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Backroad to Crown King
« on: July 02, 2010, 08:52:09 AM »
Location N/NE of Lake Pleasent
Rating: 3.0 (varies due to water & erosion)
Vehicle Requirements: 33" tires, shackle/spacer lift, plenty of food/water, front/rear recovery points, 4x4

The backroad to CK is a LONG trail. It can be run in as little as 3 hours or as long as 12 hours, depending on group size, skill level, and rig capability. At the end is the old mining town of Crown King. It is a real jewel nestled in the pines. The General Store sells drinks, food, and...homemade fudge! The Mill is a great place to have breakfast/lunch/dinner & the old Saloon serves up burger & Crown King Ale.

There have been many stories of late how this trail is no longer passable by an IFS rig - not true. 2Xplore recently drove it (most of the way until he bent a tierod adjuster, but continued on without issue). I have also taken a full-size Blazer through with 2 open diffs - no issues either. A built rig is never a replacement for good driving skills.  ;)
« Last Edit: July 05, 2010, 11:37:34 AM by T-Ray »

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Re: Backroad to Crown King
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2011, 09:27:48 PM »
This trail has been graded and is not very challenging anymore.  The giant boulder at the creek crossing is gone, and you could drive a minivan through there now...

It is a bummer to see, but the emergency crews were not able to easily pass through there anymore, so it had to be graded.

Luckily, there are still a few optional obstacles that can test your skills, but the main trail is pretty tame now.
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Re: Backroad to Crown King
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2011, 10:22:40 AM »
Mini Van, I don't know about that. But it sounds like the trail was made safer which is always a plus.  Since my plans to go home to Florida( Go Gators!) has been delayed (1yr)  :( It would be a run I would like to do at some point and timewith some of you fine folks. 8)
Even though I have some good practical mods on my rig, being a cheapskate, minumin damage is good thing in any ones book! ;D
But for those of you who read these threads its not as easy as you thiink it is and don't go by yourself.
Going up Apchee Trial (back way) to Roselvelt Dam there is one secting that goes into the canyon where I have witness plastic bumpers/ground effects fly away  and oil pans being cushed.
So there is no cake walk! :o
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Re: Backroad to Crown King
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 10:47:32 AM »
we ran this last weekend 9-16-12 and it was a really fun trail. the obstacles can be bypassed but the ones that are still there are fun and the toughest one will challenge an xterra depending on the line you take.
i made use of my skid plates and sliders on this trail.

definitely a fun trail worth doing great scenery and you get to stop at crown king and have a burger afterwords.

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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2014, 01:58:38 PM »
I took a 89 s10 blazer 4x4 up there in early 2012 with stock size tires and made it. No scrapes or nothing.  Its cake now I hear
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Re: Backroad to Crown King
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2014, 11:32:14 PM »
I rode the backroad today on my ATV.  I was curious to see how things changed from the major rainstorm they had back in October.  I had heard that there were a few washed out sections.  Since the storm, they have cleared the road, and it was smooth sailing the entire way up.  That being said, the optional obstacles looked more challenging now.
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Re: Backroad to Crown King
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2014, 04:54:42 AM »
Thanks for the update, we can go ahead and start planning this years kick off run :)
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Re: Backroad to Crown King
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2015, 08:57:19 PM »
Hi,

New guy here. I was thinking of doing this trail soon with my stock 02 XE. If I go around the tougher obstacles would I be able to do this? Or should I find somewhere else to go? Just trying to get out and start off roading around the area.



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Re: Backroad to Crown King
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2015, 09:02:08 PM »
Yes you'll be able to conquer this trail. We just had a 2wd do it. I believe a few people are doing this soon. Take a look in the Member Coordinated  section.
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Re: Backroad to Crown King
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2015, 07:15:54 PM »
Recently heard that this was shut down due to a road being washed out on someone's property. Apparently the owner doesn't want to fix the road so the BLM has shut it down.

Anyone have any insight on this?
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Re: Backroad to Crown King
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2015, 02:46:07 AM »
Might take my dirtbike up there to confirm this weekend. Depends on if I get yard work done friday

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Re: Backroad to Crown King
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2015, 07:51:49 AM »
Jeep people went up two weekends ago. Rumors were false.
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Re: Backroad to Crown King
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2015, 04:01:43 AM »
Jeep people went up two weekends ago. Rumors were false.

Yep just had some buddies go up yesterday. Only change was snow on the ground.

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Re: Backroad to Crown King
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2017, 04:58:21 AM »
Recently heard that this was shut down due to a road being washed out on someone's property. Apparently the owner doesn't want to fix the road so the BLM has shut it down.

Anyone have any insight on this?
A mine reopened in the area, and they closed the road onto their property.  The CK road was closed for a couple weeks.  You now have to travel about 1/8 of a mile up a creek.  Best part of my last trip!!   https://youtu.be/ypZSfaVjw2U
More trail updates.  I was on 33s with sliders, and had issues on this trail. I hit my sliders a couple times.  This trail is becoming more difficult, even with good trail weather.   

« Last Edit: February 20, 2017, 04:59:57 AM by Stoic V »