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Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails
by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)
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This trail is one I've enjoyed several times (about 5x this year) all around fun and mostly easy with a great view inside Box-Canyon. You'll see a few people on this trail mostly Jeeps. Bring a camera for some great pictures.
I finally ran this trail after wanting to do so for quite a while. Scenery was great, but be prepared for a lot oftraffic if you go on hte weekend. Two sections are challengin. Th e first is the falls, just before you actually get in box canyon. You should be fine with a stock 4x4, but long wheel bases will have issues. In the canyon itself there is a large boulder that you have no choice but to go over. I dargged my skid plated heavily on a '08 Jeep Wrangler with a 2.5" lift and if the boulder was about 1-2" higher, I would have high centered on it. Stock 4x4's will probably not get over this without stacking rocks first to create a ramp on both sides. The other thing is getting around there. There are dozens of trails that spur off the main trail and it's difficult to follow as it's not marked very well, so be prepared to back track some if you think you went the wrong way. Overall, it was a great day out on the trails and will probably run it again, but during the week to minimize traffic.
This trail was easy, and a nice drive, but if you go on the weekend there are four wheelers everywhere and some of them can be pretty rude hauling past you without waiting for you to pull over for them, at one point we almost obliterated a couple going way to fast in the canyon on a blind turn while we were climbing over a boulder. Minus people with no trail curtosy this is a very scenic trip, a stock vehicle with careful tire placement would be ok, we joked about coming back in our nissan frontier 2wd instead of our jeep. We didnt run 4wd a single time for this leg of the trip, box canyon was a different story but almost no one was back there so it was pleasant.
Ran this trail backwards (uphill), at night, coming from the Coke Ovens. This trail has several spots that would challenge stock vehicles, though, with armor and high-ground clearance, and good tough tires, a stock vehicle shouldn't have many problems. There are many large boulders to cross, which can (and did) hang up lower clearance vehicles. Go with a buddy (or ten) and bring some tow-straps.
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