Photographer's Note

The views stupendous, the road horrendous. Driving Forest Road 650 to the top of Montana Mountain in the Tonto National Forest (north of Superior) is a challenge to nerves as well as one's body. The road is extremely rough with multiple hairpin turns over steep drops requiring a high clearance vehicle, though 4 wheel drive is not essential. To give you an idea of the tightness of some of the turns, one of them required backing and turning with a short wheelbase Jeep. The road has an elevation gain of over 3,200 feet (about 1,000) metres on its way to the Roger's Trough Trailhead. (The easier route to the trailhead is using Forest Road 172.)

This view is to the East, over Apache Leap to the Pinal Mountains.

I debated cropping the sun from the image. I've left it in, but I'd like your views on that decision.

ISO 200, f/14.0, 1/800, 28mm

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