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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!  

 

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TRIP INFO:

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 REQUIREMENTS:

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.
 
 
COMMS:
CB Channel: 4
Ham Frequency: 146.46 MHz

 

 

SIGN UPS:

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!

 

Attending:

 

  1. 4x4tographer (Ryan) - lead
  2. @REDROCK TONIHAWK
  3. @Rubicon 18
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  8.  

 

 

On Stand-by

 

  1. @theksmith
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  3.  
  4.  

 

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Sign me up please 

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Think I am going to have to bow out of this one....got a bunch of stuff to get done around the house and I am off work that week.  Sorry.

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4 hours ago, AZRNintheJeep242 said:

Think I am going to have to bow out of this one....got a bunch of stuff to get done around the house and I am off work that week.  Sorry.


Totally understand! We’ll catch ya on the next one!

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put me on standby for now please

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4 minutes ago, theksmith said:

put me on standby for now please

You got it!

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Looking forward to Saturday! The weather is looking great. I’m curious to see how the trail has changed with all of the recent storms.

 

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I’d love to go however my cb is out of commission am I still able to join?

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count me in!

 

@Heklathejlu you can borrow my handheld ham radio to listen in and transmit if there's an emergency

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