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    Talking New Years in Crown King, AZ

    For New Years I had no desire to be in the middle of town or around a bunch of strangers so we gathered some friends and headed up to Crown King on New Years Eve.
    Here are few pics and the rest are up on my blog.
    Happy New Year!!
    http://soaztim.blogspot.com/2012/01/...rown-king.html







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    Yes you are very selfish to think that peoples who litter and destroy our beautiful back roads shouuld be prevented to do so. Im with you all the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty Bakers View Post
    Yes you are very selfish to think that peoples who litter and destroy our beautiful back roads shouuld be prevented to do so. Im with you all the way.
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    That looks like a really beautiful area and some fun times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty Bakers View Post
    Yes you are very selfish to think that peoples who litter and destroy our beautiful back roads shouuld be prevented to do so. Im with you all the way.
    Many years ago our 4WD club adopted a portion of the Crown King trail for a time. I was doing some trail cleanup (picking up trash, etc.) at Oro Belle when I came upon some quad riders stopped for lunch there. I walked around/amongst them with my "grabbers" picking up cans and papers and they started to heckle me - accusing me of being an environmentalist/tree hugger, etc. I calmly explained who I was and what I was doing and told them about our trail cleanup efforts etc. They responded by intentionally throwing a few more beer cans and food wrappers on the ground for me before they roared off. That incident forever changed my opinion of that segment of the OHV population.

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    I knew we should have tried harder to get all the way up the trail that day. My 2wd expo car made it about 1/3 of the way up from Cow Creek Rd., before smarter heads prevailed and we turned around. I love an adventure, but wasn't into spending the night stuck in the middle of the desert for New Years. Great pictures. I think next time, we might start at the top, and drive south on the trail instead.

    -Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jrally View Post
    I knew we should have tried harder to get all the way up the trail that day. My 2wd expo car made it about 1/3 of the way up from Cow Creek Rd., before smarter heads prevailed and we turned around. I love an adventure, but wasn't into spending the night stuck in the middle of the desert for New Years. Great pictures. I think next time, we might start at the top, and drive south on the trail instead.

    -Jon
    If you made it to say, the cabin with the "Don't shoot, people living here" sign then you would be good from there up. It used to be that from there up was the hard part, but now it's a graded road essentially from there until town.

    Quote Originally Posted by toddz69 View Post
    Many years ago our 4WD club adopted a portion of the Crown King trail for a time. I was doing some trail cleanup (picking up trash, etc.) at Oro Belle when I came upon some quad riders stopped for lunch there. I walked around/amongst them with my "grabbers" picking up cans and papers and they started to heckle me - accusing me of being an environmentalist/tree hugger, etc. I calmly explained who I was and what I was doing and told them about our trail cleanup efforts etc. They responded by intentionally throwing a few more beer cans and food wrappers on the ground for me before they roared off. That incident forever changed my opinion of that segment of the OHV population.

    Todd Z.
    Todd,
    that's sad, but not surprising. From doing the Four Peaks Pickup I learned that every group has plenty of knuckle heads and great folks. It takes real effort to not judge a group based on a few people. Especially if you have repeated incidents with folks who are all part of the same group. I have to remind myself to think back to the cleanup's and remember how there were great people from every user group there.
    That being said, Quads are just dirt bikes for people who need training wheels! Haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SOAZ View Post
    If you made it to say, the cabin with the "Don't shoot, people living here" sign then you would be good from there up. It used to be that from there up was the hard part, but now it's a graded road essentially from there until town.
    We made it about 7 or 8 miles up pass the turn from Cow Creek Rd. We had just come down a very rough section into a tight little valley that curved left straight into what looked like two black rock faces (black from all the tires spinning on them). I hear I might have made it up the right side, but without another vehicle around to assist, I didn't want to chance it. I wasn't really looking forward to go back up the rough steep section we had just come down either though.

    -Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jrally View Post
    We made it about 7 or 8 miles up pass the turn from Cow Creek Rd. We had just come down a very rough section into a tight little valley that curved left straight into what looked like two black rock faces (black from all the tires spinning on them). I hear I might have made it up the right side, but without another vehicle around to assist, I didn't want to chance it. I wasn't really looking forward to go back up the rough steep section we had just come down either though.

    -Jon
    I think I know the exact part your talking about. The far right side that is dirt isn't too bad. I think you'd make it in AWD. If it's wet then maybe not. Then it can get tough and slippery for any truck.
    Once you make it past that spot "most" of the rest is doable. There are a couple of washes that have boulders and rocks in them that would be a ground clearance challenge, but I think you'd make it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SOAZ View Post
    that's sad, but not surprising. From doing the Four Peaks Pickup I learned that every group has plenty of knuckle heads and great folks. It takes real effort to not judge a group based on a few people. Especially if you have repeated incidents with folks who are all part of the same group. I have to remind myself to think back to the cleanup's and remember how there were great people from every user group there.
    That being said, Quads are just dirt bikes for people who need training wheels! Haha.
    Yeah, I tend to overgeneralize myself but since my gf owns/rides a quad, I have to watch myself .

    Todd Z.

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