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Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails
by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)
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took the opposite route starting from Jerome in an 07 rubi unlimited with 37's .. as with one of the previous reviews. i did not have the spedometer calibrated yet and with my girlfriend as the co pilot we made it thru with some confusion.. never found the hard left or smiley rock... BUT THAT BOULDER FIELD WAS AWESOME!! .... she hated it....
Trail info was a little iffy as far as directions go. The book was published in 09 (i think) so some things have changed. course, we put 35" tires on and havn't had the opportunity to recal the speedo.....so....that would be my bad. At the power lines there is a definate left turn that looks like it goes to the sub station. It does not. Take the left and keep the powerlines on your right. if you pass under you are on the wrong track. The wash portion of the trip was awsome. I did it in a stock 2012 rubicon with 35" tires and no lift. Rubbed tires a few times but if you go slow it is manageble. it had been wet around Jerome so when you pulled out of the valley and got to the top again the mud was bout 6-8 inches and slick.....was nice to have the lockers. Plan to be patient. It seemed like it was 5 miles of rock and river....it was probably only 3 but it took me 3 hours to get through the was and back up the hill out of the valley. We left Jerome at about 2:30pm and got to the main road where it exits from the trail south of Jerome at about 9:00pm.
The directions were a little misleading around the power lines. I feel it should say "stay sraight" instead of "bear left". You obviously know not to turn into the sub-staion under the wires. The boulder fields were pretty tough for a 3" lift and no lockers. You definitely will need a spotter if you have a jeep set up as mine. We met a jeep out there by himself and helped him through. I don't know what he would have done without our help.
The first part of this trail is not bad. The last .25 mile is a rock bed with large rocks. It took about an hour to maneuver through. It is a challenge for a stock Rubicon. Smiley rock is nothing impressive but a fun day trip.
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