Backway to Crown King

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Backway to Crown King is a 26.3 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Peoria, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 26.3 miles Elevation Gain: 6,118 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

ohv / off road driving

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

historic site

Steep climb goes from desert to cooler mountains This is a challenging four-wheel-drive route but is also a great historical tour. 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.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

ohv/off road driving
icy
muddy
washed out
1 month ago

Third time doing this trail and it was snowy at the top. Some areas a little washed out cause of rain but still a good time.

scenic driving
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Only got 24 miles out of 31 up - turned around really high rutted roads - stock F-150 -4x4 STX With running boards 04’ with 391,000 Miles - needed a little more height or testicular fortitude

2 months ago

Would a quad make this trip easily or no? anyone?

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

It's a fairly easy trail... except for three or four serious spots. Like driving down the creek bed because jackass Tony Beets decided to mine for gold in the middle of a Forest Road. Not sure how he can get away with this. There's a few other squirrely spots. Drove my 2020 Can Am Maverick X3 with 32" tires up... handled everything like a champ. Great time up on top in CK... the saloon is always a good place to hang out.

ohv/off road driving
muddy
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

I just did this trail in my 2018 Raptor. I was barely able to complete due to trail conditions. There is ice at the top and it is super scetchy at times as well as parts of the trail washing out due to snow melt and recent rain.

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

what a perfect time to go days after a rain still water going down the river and no dust better have 35

ohv/off road driving
rocky
scramble
washed out
3 months ago

Awesome

rocky
3 months ago

ohv/off road driving
rocky
4 months ago

ohv/off road driving
4 months ago

Second time running this trail in last couple months. The trail seemed more difficult this time around. More rocky obstacles, I’m thinking the recent storms have something to do with it. Was a great time, made it easily with 2 inch lifted Jeep JL with 35s. Friend with stock JL sport with 33s had some difficult but was able to finish with a little help.

ohv/off road driving
off trail
rocky
4 months ago

I did Crown king for the 1st time with my new Colorado ZR2 even thou we got lost at one point and drove the wrong way lol it was so good, the part where you have to pass through the shore is so rocky if you are going with a truck (mid or full size) you probably need or want a spotter .

ohv/off road driving
4 months ago

if the miner is so nice why doesn't he put a track above the creek bed and signs directing us to stay on track, so he doesn't have to point it out so often.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
4 months ago

ohv/off road driving
closed
6 months ago

The trail is a wreck. I do not understand how someone got to put a claim in on the trail and literally tear it apart and reroute it. The stream bed has not seen water in a very long time due to the miner damming it up further upstream. Again, I have no idea who this guy is that could claim so much land and tear the shit out of it. Beautiful desert landscape once making the trip all worth it has been scraped and looks horrible by someone who obviously doesn’t care.

ohv/off road driving
6 months ago

I did it in my 2001 grand cherokee without a lift. I make it thanks to the miner pointing out the road/river bottom. It did inspire me to get a 4 inch lift and bigger tires. Can't wait to do it again when lift is installed. The lift made it SO much easier. No stacking rocks to get over obstacles this time! Fly-N-Hi in Phoenix does bad work. 7 times back to their shop in 2000 miles after not installing all the parts in my lift kit. Had to take it to another shop to get it fixed properly.

hiking
6 months ago

Miners have road blocked towards the top. apparently a bypass through a creek bed.

ohv/off road driving
7 months ago

Stock height 19 4runner offroad on 275/70/15 KO2s with plenty of tread, so just over 10" clearence. There are 3 or 4 hairy spots, the worst of which is the heavily exposed bed rock 3/4 the way through others have mentioned. Gave my skids some new kisses and had to do a bit of rock stacking to get over it. I had to use my lockers in a few spots, but I'm no pro, so better stacking and a bit more finesse could probably avoid needing them. I'd likely shy away with street tires if anyone is actually attempting that, but I'm sure it could be done. The bypass that was put in to avoid the miners claim is in bad shape, the foot+ of dirt they laid on a rock path was washed away last monsoon according to the guy tending to the land (nice fellow, talked with us as we crossed). This is the first fun stuff, if you get across that you can finish the trail without too much trouble. I have a BP-51 suspension kit coming in that grabs 3", so puts me a bit over 13". In the current trail state that should be pretty comfortable.

ohv/off road driving
7 months ago

Great views and scenery. Not very difficult, one technical spot to climb up. Was a rock ledge with no by pass. With a little skill and patience not to bad. The creek next to the mine/construction was bumpy but not difficult. We completed the trail in a Jeep JL Rubicon with 2” Mopar lift with 35’s. I think a stock Jeep could probably easily complete the trail with a little work at the rock ledge and good driving skills.

ohv/off road driving
7 months ago

Hard is an understatement! Took 4 1/2 hours from lake pleasant to crown king if you take cow creek road and turn right at the ck rock. The first half is pretty easy. The last half is the hard part. A ton of slow off road rocky trailing. Did it in a stock 2012 wrangler unlimited. When you make it to the mine and have to go up the creek bed road is when all the slow and go fun stuff starts. Glad to have gone with a friend who also took his stock rubicon wrangler. If the miner wasn’t hanging out in his camper probably would’ve turned around. Asked him where the road to crown king was and he said your on it and it was a super rocky creek bed filled with water and big rocks. Lasted about 400 yards. Walked up to look at it and there was a huge boulder in the middle. Walked back to the Jeep and yelled to the miner again and he said they do it every day there’s a way around the big boulder. Another guy said if you go to fast you’ll bust an axle. Went for it and had to take it slow but was a ton of fun. After that everything from the mine to the town of crown king was slow and go. If your looking for fun and a good rock climbing slow bouncy real off road experience this is it. Oh yeah wouldn’t recommend taking the dog on this trail. Good luck and get yourself an I survived the off road trip t shirt at the store when you make it to crown king. the food and beer in the saloon was worth the trip!

7 months ago

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