Jim Long

Mapping Crew - Arizona

I moved to Arizona in 1984, and bought my first offroad vehicle the next year. I had lots of adventures, seeking out the Old West on paper topo maps in my Toyota FJ40 and can say fortunately, that I never had to walk home. In 2005 I saw the prototype for the FJ cruiser, and in the middle of my FJ40 resto project, someone came into my garage with cash and bought it out from under me. (Some regrets) In 2008, I flew out to LA to pick up my FJ Cruiser, special ordered with the Offroad Package (Locker) and MT6. My area of operations has been Southern Arizona, from the New Mexico, to California borders.

I have been an active member of AZFJ.org where I'm the top post contributor, and have many trail reviews posted there that I plan on enhancing, revisiting and documenting for this authoritative source. I have a login to Ih8Mud and fjcruiserforums but don't lurk there very much.

in my career, I've had the pleasure of traveling in Canada, the Caribbean, and Austrailia but never had the opportunity to wheel there. (bucket list). But, I hope my 30 years of Southern Arizona discovery, teaching and leading people into the backcountry will finally benefit a wider audience here on Trailsoffroad. There's nothing I enjoy more than finding a historic site, a little-used trail that had significance or the opportunity to take that one photo that defines what we do. (I stink but I'm willing to learn).

Oh..Added benefit...I'm the GIS analyst for a fire dept and as such have some skills in ARCGIS.

My Builds


My rig is "The Precious", more than an obsession but less than an obligation. We have had many adventures together. Successor to my 1978 FJ40 (Also mustard yellow) that I had for 25 years.
Added so much in mods it will be hard (And boring) to list them all here but suffice it to say, the Icon Stage 2, Sonoran Steel Links, All Pro Offroad Skids & front bumper, Expedition 1 rear have made the precious tough enough to tackle most trails.

Recent Trip Reports

Martinez Canyon Road Arizona 11-11-2017

This is a challenging trail if run from east to west. We took the "tree tunnel" near Cochran which was very overgrown an difficult to get through. My high-lift jack snagged a branch and bent! I was not able to easily get through the trail end obstacle (which for us was trail start) because my bushwhacker fender flares caught on the wall, damaging my fender and driver's door. This is a very serious obstacle now and likely will always require spotting. Climbing out up and down the ridgelines definitely required some skill. Can't wait (Once the trees are trimmed back) to try it again!

Rice Peak FR# 29 10-08-2017

Ran up here in about an hour each way. The rocks in the middle at waypoint 5 are bulldozed out. There are still some rocks to climb on the left. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your perspective) Wypoint 16, "dead man's drop" is no more. There are large boulder piles on either side of the road marking where once it scared the mighty. Not even a noticeable shelf there now. I have lowered the difficulty on this trail to easy. However, he loose rocky section to the summit required my rear locker to get up. The last 250 yards are easily climate on foot should you choose to park at the fork, Waypoint 17, before the loose stuff.

Cottonwood Canyon Road, Arizona 03-11-2017

Used this trail as a shortcut from the head of Box Canyon for two reasons: <li>Had a commitment to get to so this provided a quick access back to 79. </li> <li>Was curious how the new bypass affected the entire "Cottonwood Rd Experience".</li> I was not disappointed. I ran opposite the waypoint counts in the trail write up, starting at Waypoint 5 and continuing out to 79. I found the road rocky, steep and bumpy between waypoints 4-5. Between Waypoints 3 & 4, there are a lot of blind corners that I almost collided with some fast movers (Side by sides) who were not concerned about anyone coming the other way. There are new signs marking the way to AZ 79 marked at strategic spots on the trail. (most agreeably on the 5 way intersection) with AZ60 on the reverse side. These signs have been placed there in the last month or so. They were helpful. Once past Waypoint the road flattened out and you could progress at high speed. There is a large staging area to the west, right at the intersection with AZ79 that had about 2 dozen trailers / trucks parked in it. Aired up here (Partially, because I ran out of CO2) but it's a great spot to either rally, or air back up.


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