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Old 11-05-2013, 08:31 PM   #2266
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Bill,

There are so many areas that I want to explore in AZ that I have not been too. I will keep an eye on this thread to see what you all come up with. I am ready to ride the 650 more in the future to see as much as I can. Of course I am a little partial to the west side though........But Montana Mountain area is always been on my radar.
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It's funny you mentioned Montana Mountain as that is on my list and I have never done it before. It looks like this weekend is out but will be in for next weekend 11/16. Does that work for you?

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I might be in for Montana Mountain with you guys. I have never ridden there before either.
WHy would you guys want to ride Montana Mountain. Place is st00pid.





I may have something in line for the 16th already. I can send you the tracks for this ride if you need them. Here's a ride report from a few years back.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:34 PM   #2267
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Julio,

Wow, Can't believe how good that looks!!!! Please send me the tracks when you get a chance.

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Old 11-05-2013, 08:44 PM   #2268
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What day is it, and where's the staging area?
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Don,

We are going to go Saturday 11/16 and not sure exactly but there has to be a good staging area right off the 60. I am sure Brad will find some good track for us to find a good area.


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Actually the best staging area to do Montana Mountain is Right off of Hewitt Station Rd.

You take a left off of the 60 into Queen Valley Rd and then take the Y towards Hewit. You've got to pay attention because the Y is kinda tricky and I've passed it more than once.


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Right after you cross over the railroad tracks it's right there to your right. Can't miss it.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:46 PM   #2269
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Julio,

Wow, Can't believe how good that looks!!!! Please send me the tracks when you get a chance.

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Just remember not to continue on the road that goes to the cabin.

Get's a little sketchy back there.

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Old 11-05-2013, 09:01 PM   #2270
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Crap

Now I want to go. Where is this cabin road?
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:16 PM   #2271
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Now I want to go. Where is this cabin road?
This is the usual loop.


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If you look at point "F", that's there the cabin is. If you go beyond that, it's where it gets tough. There's a straight uphill that's pretty nasty. I believe we took that on the ride report that I posted with Nightstalker.

This Montana Mountain loop is only about 40 miles. It's beautiful and certainly has its few challenges. Not tough but keeps you entertained.

To add a bonus you could do Telegraph canyon on the south side of the 60. Slightly tougher that MM loop. Or go out to Pinal Peak which is usually really nice too. There are a few spots I still would like to explore at the bottom of Montana Mountain but It'll probably be a knock em down drag em out kinda exploration route. I'm not sure this is the crew to drag in there.
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:51 AM   #2272
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montana mtn is a good ride with a little bit of everything.
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:23 AM   #2273
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Montana Mtn.

I'm in sounds like a fun ride.
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:44 AM   #2274
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WHy would you guys want to ride Montana Mountain. Place is st00pid.





I may have something in line for the 16th already. I can send you the tracks for this ride if you need them. Here's a ride report from a few years back.
That ride report was awesome. I am ditching my 80/20 tires to a more dirt oriented tire.

How much sand do we get to look forward to in the beggining of the ride?
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:09 AM   #2275
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Bill, I think GPS tracks are much better than my sense of direction. There are alot of roads behind Queen Valley. I did this entire route behind a quad that was roosting dirt and rocks at me. The other time I went it was raining and muddy. We didn't make it very far because our wheels kept stopping due to mud pack. I will try to make this ride. The scenery is great.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:34 AM   #2276
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I have done this ride many times growing up. Make sure you bring some layers as it can get really cold at the top of the mountain. There was one time I did this ride where it was t-shirt weather at the staging area Julio pointed out and we had a snowball fight at the top. Pretty awesome! The most recent time I did it was on a mountain bike though as I was training for a ride down the continental divide. I won't be able to make it this time though because my brother is getting married that weekend. Have a good one guys!
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:56 AM   #2277
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I've done this ride numerous times and was out there a few months ago. Sand isn't an issue. If it's been raining the wash to the east can get pretty wet but when it's dry it's pretty much just rocks.

The whole ride with the exception of a very short stretch as you approach the top from the west is pretty straight forward. The short stretch is a bit steep, tight and curvy and sometimes has some deep ruts. But it's very short so if it's looking a bit intimidating just persevere. I've done this on R11GS's - never on anything smaller than a KLR...
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:30 AM   #2278
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That ride report was awesome. I am ditching my 80/20 tires to a more dirt oriented tire.

How much sand do we get to look forward to in the beggining of the ride?
Not much at all really. After the roller coaster ride up Hewitt it dumps you off into a wash but I don't even think it's a half mile long. It quickly starts to ascend up the mountain. You'll be fine. Then after the cabin there are a few water crossings that get a little bit interesting. Not because the water is deep but because you've got to find your way through a few of them. It's a lot of fun.
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:42 AM   #2279
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I sent the tracks to your email. Did you receive them?

Now I'm itching to ride this. I was thinking of doing a street ride this day. Maybe I can drag my buddy along with me to this instead.


Here's one of crossings I'm talking about. They are harmless but keep you on your toes. and sometimes the trail sort of disappears.



Every time I ride this trail it's different.

One of the steep climbs that SteveAZ is talking about.



On the back side of the mountain it sometimes gets slippery with ice in the shaded areas. I don't think this will be an issue right now but the weather changes up there pretty quick.

and I found a pic of me going up that little hill I was talking about that's past the cabin. WOT all the way up it. I really need to try a trials tire.

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Old 11-06-2013, 02:19 PM   #2280
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Julio, email me the tracks you have. Thanks

This looks to be fun
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