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Saturday 12/7: Back Way to Crown King

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Saturday, December 7, 2019: Back Way to Crown King, 4x4 Moderate-Difficult


How about a little pre-holiday CK action? Grab your coffee, a camp chair, a lunch, and some snacks for the road. We'll aim to be in "town" for a late lunch/early dinner.


If you care to stick around, the CK Annual Holiday 4x4 Light Parade is that evening, followed by a visit by the jolly old elf himself at the Crown King Saloon!  








Meeting Location: 

Alongside Castle Hot Springs Road here (map)

33°54'11.4"N 112°19'32.1"W

33.903277, -112.325595



Timing: 7:00am meet up.

Air down and depart by 7:30am.

Sunrise is 7:21am for reference


Trail Duration Time is approximately 6-8 hours 



Trail Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

This trail "changes" all of the time depending upon wear/weather. There are multiple (7) obstacles, all but 1 (to my knowledge) have a bypass.


My stock JL Rubicon ran the trail fine in 2018 with a few rock rail hits, and a skid touch or two. Prior to that, I've run with groups of current generation 2015+ Cherokee KL Trailhawks, but with extensive use of skids, rock sliders.


Extensive trail information/description and map track downloads can be found here: https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/1411-backway-to-crown-king-arizona



Additional Considerations:

  • Dress for the weather (layers). It's 20-30 degrees cooler at the top (6,400ft)
  • Consider wearing an ugly Christmas sweater!
  • Bring a chair!
  • Bring a lunch and plenty of water
  • Bring a camera!
  • Recovery gear/traction aid
  • Emergency supplies / Med kit




Vehicle Minimums:

  • All vehicles are required to meet state legal requirements, (i.e.: current registration and insurance)
  • Have functional seat-belts for each occupant
  • Must have suitable recovery points front and rear
  • Each vehicle must have a CB Radio or a Ham Radio in good working order
  • High-clearance 4x4's with low-range
  • 30"+ aggressive all-terrain or mud-terrain tires
Vehicle Recommendations:
Skid plates on important areas such as transfer-case & gas-tank, rock-rails, aftermarket differential covers, high-clearance metal bumpers, trimmed wheel wells, low axle gearing, upgraded axle shafts, 4:1 transfer case, 33"+ tires, custom roll-cage.
CB Channel: 4
Ham Frequency: 146.46 MHz




Rig Limit This trip is limited to 8 total rigs. Once the limit is reached, anyone asking to sign-up will be placed on the standby list. Please don't hesitate to sign-up as a standby because people often do drop-out so you may get to still go.


Post a reply in this thread saying you'd like to go and I'll put you on the roster!




  1. 4x4tographer (Ryan) - lead
  2. AZRNintheJeep242
  3. Redrock Tonihawk
  4. Rubicon 18



On Stand-by




santa claus GIF



Edited by 4x4tographer
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