on top in a Desert Thundsr Storm. Got drenched. Great experience. Recommend taking rain gear.🌝

Alan Sullivan says

Drove this Trail Feb 21, 2021 in a slightly modified 2013 Nissan Xterra. Lower sections are indeed easy, but once you are on 720A and 650, up on the high section of trail, this trail is easily a 5 out of 10. I counted 11 times I was on 3 wheels going over, down or up an obstacle. There was nothing too daunting, but not a trail for novices.

Doug Hallden says

Sept. 09, 2021. Great trial overall. 172A and 650 are more a moderate rating (my opinion: 28 years wheeling in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona)) due to excessive rainfall creating deep washouts and ruts. A few boulders have fallen onto trail, but, one can go around them with caution. Also, many of the switchbacks require hard turns or even a back up to align vehicle to the downward trail. "Arizona pinstriping" is possible on vehicles due to going close to roads edge or rock walls with brush because of deep drop offs of rocks in the middle of trail. A challenging trail but well worth the hours of 4 wheel driving. Remember..bring plenty of water.
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