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post #21 of 30 (permalink) Old 10-19-2014, 02:38 PM
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Keep in mind the brutal monsoon season we just had and you might find that route is really a nightmare like a couple of others I've been on lately in Prescott, Sedona and Jerome. The rains really washed out a lot of trails leaving just big rock gardens. I trashed my TH on the Martin Canyon run past Smiley Rock just a week or two ago.

Why not find someone in Crown King who can give you a recent status report on the road from Lake Pleasant. If it's not too bad I might run it myself.
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post #22 of 30 (permalink) Old 10-19-2014, 03:41 PM
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Keep in mind the brutal monsoon season we just had and you might find that route is really a nightmare like a couple of others I've been on lately in Prescott, Sedona and Jerome. The rains really washed out a lot of trails leaving just big rock gardens. I trashed my TH on the Martin Canyon run past Smiley Rock just a week or two ago.

Why not find someone in Crown King who can give you a recent status report on the road from Lake Pleasant. If it's not too bad I might run it myself.
Do you have rock rails?
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No, I don't have rock rails.


I'd be up for a test run myself in the near future.... before some snow hits up there.


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I don't have rock rails... yet. I crunched my plastic rocker panels at Smiley Rock and will be ordering some RR steel rails tomorrow as soon as we get the discount code. I suspect that Jeep left OEM rails off the Trailhawk in an effort to keep the weight down due to MPG considerations.
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I don't have rock rails... yet. I crunched my plastic rocker panels at Smiley Rock and will be ordering some RR steel rails tomorrow as soon as we get the discount code. I suspect that Jeep left OEM rails off the Trailhawk in an effort to keep the weight down due to MPG considerations.
I caught my front fender area on the rocks slipping a little backwards last Monday. Nothing big, just some scrapes underneath. I was hesitant to go hard over it with no rock rails for protection. The Mopar ones are being ordered soon.

I plan on trying again but only after I get the rails on.
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I've got plenty of scrapes on the lower front fascia too.


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Kinda bringing this thread back to life since it's topical, but how is this run for someone in a TH but that is pretty new to off-roading? I mean, that's part of why I got the TH because I want to start adventuring, but don't want to do something super stupid right out of the gate. If not the back way to Crown King, is there something slightly easier to start with that anyone can recommend?

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The back way to Crown King is not bad. The TH handled it great, but it does require some skill to do. Especially if you're doing it alone - which I wouldn't recommend until you get some experience under your belt.

For a nice first time trip, try the Sheep's Bridge trail. Starts in Cave Creek, heads north/northeast and can either turn around and come back, or break out west and hit I-17.


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For a nice first time trip, try the Sheep's Bridge trail. Starts in Cave Creek, heads north/northeast and can either turn around and come back, or break out west and hit I-17.
Thanks! That's the kind of suggestion I was looking for but which is kind of hard to just google search for. Cheers.

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If you end up driving up there, be sure to post up some pictures. That's a beautiful area, especially with the little bit of rain lately.


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