PHX - Apache Leap - Montana Mt - Millsite Canyon Ride

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  1. Nightstalker

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    Great turnout for an exploration ride yesterday!

    Yardstick - KTM 950 SER
    Dillion@Zen - KTM 950 Adventure
    Montek - KLR 650
    2spot - ATK 605
    Mack - Husaburg ?
    DOD - KTM 525
    Sonoran - KTM 450
    HoosierTrailMaster(HTM) - KTM 450
    Big-E - Yamaha WR450
    Slowred - Honda 450X
    Nightstalker - Honda 450X

    Staging in Superior.

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    Big-E got some fancy new boots. I was the first to step on them!

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    Can you believe that I forgot to load the route into my GPS?? Thank goodness Yardstick had it loaded into his. We swapped our Garmin GPSmap 60CSx units for the duration of the ride. Thanks Yardstick!

    Yardstick with, our destination, Apache Leap Mountain in the distance.

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    The turnoff for this jeep road is well hidden. I don't think we would have found it if I didn't have it GPS'd.

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    Turns out that 315 isn't exactly big bike friendly. We would have to climb 1340 feet in 2.85 miles!

    The road in.

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    Mack approaches.

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    Followed by Montek.

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    Riders prepare for their steep, rocky, assent.

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    Yardstick give this terrible hill a go. And turns back.

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    Slowred up next. VIDEO!!

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    Big-E.

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    Sonoran.

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    HoosierTrailMaster - almost too fast to be caught on camera!

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    The same could be said for 2spot.

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    Mack has a cheater Rekluse clutch.

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    Here the group split. Yardstick, Montek, Dillon, and DOD would meet us somewhere on Montana Mountain.

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    The rest of us continued to climb Apache Leap Mountain. This is what it looked like when we peaked out.

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    It wasn't long before I had us on a planned offshoot trail, Hackberry Creek Canyon.

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    Here's where HoosierTrailMaster and I would have our only fall for the day.

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    HTM threw a block pass on me and took us both out. 2spot would take the win!

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    The canyon trail was awesome!!

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    Trail was challenging at spots.

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    Slowred.

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    Looking back at Hackberry Creek Canyon from FS 315.

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    Last shot on Apache Leap Mountain. There's a road that takes you to an overlook of the town of Superior 2000 feet below. Unforunately, it crosses Mining private property, which the eastern European woman at the guard shack explained to us. Not even Nightstalker charm could break through her cold iron curtain.

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    Off to Montana Mountain. The route is well marked.

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    Plenty of warning too.

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    Doesn't look too bad as we approach Julio Hill.

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    LET IT BEGIN! LET IT BEGIN!!

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    Sonoran

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    Big-E

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    Slowred descends on Julio Hill proper.

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    Big-E pays homage.

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    Sonoran up next.

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    Looking good.

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    DOH!

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    Mack plays it smart.

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    2spot charges through.

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    One last shot on Julio Hill.

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    Mack was having some problems getting his Husaberg to start. HTM lends a hand.

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    Sonoran and 2spot help detain the beast.

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    The road from here eases up and we get to enjoy the scenery.

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    We'll be climbing this hill after a visit to the cabin.

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    Heading down.

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    Switchbacks galore!

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    Hey guys, I know a shortcut down to the Cabin...

    Slowred.

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    HTM

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    Looks like Yardstick knows the shortcut too!!! The gang is reunited!!

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    The cabin.

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    Mack and DOD at the cabin.

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    Checking out an old mine nearby.

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    But we're not here to explore old mines...we're here to RIDE!!

    Up the hill of switchbacks.

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