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Backway to Crown King

The conditions on this trail are different with each visit.

Total Miles

25

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Elevation
6,510'
Duration
5 Hours
Technical Rating
7 / 10
Best Time
Summer

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
Backway to Crown King
This trail is a favorite, and offers a little something for everyone. It is relatively easy, but you can find some optional obstacles to test your skills as well. Unlicensed vehicles are okay on roads in Prescott National Forest. Keep it street legal on Cow Creek Road.
History
Once you reach Forest Road 192, you will begin passing through a once thriving mining area. Oro Belle Mine marks the townsite of Harrington, which had a post office and saloon in 1904. Many hidden mines dot the hillside as you climb, including the Tiger Mine. Watch for a road to the left 1.2 miles after the Oro Belle Mine. For a complete history, read: “Crown King and the Southern Bradshaws,” by Bruce M. Wilson.
Getting There
From I-17, Exit 223 at Carefree, head west 11.2 miles on Highway 74. Turn right on paved Castle Hot Springs Road just after Mile Post 19. Go north 5.6 miles to “T” and turn left. Continue on wide gravel road another 2.9 miles and turn right on Cow Creek Road. Continue north another 1.5 miles to kiosk on right, which marks staging and dispersed camping area. No fee is required since you are north of Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
Contact for Current Conditions
Prescott N.F.
Bradshaw R.D.
(928) 443-8000