Hey all whats up... My names Jon, I live in the Phx area and have lived here in AZ all my life. Just got a 2004 WJ and so far I'm loving it. Its bone stock and so I figured this would be a great place to start looking to learn more about my Jeep!
Drove straight up cave creek road until it turns into a dirt road.... Then you go past seven springs and the road turns into bloody basin. Came out on that exit on the I-17 and drove ~40 miles back on the freeway. All in all it was like an 8 hour trip almost...
Be prepared for a long drive lol! But yeah, it was fun. I even got a chance to go off into some back roads I have never been on before simply because the Jeep could :P and vehicles I have had in the past couldn't.
But yeah, what are some other areas a novice like myself can take a stock WJ?
Oh yeah - I've been on that site before. Thats the only jeep site I guess I didn't re-find. I was on a bunch of them about a year ago when I first started looking around for a Jeep. There is some good information there, no doubt about it.
Well not in your neck of the desert but if you are planning to get up north/west. We get out alot, there are many trails that are great and even stock you should be fine with a bit of a challenge as well. Until you get a few mods I would stay in the rated 1 to 2+/3- trails; 4 and 5's get rather rough and are best done with highly moded Jeeps that you are willing to beat up and with others in case you get in trouble.
Heres a link to a book that is good start with the info you want "in the Jeep" when getting out to new areas that you are unfamiliar. "Guide"
VJC is good for information about local trails and runs but you will find a lot of DB's on there with no respect for anyone. Have thick skin and enjoy meeting new people.
That route you took is amazing. Next time you can turn right when you get to the T and you can go out towards red creek or even go left after the right and cross the Verde river and go to fossil springs and then end up in Camp Verde or Strawberry.
Of course don't do that until the summer time as the water will be too high and fast with the rain and snow we are now getting up north.
If you want a trail guide I would be glad to show you around.
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