Has anyone in a Trailhawk tried the Broken Arrow Trail yet? I'm headed up that way this week but would like to know how much of a challenge it will be. according to the off-road guide books and the web sites you need a lot of ground clearance. I am willing to ding my RR sliders but don't want to be in need of a winching from my buddy in a Rubicon. He already is dissing my Hawk.
I did the Broken Arrow Trail in Sedona, AZ this morning. The weather was perfect since we went in the morning before it got really hot. There was little traffic as the Pink Jeeps were just starting their morning runs. With all the rain we have had recently all the trees and hillsides were brilliant green. Sedona has some of the most spectacular red rock scenery around and this trail shows it all off.
But you wanted to know about the trail. I aired down my tires from a hot 41psi to about 30 psi right after I went over the entry berm placed there to deter vehicles incapable of handling what is ahead. It is a relatively short trail and only takes about two hours or so to travel. The first half is easy and I could have done it with ease in my Forester. The second half, not so much.
I was in 4-low Auto for much of the backside trail and went all the way to 4-low, Rock, locker and hill descent mode when I came to "the steps". I would not even have tried that area were my rig not equipped with RR Sliders. I crashed and bounced and spun my way down the hillside while silently saying "thank you" for the sliders. Successfully making it all the way down the steps with no mechanical, structural or cosmetic damage I really have to commend the engineers who designed the Trailhawk's drive train and suspension. It all works perfectly together. Unfortunately I didn't have a video photographer recording the trek but I will try to post some cell phone photos if I can figure out how to upload them
Bottom line is that the Trailhawk is a superb off-road machine capable of handling anything that you could throw at a stock Wrangler. This trail is clearly in the 3 to 4 range in a scale of 5.
For anyone looking for a challenging trek in Northern Arizona, try out the "Broken Arrow Trail" in Sedona.