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    RR: Reavis Canyon (Montana Mtn.)

    Here's the full recap. Now for a cliff-notes version:

    ECEGatorTuro and I headed out to the Picketpost trailhead to ride north. It was about 17 miles of winding, climbing forest road up to the AZT junction near the top of Montana Mtn. Incredible views all along the way. Arturo took a short break while I did a 5 mile RT OnB down to Rogers Trough TH, just so I could ride the full passage north to the wilderness boundary.

    Back on top at the AZT singletrack, a wicked fun descent had us in awe of the views & penalty for failure on the switchbacks. The terrain reminded me a lot of southern AZ, the rolling grasslands near Kentucky Camp. The tread of the trail is actually in pretty good order, the catclaw & Russian thistle were out of control!!

    BY the time we met up with FR650 it was getting toasty, our water was getting low & hot, so we opted to finish the ride the way we started - FR650. In all, it's a great loop that could use more tires & loppers. I'll be back, perhaps before it cools down just to bag the remaining 10 miles of AZT back to Picketpost.

    Here are a few snaps:
    Getting set to climb away.


    Arturo nearing the high point of the ride, big views to the east.


    Turnaround for me.


    Enjoying the view.


    Keep your eyes on the trail!!


    Near the end.
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    It was a fun and torturous ride. Thanks again for the invite John!

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    do that with those temps, impressive.

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    Agreed I have ridden from the top of Montana mt. down many times and wouldn't even consider it unless I got a very early start. I think we have done it under 3hrs down to the 60. Great ride just hell getting up there if you want to shuttle it . I find driving up the west end is quicker .I also have some video in my youtube broken down into 3 parts. I plan to ride from the top down to kelvin bridge in the winter.
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    Clockwork: I recall your ride report from a while back, it was one of the few of the trail I found. I too plan on doing some sort of Montana Mtn -> Kelvin route, perhaps a 2 or 3-day bikepack thrown in combining some of the other jeep roads down along the Gila for good measure.
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    Very nice. My life is missing views and solitude like that. All this concrete and asphalt is crushing my delicate soul! At least you bring me pictures to keep me from going over the edge. I can't wait to climb a mountain again!
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    Really cool ride & shots, freeskier46. That dry heat can be a nasty, good call on the escape route.

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    Nice report. But, go back and do the Windmill to Railroad portion 1 day; very nice snaking thru the canyon along//thru the creek. Some of the nicest singke trak I have ridden in Az. Wonder if the creek is flowing now; I can only do it in 'winter'.
    I was hoping that the trail steward might cut some of the sharps; they were bad even in March when I last rode it; and didn't see any other signs of usage on the steep section coming from wilderness area. very pristine, and yet so close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post
    Clockwork: I recall your ride report from a while back, it was one of the few of the trail I found. I too plan on doing some sort of Montana Mtn -> Kelvin route, perhaps a 2 or 3-day bikepack thrown in combining some of the other jeep roads down along the Gila for good measure.
    That would be a fun bikepack! I might join that one as well.

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