Walker Gulch to Senator Highway and Crown King

Total Miles


1820.21 ft


1.75 Hours

Technical Rating



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.


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

Technical Rating


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.