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May 1, 2021: Badge of Honor Run | Crown King | Moderate-Difficult

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Saturday, May 1, 2021: Back Way to Crown King, 4x4 Moderate-Difficult

 

Join me for a Jeep Badge of Honor run on the Back Road to Crown King. If you haven't heard, Jeep recently expanded their BoH offering in Arizona, with 3 trails represented (Table Mesa and Schnebly Hill are the other 2). If you're unfamiliar with the program, click here

 

Jeep Badge of Honor Basics:

  • The program is entirely free, but only available to Jeep owners with a valid VIN number
  • You use the Jeep Badge of Honor app to check in at the trailhead. GPS coords verify you were really there
  • A few weeks later, a sweet badge shows up in the mail at your house. Some people put them on their rig, others get more creative.

 

 

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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

 

 

Meet Up Timing: 

  • 7:00am meet up
  • Air down and depart by 7:20am.
  • Sunrise is 5:40am for reference
  • Please arrive with a full tank of gas

 

Trail Duration:

Duration is approximately 6-8 hours. In 2020 we spent 5 hours in motion.

The trail ends in the town of Crown King. To get back the i17, 

 

 

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 Unlimited Rubicon ran the trail fine in 2018, 2019, and 2020 with a few rock rail hits, and a skid touch or two. Every year I get hung up on the ledge just outside of Oro Bell Mine. This will be my first time running it with a lift kit and stock 33" tires.

 

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 about 20 degrees cooler at the top (6,400ft)
  • Bring a chair!
  • Bring a lunch, snacks, 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 GMRS Radio or a Ham Radio in good working order
  • High-clearance 4x4's with low-range
  • Aggressive A/T or M/T tires
    • 2dr - 30"+ tires
    • 4dr - 33"+ tires
 
Vehicle Recommendations:
Skid plates on important areas such as transfer-case & gas-tank, sliders/rock-rails, aftermarket differential covers, high-clearance metal bumpers, low axle gearing, 4:1 transfer case, mild suspension lift, 33"+ tires.
 
 
COMMS:
  • GMRS - Channel 20 (462.675 MHz) 
  • Ham - 146.460 MHz

 

 

SIGN UPS:

Rig Limit This trip is limited to 6 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

2 - @AZRNintheJeep242

3 - @Trail Toy

4 - @gearhead

5 - @K2man56

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Standby:

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Us Toyota owners give this a big thumbs down.

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3 minutes ago, Lichen said:

Us Toyota owners give this a big thumbs down.


You're more than welcome to come!

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1 hour ago, Lichen said:

Us Toyota owners give this a big thumbs down.

 

show up and we'll make you your very own badge of dishonor!

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Please add me to the attendee list. 

 

Regards 

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Please add us!  I'm game to run this again and try some of the obstacles I bypassed the first time and getting a badge is really cool!  This time Sarah will be going along.  😎

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Sign me up please.   Can we do the run without participating in the 'Jeep Badge of Honor' program?  thanks!  :) 

 

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30 minutes ago, gearhead said:

Sign me up please.   Can we do the run without participating in the 'Jeep Badge of Honor' program?  thanks!  :) 

 


Of course! 

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Count us in, down for awhile and this would be a good trail to hit. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Proud Of You Yes GIF

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