Walker Gulch to Senator Highway and Crown King

Total Miles
20.3

Elevation

1,820.21 ft

Duration

1.75 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This route is a spectacular alternative to Cow Creek Road (Backway to Crown King). This route offers some obstacles however less technical than Cow Creek. The beauty is traveling the Walker Gulch as it winds and changes in elevation. This is a great route if those driving with you are less experienced off-road or just want an easy fun day without major gatekeepers and waterfalls. The return home ride can include Cow Creek if desired by passing Walker Gulch and staying left onto the upper West Cow Creek Road. Either way takes approx the same return time to Lake Pleasant. This route can also save time to Crown King or Prescott because it bypasses the Obstacles on Cow Creek.

Photos of Walker Gulch to Senator Highway and Crown King

Walker Gulch to Senator Highway and Crown King
Walker Gulch to Senator Highway and Crown King
Walker Gulch to Senator Highway and Crown King

Difficulty

There are some spots that require high clearance, washes, obstacles up to 18" and occasional water crossings.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Matt Campbell
Mar 17, 2024
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Slow and rocky in places. Open in others. Recent rain created a short layer of mud on the entire trail. Several shallow water crossings were running. Only a couple spots with rough and sharp rocks but they can take out a sidewall.
James Davidson
Dec 03, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Aobaldo Ramirez
Nov 11, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Steve Grossman
Nov 04, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty

Access Description

Take Castle Hot Springs Road North off Carefree Highway taking a left at the "T" remaining on Castle Hot Springs. Stay on Castle Hot Springs to Castle Creek Road which leads to the river bottom wash. Follow the wash to Walker Gulch, then, head north.

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