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Backway to Crown King

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Location Crown King, AZ
Rating Difficult,
Length 25.3mi
Time 5hrs

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Popular, challenging offroad adventure to historic Crown King.

Popular and challenging 4-wheel-drive route with lots of history. We’ve driven this trail many times over the past 20 years, and each time trail conditions were different. On our last drive, we even found a newly routed section through a challenging rocky creek around active mining. non-street-legal vehicles are allowed on roads inside Prescott National Forest. You should be street legal to ride on Cow Creek Road, but we saw several ATVs that were not. Fines are possible.


Trail Ratings Defined

Most of the trail is maintained, but a good rain can make it more difficult. Very steep and rocky in spots, with one obstacle you can’t bypass. Some short sections of narrow shelf road. Skid plates recommended.






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(928) 443-8000Prescott N.F., Bradshaw R.D.

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MAS says

This trail is a Phoenix classic. That said, it is a trail of two faces. On the bright side, the lower half, until the riverbed, offers 6-7 great optional challenges for people who want to test themselves and their rigs in serious terrain. On a different note, driving the entirety of the trail gets one to experience the landscape change from Sonoran Desert to Pine forest. On the downside, the trail is overcrowded, at least on weekends, and while there were only a couple of actual challenges in Fall 2018, the trail was simply not fun for me to drive, unlike trails such as Broken Arrow or Red Rock Powerline. It was a "meh" experience on the whole, partly because of the length to fun ratio. I think it deserves 3 stars on account of its positive features, but it is very low on my list of trails to re-drive. Then, again, others really love the trail, so opinions will vary.

AC says

Took my KLR650 through this trail at the beginning of 2020. I WOULD NOT recommend this trail on a heavy bike unless you are very experienced with it. It was quite a challenge and the size of the rocks had us getting off our bikes semi-frequently to tag team some sections. Also, was very busy with SxS and jeep enthusiasts. We were the only bikes on the trail that day so I'd say this is geared towards 4 wheel vehicles more than dirtbikes/dual sports. Was it worth the challenge? Maybe. Will I ride it again? No.
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