Backway to Crown King

HARD 25 reviews

Backway to Crown King is a 26.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Peoria, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
26.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6712 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

walking

views

Steep climb goes from desert to cooler mountains This is a challenging four-wheel-drive route but is also a great historical tour. Your trip will be greatly enhanced if you learn a little about the area before you go. A book I've found most helpful is Crown King and the Southern Bradshaws: A Complete History by Bruce M. Wilson. It explains the history and development of the mines and mining towns with pictures from the past. Knowing how things looked back then will help you understand what remains today. Located in Prescott National Forest. For current conditions call Bradshaw Ranger District (928) 443-8000 Most of this route is easy to moderate; however, there are a few difficult places that will challenge stock vehicles. The road has gotten worse over the years, especially the steepest part in the last four miles. Erosion has exposed more rocks and deep ruts have formed. Aggressive stock vehicles with good articulation can get up this trail but they may need to stack rocks or be helped with a tow strap.

off road driving
13 days ago

Fun trail. Ran it today in my 99 XJ. Took about 4 hours from start to finish. Then had lunch in Crown King. not sure if i would call this a hard trail, it can be in spots, but overall a lot of fun.

off road driving
19 days ago

Ran this with some friends on 5/27/17. It can be a LONG day so be prepared with lunch and/or snacks. It can also be HOT so be sure to bring lots of water.

The southern half of the trail was a bit boring and hot. Mostly fire road type of terrain. There were three or four obstacles to break things up a little but not much. There was really only one significant obstacle. All the obstacles had bypasses so not to worry if an obstacle makes you uncomfortable.

It was just rough enough that I would not recommend trying this road without high clearance.

The north part of the trail gained some altitude. It got cooler, the terrain changed to forest, an the views were great. Part of the trail ran through a creek bed. Not a lot of water to worry about but the rocks were fun.

Make sure you have a spare. You probably won't need it but there are enough rocks, especially in the creek bed, that you could lose a tire...I did. Glad I had the spare and the jack.

Overall, it was a good day, but long. Not a super challenging trail, but I'm glad I did it at least once.

off road driving
20 days ago

Challenging trail 4x4 is a must

26 days ago

off road driving
1 month ago

Great off road day trip from Lake Pleasant to Crown King! Drove it in a 2008 Land Cruiser. Definitely challenging in spots due to the vehicle size, but still doable if you choose to use the bypasses for a couple of the six obstacles on the path. Watch out for the center rock in the path somewhere in the last 3-4 miles of the assent. It could be a doozy!

off road driving
1 month ago

2 months ago

off road driving
2 months ago

If you start from I-17 and go to Cleator then Crown King and head down to lake pleasant plan for an all day trip. 7+ hours depending on how long you stop and site see.
The ride in to Cleator and then to Crown King from exit 259 "bloody basin" N bound on I-17 was washboards and a few one lane bridges so watch out for traffic in blind corners. With this being the start of snake season watch out for rattlers and other snakes warming up in the road and in pull outs if you stop to "relieve" yourself or site see. This was an easy ride in our Rubicon. We saw many stock non 4 wheel drive vehicles along the way enjoying this trail also.
Now the trail from Crown King down to lake pleasant increases from easy to difficult (in our humble opinion) we hit bottom twice on our way down (3.5" lift, 33" tires with sway bar disconnected) probably due to poor line choice but it's worth mentioning. The scenery was incredible. Steep drop offs, narrow road that you will need to share with those headed up and a few water crossing at one point the "road" was closed and we had to drive the wash with water flowing.
Very enjoyable trail.

2 months ago

great off roading

2 months ago

off road driving
3 months ago

Nice ride, definitely a full day trip. Left Phoenix around 11am and returned around 7pm after stopping for a burger and drink in Crown King. Most of the trail was moderate but there are a couple pretty large obstacles (rocks/boulders) that you could not bypass towards the end so you have to go over them. There was a backup of vehicles in this area as nearly every 4x4 we saw go over them bottomed out (even some with lifts). Was able to do it in my stock Wrangler Unlimited, bottomed out a few times but was able to make it over. A little bit of a lift would have been helpful! Talked to some people at the top and part of their group didn't make it due to a broken axle on one vehicle and a broken control arm on another vehicle. Fun drive but some tough spots.

off road driving
4 months ago

Jeep Rubicon no problem, saw a few F150s making the run. Drive through stream can get deep after rain.

off road driving
4 months ago

Just went 2/3/17. Great drive. Lots of water and small waterfalls.

6 months ago

it was fun amazing views great time with the family the people at crown king were supper nice definitely will go back but I also definitely gotta upgrade my jeep .

6 months ago

off road driving
6 months ago

great day trip grab lunch and beers at one of the restaurants at crown king sidexside family fun

6 months ago

great for side x side riding

off road driving
7 months ago

7 months ago

off road driving
Saturday, June 18, 2016