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

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.

Box Canyon - Florence, Az 03-11-2017

A great day with @fateman1220 and @todd running South to North from Price road, up to Cottonwood rd. (I split off from the group after Granny's pass and made for AZ79 via Cottonwood Rd bypass/Cottonwood rd.. IT would seem there are some rental companies in Florence renting out ATV's and Side by sides to the less-experienced and perhaps impolite. We ran into several lines of vehicles coming DOWN which is unusual until later in the day. The canyon was wet this day (snow melt?) and very green. The hills were loaded with wildflowers. No matter what happens with the traffic situation, it actually made things a little more interesting finding passing points and bunching things up so that both directions could pass each other. There are some spots in Box Canyon that are far too narrow for two vehicles to pass. But there are also a lot of places to make that happen as well. There is a memorial garden for wheelers, motorcyclists, and ATV'rs who have gone to the great trail in the sky, with some metal/granite monuments (Most dated from 2013 or newer) at Granny's pass, where we stopped for lunch. First three Photos Credit - @Fateman1220

Box Canyon Road / FR 62 02-03-2017

Did this road as part of gathering Greaterville Rd trail. I thought this was called EAST Box Canyon Rd. Gathered all the same waypoints the original trail write up did so good on the original authors, Sean and Melissa, for finding the good stuff. Stunning views, not much 4x4 challenge but lots to look at along the way. What a great day for running this road. The Arizona weather is spectacular this time of year.


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