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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-19-2014, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation List of Trails in AZ

I thought it would be good to start a thread for people to list the trails they have conquered/attempted in their Cherokees. There seems to be lots of info on "Jeep" trails but no one really talks specifically about our Trailhawks. Selfishly I am hoping more will add to this list so I can try some new areas.

Castle Hot Springs Road - Pretty easy with no real challenge to the Trailhawk.

Area North of Vistancia - This is a trail I go down to get to a great shooting area. Couple of rough spots but nothing to truly test the vehicle. Some of the areas where water runs through seem to get really rutted.

Backway to Crown King - Had to stop at about 27 miles in because of some bigger rocks/boulders. There was also a large drop off right before this area that caught me by surprise. It was right after an uphill cattle guard and could see the more than 1 ft drop. Scared the heck outta me. Thank goodness for skid plates. I would like to try this one again after adding some rock rails.
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Please make a list. Planing a trip to AZ next spring driving from Michigan. I want to go to cool places in the jeep.

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There are several books available at Jeep dealerships and on Amazon. The one I have is "Guide to Arizona Backwoods & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails" by Wells & Peterson. Great book covers the entire state.
In the two weeks I've had my Trailhawk I've done both Schnebly Hill (from I-17 to Sedona) and Smiley Rock (from SR-89A near Jerome through Martin Canyon to Perkinsville). Both trails had been severely impacted by the recent monsoons and were a lot more rugged than the book describes. Lots of rock damage to my TH's plastic trim, rocker panel and fascias.
For the writer who did the back way to Crown King, I ask which back way? There is a route south from Prescott on Senator Hwy (an old stagecoach route), a jeep trail up from Lake Pleasant, both rough routes, and the "front way" from I-17 that you could drive in a Porsche. I've done the Senator Hwy in a Grand Cherokee and the front entrance in a Subaru Forester.
So many trails and not enough time.
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There are several books available at Jeep dealerships and on Amazon. The one I have is "Guide to Arizona Backwoods & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails" by Wells & Peterson. Great book covers the entire state.
In the two weeks I've had my Trailhawk I've done both Schnebly Hill (from I-17 to Sedona) and Smiley Rock (from SR-89A near Jerome through Martin Canyon to Perkinsville). Both trails had been severely impacted by the recent monsoons and were a lot more rugged than the book describes. Lots of rock damage to my TH's plastic trim, rocker panel and fascias.
For the writer who did the back way to Crown King, I ask which back way? There is a route south from Prescott on Senator Hwy (an old stagecoach route), a jeep trail up from Lake Pleasant, both rough routes, and the "front way" from I-17 that you could drive in a Porsche. I've done the Senator Hwy in a Grand Cherokee and the front entrance in a Subaru Forester.
So many trails and not enough time.
The one I did was from Lake Pleasant.
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Bravo if you did that in a Trailhawk. Last I heard that route was brutal even for Rubicons and was mostly traveled by quads and side by sides. I've seen both of those type vehicles as they arrived in Crown King and they looked like they just crawled out of mud hole.
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I've been going off of this site:

http://azoffroading.com/arizona-trails/

So far been on the 'easy' routes. Not much checked off yet, but a good looking place.
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For the writer who did the back way to Crown King, I ask which back way? There is a route south from Prescott on Senator Hwy (an old stagecoach route), a jeep trail up from Lake Pleasant, both rough routes, and the "front way" from I-17 that you could drive in a Porsche. I've done the Senator Hwy in a Grand Cherokee and the front entrance in a Subaru Forester.
So many trails and not enough time.


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We went up from Lake Pleasant to Crown King. Had a good burger and fudge at the top... then down the front way to I-17 and home.


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Bravo if you did that in a Trailhawk. Last I heard that route was brutal even for Rubicons and was mostly traveled by quads and side by sides. I've seen both of those type vehicles as they arrived in Crown King and they looked like they just crawled out of mud hole.


Like most trails around here, there are a few side options you can take that are just brutal. We had a lifted GC with us that got stuck on one of those spots.


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I avoided all the obstacles but it was still brutal. I did order that trail book as suggested! Thanks!
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I avoided all the obstacles but it was still brutal. I did order that trail book as suggested! Thanks!
At the time, this was probably the worst spot that you were "required" to pass. (no choice other than turn-around)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVHyupknbZA


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