Champie Road

Peoria, Arizona (Yavapai County)

Last Updated: 08/21/2019
3.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Highlight: Champie Road
Located north of Lake Pleasant in the southern foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains, Champie Road is an easily traveled winding trail connecting Cow Camp Road (aka the iconic Backway to Crown King) and scenic Castle Hot Springs Road. Named for Charles Edward Champie, an early pioneer in the area, the trail traverses a rugged landscape of striking geology, stately saguaro cacti, palo verde, ​and creosote bushes before dropping into the lush green riparian French Creek. The craggy Bradshaw Mountains provide visual treats while the pinnacle of Eagle Rock lords over the trail.

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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Proceed west on the graded road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Phoenix, Arizona

From northern Phoenix, exit I-17 on Highway 74 and go west 11 miles to Castle Hot Springs. Drive north on Castle Hot Springs 8.7 miles to Waypoint 3. Veer right onto Cow Camp Road which is part of the Backway to Crown King. Proceed north on the Backway to Crown King 7.2 miles to Waypoint 4. The Champie Road trailhead is on the left.


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Wade May

Hi! I'm Wade. After 43 years as a pilot, split evenly between flying fighters for the Air Force and Boeing 737s for the airlines, my feet are firmly planted on the ground. Seems I spent a lot of my flying time looking out the cockpit window thinking, "Yep, I could drive that trail." My trips range from a few days to a month. Most are solo in my silver 4Runner named Bullit. We range over all the southwest exploring remote places and trying to get as much dirt under the wheels as possible. Occasionally I get in some hiking, backpacking, and bushcraft as well. My most ambitious Overlanding plans include a trip to Tuktoyaktuk and Dead Horse when travel restrictions permit. Sharing my experiences as a member of the Trails Offroad crew, instructing at Overland Expo, and hosting the Gaia GPS Offroad podcast are true pleasures. Hope to see you on the trail soon.
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