Crown King Backroad

Wickenburg, Arizona 85390

Crown King Backroad

Crown King Backroad Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"If you were to ask a cross-section of four-wheel drivers in Arizona to name their favorite trail, or the best-known trail in the state, there is a very good chance that the Crown King Backroad would come out on top. It seems that everyone has heard of the trail and its rough and rugged reputation, not to mention its length. The time we give is the estimate for one or two vehicles to travel the full length of the trail—larger groups normally allow a full day.

Special Attractions: Sears-Kay Ruin; Access to many backcountry trails; Seven Springs Recreation Site. This trail is for experienced four-wheel drivers only. It is potentially dangerous, with large rocks, ruts, or terraces that may need to be negotiated. It may also have stream crossings at least 18 inches deep, involve rapid currents, unstable stream bottoms, or difficult access; steep slopes, loose surfaces, and narrow clearances; or very narrow sections of shelf road with steep drop-offs and potentially challenging road surfaces."

Crown King Backroad Reviews

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Just picked up a Jeep Rubicon 2-Dr and decided to take a day drive to Crown King from Phoenix for lunch. Decided to take the Backroad from Crown King to Lake Pleasant on the way home and it was an awesome drive, but some parts were challenging. It was longer than I expected and thought would lose daylight so that was a bit nerve racking; if you go allow plenty of time. This drive ws well worth the travel but make sure you have high clearance vehicle so as not to get stuck in the middle of nowhere. Fun Times and Highly Recommend...
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Great trail that traverses several different ecosystems. Go when it is dry and not too hot. Requires high ground clearance and a rear locker is very helpful (stock vehicles will get hung up on rocks and will suffer damage). I've completed the trail in lifted 4Runner, stock Land Rover Discovery 2, and a lifted Jeep Liberty. The lifted Jeep Liberty and a stock Xterra got hung up in several locations. Lots of ATVs travel this route. Plan a full day for this trip and never travel it with only a single vehicle.
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Trail is a great challenge. I was told by a few folks on the way up that I may not be able to make the final climb on the trail. Multiple boulder fields, tricky positioning of wheels, tight narrow trail, makes for a very difficult challenge. There are limited places to turn around on the difficult parts, and the trail is very long. I felt like turning around half way through, as I was solo, but after tackling a few of the boulder fields, I didn't want to back track. Once you start, you should commit to finishing. I have a 2000 4Runner limited with locking rear diff with an OME 3.5" suspension lift, and 33"BF Goodrich TKO's almost new, and this was still very challenging. Wider vehicles would not fair well, and most stock vehicles may not be successful. Great scenary and wildlife along the way. Bring plenty of water and music.Total Trail Time was just over 7 hours, but I stopped for tons of photos. Enjoy!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
5 hours
2,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,600 feet
Top Elevation
Prescott National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Crown King, Columbia, Governors Peak, Bradshaw Mts., Phoenix North; BLM Bradshaw, Phoenix North; USFS Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018