Backway to Crown King

HARD 43 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
6066 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
18 days ago

19 days ago

good 4 x4 trail. you will need it. high clearance recommend. gentle in the beginning challenging hits about half way to the end. 3 pretty good uphill challenges, be prepared, pick your route, they are short but tricky. . beautiful scenery.

off road driving
20 days ago

We did this ride on our dual sport motorcycles and we had a good time! Pretty easy overall

scenic driving
1 month ago

The best

off road driving
1 month ago

Wonderful views and great time with atv and Jeeps.

off road driving
2 months ago

off road driving
2 months ago

Such a nice beautiful drive through the woods and dessert. There is a few water crossings which make the trail even more enjoyable.

hiking
2 months ago

off road driving
2 months ago

Started out as a great day lots of traffic on the trail This was a hard trail in some places for a stock jeep some obstacles are not by passable all and all was a fun day good burgers and beer at Crown King Gregs wife

off road driving
3 months ago

Started off easy, but past the last houses the real fun started. Took the trail with an ADV motorcycle. It was hard, sometimes impossible for such a heavy bike. Thank god for my small winch. There are section an ADV bike has to use the bypass. One (flat) section lead through a rocky river bed due to some construction going on. Not sure if it was really the right trail, but it was a bit annoying. I saw a group of Jeeps crawling through the difficult sections. Really cool. I also came across a few guys on dirt bikes that did not seem to have any issues at all. Flew right past :)
Again, An ADV bike with 550lbs might not be your best choice for such a trail, but I like the challenge. Overall expect to be on this trail easily 5-7h with breaks and some hard work. One may think that a few tens miles is not much, but believe me, off road it can be a really long trip. Any 4x4 with decent ground clearance will handle this trail IMHO. Dirt bikes should be good as well, ADVs can be a real challenge. Remember to bring plenty of water and food especially during the summer months, one will sweat a lot :)
Once you get closer to Crown King scenery changes to forest and more sandy trail (vs mostly rocks before). Took the straight way to I-17 from CK as it was late already. That part is really just a main dirt road, no challenges there.
Too bad my phone overheated constantly, so I could not record the whole trail. Outside temperature was indicated at times at 122F, but that could have also been from engine heat. Nevertheless weather forecast said for that day 107F and lots of sun, which I can definitely confirm to have been true.
I think I'll go back, maybe when it is a bit cooler, then lodge in CK. CK itself seems really nice.

off road driving
3 months ago

4 months ago

off road driving
4 months ago

off road driving
4 months ago

4 months ago

off road driving
4 months ago

Did this in my '98 Wrangler (TJ) and my uncle's '96 Cherokee (XJ). Which was a very fun time. Took about 5 hours as we stopped half way through at the lunch spot (Where everyone stops) met some cool people saw some cool rigs, we did all the obstacles as we have pretty built rigs but bypasses are there for pretty much all the obstacles. If you get stuck there's a million people on the trail so someone will most likely come by. We are again at Crown King and got fudge at the general store. Overall it's a really fun trail no matter what off-road vehicle you have, used to be really rough and super rocky for more crawling but they have mellowed it down a ton because of the fires up there recently. 5 star trail, fun for a day trip.

off road driving
4 months ago

Ran this with a buddy for the first time for both of us. Took about 5 hours with a break for food, checking maps and taking photos along this beautiful trail. Got hung up on a few obstacles but 2 of 3 had to deal with approach angle because my 4Runner Limited has such a low hanging front bumper. Mind the wasps that seem to hang out in the beginning 3rd of the trail. No water in any of the crossings but that was ok. My 4Runner is stock other than AT tires and I removed the rockers jic.

off road driving
5 months ago

off road driving
6 months 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
6 months 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.