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Club Information => Member Coordinated Events => Topic started by: T-Ray on April 12, 2010, 10:05:48 AM

Title: Crown King & Camping
Post by: T-Ray on April 12, 2010, 10:05:48 AM
Open invite to all AZXC:
Running the backway up this Saturday the 17th & camping overnight. Planning to run it back down Sunday morning. Lindsey will be driving (our 2nd Gen) up the main road later Saturday (with our camping gear) if anyone wants to go that route.

Meeting: The ususal Chevron
Time:  TBD - stay tuned
Trail rating: This trail changes frequently. I've run it where it would garner a 2.5 rating & I've run it where it would be a 3.5.  A lot of the upper boulder section has been graded smooth recently & there is only 1 or two technical spots left.

I would suggest minimum requirements would be some suspension lift & aggressive 33" tires.

Camping will be @ Horsethief Lake. We'll head back down the hill Sunday afternoon. High's in the 70's, Low's in the 40's.
Title: Re: Crown King & Camping
Post by: Onix on April 12, 2010, 12:56:55 PM
FYI: crown king is not passable due to the heavy rains . Unless someone has made a new road good luck.
Title: Re: Crown King & Camping
Post by: T-Ray on April 12, 2010, 02:10:20 PM
FYI: crown king is not passable due to the heavy rains . Unless someone has made a new road good luck.

So I'll put you down as a probable for this run??? I appreciate the info, but where'd ya get it from?

Looks like 'someone' has made a new road, so no 'luck' needed:
http://virtualjeepclub.com/showthread.php?t=56409

It is also 'passable' according to the General Store folks:
http://crownkingupdates.blogspot.com/p/directory.html

In any case, there will be a couple trucks going in the main road if anyone is interested in camping up near Horsethief Lake.  ::) Would be great to have some AZXC along. Bring fishing poles & kayaks if ya got 'em.
Title: Re: Crown King & Camping
Post by: Onix on April 12, 2010, 04:21:38 PM
Virtual jeep and 4x4 Ham club. Good to here it is open now.
Title: Re: Crown King & Camping
Post by: AZ-Ted on April 13, 2010, 10:15:32 AM
yeah, I went out there shortly after all the rain storms in February.  It was completely different than last year.  I took the first 3 bypasses, but then had to turn around as the ground was getting softer (really soft clay mud).

I actually almost got into a problem when my truck started sliding off the really soft edge of the trail.  It should have dried out by now.

I can't go - too much stuff to do with the my new house.
Title: Re: Crown King & Camping
Post by: T-Ray on April 13, 2010, 02:34:55 PM
It was completely different than last year.  
I actually almost got into a problem when my truck started sliding off the really soft edge of the trail.  It should have dried out by now.


That is what I keep hearing - it's not more difficult, just completely different. That is scary stuff when the edge starts sliding away, good idear turning back I imagine.

Thanks for the info Ted!
Title: Re: Crown King & Camping
Post by: azbumblebee on April 18, 2010, 10:08:44 AM
Great seeing you at the meeting (even though I was late and couldn't visit with everyone).  Thx for posting up have a safe trip the 'Monster X' will have no problem.  :)
Title: Re: Crown King & Camping
Post by: T-Ray on April 30, 2010, 09:59:46 AM
bored @ work, so here are some pics from the trip  8) BTW the backroad to CK is passable (sort of), but if I still had an IFS rig on 31's with no locker - I would not drive that road. We had a full-sized Blazer with us that was open/open on 35's and he made it without issue. An IFS rig should be locked in the rear I think. Definitely got a lot more fun - I tried & cleared every optional line on the way up. Something I've wanted to do since I first ran it in 2005.  :)

HERS & HIS @ Horsetheif Lake
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m219/Xterra8233/Horsethief%20Basin%20Camping/P1010383.jpg)
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m219/Xterra8233/Horsethief%20Basin%20Camping/P1010376.jpg)

The view from camp
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m219/Xterra8233/Horsethief%20Basin%20Camping/P1010344.jpg)

The Valley turning on it's lights
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m219/Xterra8233/Horsethief%20Basin%20Camping/P1010361.jpg)

A sick hill climb that I nearly flipped frontways coming down
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m219/Xterra8233/Horsethief%20Basin%20Camping/P1010349.jpg)
Title: Re: Crown King & Camping
Post by: 08whitex on April 30, 2010, 10:40:36 AM
Tim,

Did you get a chance to run Tip Top trail while you were up there?
Title: Re: Crown King & Camping
Post by: T-Ray on April 30, 2010, 11:42:11 AM
No, we saw the start of it. From what I've heard it's pretty much just a dirt road and not much 4wd needed.  ??? From our campsite, we could see all the trails that criss-cross behind lake pleasant and the table mesa area. There was quite a few headlights at night running allover TM. Pretty cool to have a bird's eye view of the trails we have run.  8)
Title: Re: Crown King & Camping
Post by: defibvt on April 30, 2010, 12:03:04 PM
Nice pics Tim.
Title: Re: Crown King & Camping
Post by: 08whitex on April 30, 2010, 01:07:46 PM
The first 1/4 mile of the trail from the top is pretty crazy. I went half way down and had to turn around due to some huge rock slabs.
Title: Re: Crown King & Camping
Post by: T-Ray on April 30, 2010, 01:56:48 PM
yeah I just found some pics, there is a steep rocky section near the top - looks fun  8). I'm pretty sure that access to the trail from Table Mesa is now private property and it is being enforced. The only way to access the mine & ghost town (legally) would be from the top near CK.