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Sat 9/18/2021: Montana Mountain Loop: Near Gold Canyon, AZ: Easy to Moderate

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Sat 9/18/2021: Montana Mountain Loop: Near Gold Canyon, AZ: Easy to Moderate

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(Photo credit https://funtreks.com)

 

Join me on  a 29 mile scenic high-mountain loop in the East valley.

  • Montana Mountain - This trail rated Easy to Moderate. Heading up there are some steep and narrow parts that could be rutted depending on recent weather. There are some switchbacks on the east side coming down. 4 Low is recommended for this section to help control descent speed.

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GPX files:

I have my own as well that I based off TrailsOffroad. If you 'd like that one as well let me know and I will add it.

From Trails Offroad

From FunTreks

 

State Trust Land Permit Required Get it here:  https://land.az.gov/applications-permits

 

MEET-UP:

  • 09:00 AM near the OHV parking lot near the trailhead. This is a big dirt lot so we can find a spot for all of us to stage up and air down.
  • 33.27601, -111.27635
  • Google Map here.
  • No service stations near by, recommend to top off off in Gold Canyon on the way in.

 

Rough Itinerary

  • Air down and depart meet up location NLT 09:30.
  • Total time to complete the run is listed at approximately 5-6 hours(Depending on how may stops we make etc.) so we should be aired up by mid-afternoon.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This trip is subject to cancellation or postponement due to rain or inclement weather.

 

Communications:

  • GMRS - Channel 20 (462.675 MHz) 
  • Ham - 146.460 MHz

                    NOTE: I use GMRS primarily. If we are going to have a mix of GMRS & HAM we can coordinate comms at meet up.

 

Other Considerations:

  • Plenty Of Water & Food (pack a lunch and snacks!)
  • Bring a jacket or warm clothing, we will be climbing to over 5,400 feet.
  • Folding chairs
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Emergency supplies / Med Kit
  • No facilities, plan accordingly

 

DRIVER & VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS

This trail is suitable for beginner for 4x4 enthusiasts.

 

Be advised there are a few steep climbs with loose rock and some mild off-camber areas. Our descent will be down the switchbacks on the east side where engine compression and well-maintained brakes will come in handy.

 

Vehicle Minimums:

  • All vehicles are required to meet state legal requirements, (i.e.: current registration and insurance)
  • Each vehicle must have a GMRS or HAM Radio in good working order
  • Have functional seat-belts for each occupant
  • Must have suitable recovery points front and rear
  • High-clearance 4x4's with low-range
  • 30"+ aggressive all-terrain or mud-terrain tires

 

SIGN-UPS

Pets and long haired freaky people are welcome. 😆 Post a reply in this thread saying you'd like to go and I'll put you on the roster!

 

This is my first time leading so I want to keep the rig count manageable so I am setting it at 9 including me. Depending on who comes I could be talked into adding more.

Once the limit is reached, anyone asking to sign-up will be placed on the standby list. Please don't hesitate to sign-up as a standby because people often do drop-out so you may get to still go.

 

Previous attendee's get dibs on the first four spots. Please let me know if you can make it or not.

Attending:

  1. @shellback91 (Leading) 
  2.  @Trail Toy
  3.   @AZLugz
  4. Mrs. @Trail Toy
  5.  
  6.  

Stand-by:

  1. @SlyDawg
  2.  
  3.  

 

 

 

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Been patiently waiting for this one to be rescheduled...  WOO HOO! 😎  I think it's obvious to go ahead and sign me up, lol!

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And the scheduling gods have smiled upon me, we're in!

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Side note, last time we ran this we found a great campsite/ lunch break area right before the gate to the switch-backs.

We volunteer for tailgunner, Stacey loves to stop for pic's.

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I can't go, but good for you to lead one Marty!!  And 7 is a very good number...

smiles, ladybug

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2 hours ago, Trail Toy said:

Been patiently waiting for this one to be rescheduled...  WOO HOO! 😎  I think it's obvious to go ahead and sign me up, lol!

Awesome! You guys are in.

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2 hours ago, Stacey and Scott said:

Side note, last time we ran this we found a great campsite/ lunch break area right before the gate to the switch-backs.

We volunteer for tailgunner, Stacey loves to stop for pic's.

Thanks for that side note. I found a good spot in that area when I was looking at the maps, it could be the same spot.

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1 hour ago, Nelskin828 said:

I'm in

 

I got you down, looking forward to meeting you.

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Im inSign me up, please

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