Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails
by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)
© Charles A. Wells/FunTreks. All Rights Reserved.
This is a good long trail with a lot of rock crawling. You'll start at the desert floor near Lake Pleasant and end up in the pines in Crown King. I first drove this trail in 2009 in my then stock F-150 and got stuck twice on the rocks. The trail has changed significantly since then. There was some road equipment staged around the mid-point and it's obvious that much of the trail has been worked on. That said, there is still a lot of decent rock crawling and some nice hills to conquer. There is still one bare rock incline that i had to back up and take a different angle. But otherwise, my lightly modified F-150 had zero problems on this trail and I didn't scrape bottom once. Plan on a good 5-6 hours on the trail and don't air back up until you get to I-17. The washboard road is 30 miles from Crown King to I-17.
Fun trail to spend the day on, some new updates need to be posted for this trail. As of May 2012 most of the trail has been graded and is in good shape. The middle of the trail still has Rock Fields you need to pass thru but as long as you take your time it's nothing a stock Jeep can't handle. I've posted a few photos of the road so can see for yourself.
Very rough and twisty to the point of making me feel ill in places. Never did put my TJ into 4wd but folk less comfortable with their vehicles probably should at lest for the last part. Lots of jagged rocks and sharp turns. If you can't tolerate heights this is not your trail. Scenery is great but if you are the driver you will be too busy to see it.
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