|Typically Open:||Year Round|
(EASY - MODERATE)
|Highest Elevation:||6441 feet|
|Duration:||About 8 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||North|
|Nearest Town:||Crown King|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Crown King|
|Official Road Name:||74, 711, 192, 259|
|Management Agency:||Prescott National Forest|
|District:||Bradshaw Ranger District|
Temporarily closed due to fire dangers. The highlight of the Backway to Crown King is the town itself and serves as a welcomed destination after a long day on the trail. Whether stopping for lunch or staying the night, it is well worth the time to check out the general store, saloon, and prospector mall. If you need supplies or a souvenir t-shirt, the general store is the place to go. It is also the place to go for Crown King's famous fudge. If you are looking for a cold adult beverage or a meal, check out the Crown King Saloon. Local musicians also frequent the saloon for good music. The Prospector Mall is also a great place to stop for supplies and a meal. Their breakfast is fantastic. There are also several cabins in the area that are available for travelers to spend the night. You can find any and all information about the services available in Crown King on their [website](http://www.crownkingaz.com).
Rocks frequent and large, 12" and may exceed hub height. Holes frequent or deep (12"). Shelves to 9". Mud 8" deep and may be present on uphill sections. Grades to 25 degrees and sidehill to 30 degrees. Water crossings to 18" and may have strong currents. 1-1/2 vehicles wide. 4WD required. Driver experience helpful.Read more about our rating system
|Summer:||In the summer months, temperatures could still be in the upper 90's.|
|Winter:||This trail could become impassable with heavy snowfall. Be prepared to turn around.|
There is a nice wide shoulder here for airing down tires and disconnecting sway bars. The road turns to dirt at the Primitive Road sign.
Turn right/north onto Cow Creek Road from Castle Hot Springs Road. There is a large staging area here on the right.
Continue north on Cow Creek Road. Columbia Trail enters from the right/east.
Continue straight at this intersection with Champie Road. Please be respectful of all private property signs.
After crossing the cattle guard stay left and continue into the residential area. Please respect the signs and drive slowly.
The "Crown King Rock," is the noticeable landmark here. Turn right and continue onto Crown King Trail.
There is an optional line here to the right. Easier to the left and more difficult to the right. Both lines converge to continue on the main road.
There are optional lines here to the left with varying degrees of difficulty. Easier to the left and more difficult to the right. Both options converge to continue on the main road.
No history on this stone chimney could be found but is certainly odd to see it here.
Here is another optional line on the trail. This line is steep going with decent sized ruts. A mistake on this optional line could be catastrophic. It should only be attempted by skilled drivers with properly equipped vehicles. Both lines converge to continue on the main road.
While the main road continues straight then bends to the right, the optional line here crosses the road and continues on going uphill for a very long obstacle, rejoining the main road above. While the second pictures shows where the optional line crosses the main road, the third pictures shows not only the length of the obstacle but also where it rejoins the main road.
There are two lines at this Y intersection. Both lines converge to rejoin the main road.
The main road continues to the left here while the more difficult line is on the right. The line on the right is steep, off camber, with rocky ledges, and an exposed shoulder on the right. This line is for experienced drivers only with well equipped vehicles with good suspension articulation and traction aides. Both lines converge to continue on the main road.
The more difficult line here is on the left while the easier is to the right. Both lines converge to continue on the main road.
The easier line is to the right where the more difficult line is to the left. Both lines converge to continue on the main road.
The easier line is to the right. The line to the left requires good suspension articulation. Both lines converge to continue on the main road.
The name comes from the topographical map and although no history could be found on this location, this spot is a great place to pull over for lunch or to simply take a break. It is a fairly large area which makes a perfect spot for large groups to stop. Now within the Prescott National Forest, the road is now numbered FR 711.
At this location, FR 711 has been routed down into the creek. A miner has exercised his rights to his claim here and as a result the road has been re-routed. Please be respectful of the private property signs along the way.
This is the entrance to the mine located here. It is clearly marked with signs, please be respectful of the signs and keep out.
Turn left at this Y intersection to find Fort Misery. Both roads converge on FR 711 to continue. Fort Misery was built by a man named Al Francis and is not to be confused with the Fort Misery, "Arizona's Oldest Log Cabin," at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona. Fort Misery was said to have been named by it's builder either by the nearby Misery Spring or by the living conditions at the time; [Arizona Pioneer and Cemetery Research Project](http://www.apcrp.org/Fort%20Misery/Ft_Misery_010708.htm).
FR 711 continues straight and bends around the corner to the right. The optional line here to the right converges with FR 711.
A sobering reminder here on how things can go bad quickly on the trail. This car may very well be a new addition to the trail as it was not recognized as being there on the last trip to Crown King.
This memorial was placed here within the last couple of years to pay respects to a couple who lost their lives on the trail. The memorial was in very good condition and it was apparent that other fellow travelers have stopped to pay their respects.
FR 711 intersects with FR 192 here, FR 192 will be used to continue on into Crown King. FR 192 enters from the left. Keep right and follow the road uphill.
This is the highest point on the trail at an elevation of 6441 ft. The remainder of the trail is on a northern facing slope. In times of inclement weather conditions this is where the trail can become dangerous especially in the ice and snow. The trail now continues downhill towards the intersection with the [Senator Highway (FR 52)](https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/76-senator-highway-arizona).
FR 192 intersects with the Senator Highway (FR 52) here which comes from the left/northwest. There is a stop sign here. This is a pretty heavily traveled area now so please take care and stop at the sign before continuing on. Continue straight on FR 52 to continue on into Crown King.
FR 52 intersects with Crown King Road (FR 259) here. A left turn here will lead into the town of Crown King. This is a pretty heavily traveled area so please take care and stop at the sign before continuing on.
Turn left/north here onto Main Street to find the town of Crown King.
Welcome to Crown King! Parking can sometimes be difficult to find but please be respectful and find a designated spot along the road to park.