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.