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Crown King Trail Run (tons of pics)

It's a 25-30 mile trek (1 way) from Lake Pleasant up to Crown King (old mining town). It goes from the desert up to the pine trees. It's usually fairly easy and a stock 4x4 can do it. Currently with the rains and washouts short wheelbase highly recommended (Jeep) and a rear traction device. I hit my undercarriage so much it hurts. I got hung up once on a ledge, had to rock stack to get me over. My long wheelbase hurt me 3 major times on this trail. I used my rock sliders once and if I didn't have them my passenger door wouldn't be operating. I was aired down to 15psi the whole trip. It starts out easy and gets harder towards the top. There were worse parts of the trail that I don't have pics of because we were more worried about not losing a truck than pics. My truck made it over every place these Jeeps did, I just had more difficulty. There are some fun obstacles down low but they have bypassess. Here are the pics mostly in order.

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Airing down
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Trail Buddies
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Steep hillclimb!
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Break Time (the really hard stuff begins after this "break")
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That is the "you're screwed look"
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Funny Sign
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6 hours later we made it into town (not really a town)

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lol the saloon is downtown


The main road off the mountain

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My scratches:

Torsion bar eats rocks
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Torsion skids like rocks too
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My rocks sliders that saved me from body damage

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Exhaust damage

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Frame and skid

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Draging my *** a lot

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There so so many dings undere there I don't want to count but those are the big ones.

That is enough pics. Overall I beat up my truck way more than I wanted to but it was all fun. Tough trail that is scenic and very rewarding at the end. 6 hours of trail riding that ends at a Saloon in the pines, it was nice!
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Wow what an incredible looking trail ride! Especially like whats at the end of the trail!! (saloon in the middle of nowhere) I wish i had trails like that near me!

I bet a set of 285/75/16's would give you just enough clearance to avoid rubbing on a trail like that.

Great Pics!
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Those are the kind of trails i wanna do, i wish we had those here.
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Wow what an incredible looking trail ride! Especially like whats at the end of the trail!! (saloon in the middle of nowhere) I wish i had trails like that near me!

I bet a set of 285/75/16's would give you just enough clearance to avoid rubbing on a trail like that.

Great Pics!
My 265/70/16s rubbed the bedsides a few times. Any larger tires would be worse. Around the wheel well the body is pulled out from these tires. Going larger would just create more rubbing and damage to the rear wheel wells. Out here I need the flex and I don't wnat to be tearing up the body too much.

My long wheel base screwed me the most. The 3 large ledges (1 pictured above) cought the underside and created almost all the damage seen in the pics I posted. Wet rocks also made it harder.
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Those are the kind of trails i wanna do, i wish we had those here.
I agree MI is so boring.
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That trail looks awesome, great pics. As much as you are out and about why don't you get some mud terrains.
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I might get some KM2s but I'm on the fence. It's my DD and on the rare occasion we get rain here in Phx the ATs are nice. Plus this past winter I bought 2 sets of snow chains which cost me around $230. I get larger tires = mud tires = more expensive rubber = worse gas mileage = buy a set of new chains. All I do is see it costing me more $$ than it's worth. If somebody wants to buy these snow chains for $175 plus shipping they're yours. I used them once. Then I'll buy larger tires.

Here are my chains. Anybody wanna help me, lol.
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not necessarily bigger but just something a little more aggressive to help on the trail. Like mt/rs or mtz or something of that nature that will still last on the road.

just my thought, and I have some mt/rs looking for a new home haha j/k
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Those are the kind of trails i wanna do, i wish we had those here.
i hear ya man, freakin florida is all 1 giant flat pancake with no trails like that
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nice pics
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beautiful pics
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Pretty pics and looks like you pushed your Ranger pretty hard, but it took it!
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nice trail pics
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awesome trails! i so want to ride those with you guys right now.

and why do you need chains? if you get a good MT i would think it would void the need for chains. MTs do fine in the rain.
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awesome trails! i so want to ride those with you guys right now.

and why do you need chains? if you get a good MT i would think it would void the need for chains. MTs do fine in the rain.
I dont think rain is the problem, more like the SNOW lol
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If I had the knowledge I'd love to do a SAS because after doing some of these harder trails I could really use the flex and height.


We saw some wildlife too. Only pic I have is of a taranchula, but we also saw a rattler which is fairly common.

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dangit bryan. i should have gone. although good thing i didnt because i would have body damage!! now i need to buy some sliders, front bumper and more lights and i will be good to go. i go for a job interview tomorrow wish me luck lol. the faster i get a job the faster the truck gets modded
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where at?
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great pics! glad you had fun. That trail does look great, but my truck will never see those sights, lol. I can't wait until we can head back up there though, I miss Cindy!
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lol you can see the sights if you ride with me! Cindy has some good home style cooking! Next time you're up there with me we need to eat on the porch and not in the back of the saloon.
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it is in tempe or out of tempe i should say it is called team security lol. you do concert security lol. can you see me doin that? i cant really, but i need a job i am almost out of money and i cant seem to find one closer to home so if i am goin to have to travel 25 miles one way i guess that is what i will have to do
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If I were you, walk into the places where you dropped off you're apps and ask to speak to the manager. Tell the manager you're following up on your app. See what happens. It shows you're interested and if the manager sees that you might have a job shortly. It can't hurt.
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yea ill try that. youre about to see another offroad thread from when me and aubrie went offroading
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Awesome pics as always!
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Man I'd love to be out on those trails! Looks like a ton of fun!
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