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Allright so i was thinking that i might do the crown king run. i have never gone down it before but would like to do it. im just curious as to how tough it is(rating), how long it will take, and if a stock FJ can do it(i already know the answer to that question). thanks in advance to anyone that can shed some light on the subject.

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Re: Crown King Trail

I am assuming that you are talking about the back way up. A Stock FJ can make it with little problems. Some pin striping will happen, but its Az, so that is going to happen about any where.

If you are talking about the main road in, a freaking lowered Impala can make it up.

I would run it with at least 1 or 2 more trucks though in case you get stuck.

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ya it is the back way from lake pleasant. i have searched since posting this and it appears that the AZFJ group just went this weekend but none have said how it went.

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I did it with the AZFJers, 2 of us were bone stock. Mild pin striping, tore the tires good and smashed the exhaust flange. Almost went off a cliff, other than that, had a good time. DO NOT GO ALONE......

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I did it with the AZFJers, 2 of us were bone stock. Mild pin striping, tore the tires good and smashed the exhaust flange. Almost went off a cliff, other than that, had a good time. DO NOT GO ALONE......
Ya think he would be safe going with you and I ?????
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You're not safe going with yourself...............OH! What's that thing hanging off my H1....Oh! I seemed to have misplaced my FRONT wheel......

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Re: Crown King Trail

Typically you go UP the back road to Crown King, but I suppose there's no reason you couldn't go down it instead.

I'd rate this trail a 3 on a 1 to 5 scale using the following logic:

Not Rated) If you can drive any passenger car on a road.

1) Dirt roads that would be better off not done in a standard passenger car.

2) Dirt roads where traction problems benefit from 4WD.

3) Basic technical driving - some obstacles that would benefit from low range 4WD and choosing the best line over the obstacle rather than proceeding without thinking. Stock offroad-capable vehicles can do this.

4) Difficult technical driving - large obstacles with the possible consequence of getting stuck or even breakage or body damage. These trails are tough to do with stock offroad vehicles, and benefit from basic modifications such as lift, bigger tires, and armor.

5) Severe technical driving - requires highly modified offroad vehicle with readiness for breakage and body damage. Often done with dedicated offroad-only vehicles. Substantial experience with technical driving is key.

Not Rated) There are a large number of extreme trails which are not typically shared with the daily-driver/offroad-vehicle crowd. These vary in technical difficulty and all exist past the "5" designation. These trails are for dedicated rock crawling trail buggies.

The Crown King run is about 30ish miles of trail, much of which is very moderate. Several optional obstacles along the way can be visited, some of which are more of a soft 4 category, but are very short. The trail, on the whole, is a 3.

The admonition to team up with another vehicle is reasonable. It's a long road and you have to pass beyond civilizations edge and keep travelling just in order to get to the start. If you break down, it's a long long hike back down.

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Allright so i was thinking that i might do the crown king run. i have never gone down it before but would like to do it. im just curious as to how tough it is(rating), how long it will take, and if a stock FJ can do it(i already know the answer to that question). thanks in advance to anyone that can shed some light on the subject.
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You can also go down to the west towards Peeples Valley. Much easier.
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Re: Crown King Trail

thanks guys you have been a huge help. thanks for the pics. i also noted on google earth that there a are a few forks in the road that eventually meet back up, are there signs or anything to point which path to take.

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