The trail starts out easy, with some steep hills and overlooks before entering Martin Canyon. This is an alternate answer to "Can you get there from Prescott?". 11 years ago. I've spoken with a few who did it in the last 2 months or so and no permit was required. The drive is challenging, but not overly difficult and provides inspiring scenery as you travel along the south edge of the Woodchute Wilderness Area inside the cool and shaded Martin Canyon. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > Nightstalker, May 4, 2013 #1. Ask the writer a question. Smiley Rock is a fun and challenging trail in the Jerome Woodchute Wilderness area. This is a fun trail with several challenging stretches. Locked gates at the end, had to ask to drive through a local’s land to get back to the road. Have a 2020 TRD PRO Tacoma, small lift, 285 tires. This trail is NOT for stock vehicles or mall crawlers. There are no bypass routes to avoid these narrow areas. Up to Smiley Rock, which is located about halfway through Martin Canyon, the trail is relatively tame, as Finished at the camp ground and that was the least fun part because of all the mud-bogging that looked to have been going there. Once in the canyon, … Todd is an avid wheeler who loves to explore new trails whenever and wherever he can. Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL! Several areas are very narrow and you are guaranteed to get Arizona pinstripes, so if you are highly concerned about the integrity of your paint job, this is not the trail for you. So in my opinion, NOT a moderate trail. Starting Point: Smiley Rock OHV Trail is a 22.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Jerome, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. Then they get stacked and packed as groups wheel through it. The trail is rated “difficult” in Wells’ “Guide to Arizona Back Tavasci Marsh Overlook and Tuzigoot National Monument, Tavasci Marsh from Tuzigoot National Monument, Lower Raptor, Upper Raptor, Rust Bucket and Bones Loop. I took the back way to Jerome via 318/narrow gage, Perkinsville Rd. The other twenty percent you are going through a very boulder filled stream bed and there are no alternate routes. There is also potential for some Arizona pin striping along portions of the trail. New trail on the high,West side completes the loop. This trail is not for a stock vehicle unless you have at least a tire that measures 33 inches or more and you have skid plates. Joined: But did use 4H to make it easier. I've run this trail many times and enjoy it. The drive is challenging, but not overly difficult and provides inspiring scenery as you travel along the south edge of the Woodchute Wilderness Area inside the cool and shaded Martin Canyon. I would not have made it, so I had to turn around. Managed fine in a levelled JKU on 33s with minimal rub, took about 2.5 hours. Unlicensed vehicles are okay on … Noticed some FJ Crusiers on your video. PHX - Smiley Rock Dualsport. Was a great ride, very rocky. The northern Shawangunks are one of New York's most popular scenic destinations. There are spots are you may bottom out, pinstripes definitely, and rock sliders are a big plus. Cottonwood, Arizona. His want and desire to find passable trails and new nooks and crannies of the Great American West to explore were his reasons behind starting Trailsoffroad.com. 80% easy but that 20%... very rocky coming up from Martin Canyon (or down, depending on direction). Directions to the Trail: Follow Hwy 89A through Jerome and turn north at the fire station. Smiley Rock Trail – Jerome, AZ To get there take 89A through Jerome and turn north at the fire station. Trail Oval Decal - AZ - Turkey Creek. Cinder Hills ATV Area – Flagstaff, AZ. The trail is primarily used for bird watching and ohv/off road driving. On any given weekend you can find Todd on some obscure 4x4 trail or using his legs to hike to an alpine lake. The Long Path enters the northern Shawangunks near Lake Maratanza in Sam's Point Preserve, which is part of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Inexperienced drivers should not try this trail alone. A local club I follow on FB, broke a few patts and said it was more erroded than they remember. Just outside of Jerome, one of the most famous and ghostly mining towns in all Arizona, sits a rock that never stops smiling. Travel approximately 7.7 miles to Forest Service Road 318A. Pretty easy hike with some improvement needed to rockier areas, but great scenery all across the valley. Had to take a creative line and use the boulder in the middle to push you around in order to keep from rolling sideways. do not try this unless you have 24" tires and at least 18" of clearance! $3.00 View Options. Cause if it was, you are going back up The canyon. I have a 2.5 inch lift and 35s and it was no problem. Beautiful trail overall, don’t forget to stop and take a picture of smiley rock! A favored spot for rock climbers from all over the northeastern US, the cliffs provide wonderful vie… Link to a description of the trail on AZFJ forums: AZFJ › Forums › Reviews › Arizona Trail Reviews › Smiley Rock (Jerome Area) - 3.0 There is a lot to do in this entire area, so making this trail part of one your summer adventures would be a good idea. I was fine most of the way, but about the "rocky hill" section #3 waypoint I think, I got high centered on a rock and to winch up the hill. We did in our ZJ w/ 6" lift and 35s. At 11,508 ft. it is the highest in this group of peaks known as the Smiley Lobe. Very scenic and we had a ton of fun, but please do not attempt if your vehicle is not capable! Stepping stones cross Broad Meadow Brook, after which the dirt trail ascends a moderately steep slope to the powerline. There are a number of other 11,000 ft. peaks in this area but all are 200-300 ft. lower than Smiley. They say necessity is the mother of all invention and that holds true for Todd. I attempted this in a stock F150 4x4 and wasn't able to make it all the way. We never used lockers of 4L. It was definitely HARD. My friend was in his tundra with 35s and about the same lift. The trail is great!! Turn left/south and travel the shelf road for 6.7 miles to Forest Service Road 9701V. Nice write up Todd! This full-color, water-resistant map includes all new trails and trailheads, including the Testimonial Gateway Trailhead. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. Not a whole lot of views on the trail, but it is pretty entertaining to drive the last portion, and gets a little difficult (rocky) for a short section of the trail. The road is mostly flat and follows along the northern border of the wilderness. For those of you who don't know about this trail, it is a scenic and moderately challenging run outside of Prescott. Granite Mountain Trail. 80% is easy, a few bumps and rocks. The trail is primarily used for bird watching and ohv/off road driving. Jaybiker - KTM 525 Yardstick - KTM 450 Supertanker Jrproper - KTM 570 Goner - Yamaha WR450 Nightstalker - Honda 450X Staging with Mingus Mountain in the background. 4 JKs and the token XJ. We solve the problem of finding off-road trails that satisfy your personal adventure threshold. Details: A level trail, packed stone dust from its inception to the brook crossing. Printed on white vinyl and laminated for longevity. Overview Smiley Mountain is a high and lonely, tri-summited mountain in the southeast corner of Idaho's Pioneer Mountains. Too many BIG rocks and boulders. I agree with the last post. My 2 cents. Current Lead Time: 2-4 Weeks - Thank you for all the business! Parsons Trail. Whether you are into overlanding, beaches, rock crawling, backcountry roads or high mountain passes - we have that perfect off-road trail. More than moderate in Martin canyon. Smiley smile is a 405 m less popular blue singletrack trail located near Sundsvall. Most of the trail is easy except for a few rocky places. Beautiful views from Jerome until you get to the big power line turn. Did the entire loop from Jerome. You can’t miss the fire station if you stay on 89A. looking for info on it I came across this post from Nov. 20th 2013 on another forum. As you come in from Forest Service Road 318A and reach the power lines turn southeast onto the well-marked road numbered 9701V towards an APS electrical substation. Chris, Q: Does this actually need a permit? This trail requires significant clearance, large tires, and for some even lockers. I made it to where the trail ends and turns into a boulder filled river bed. View Smiley Rock in a larger map for even more DETAILS! Smiley Rock Trail Closure!! Description; Reviews (0) Classic oval shaped trail decals - create a collection of all the awesome trails you have driven! Smiley Rock is a scenic trail that circles Woodchute Mountain. from TurnDriverSide. Sedona, AZ. Zukapalooza 2009 - Smiley Rock Trail. Additionally, you get some nice long stretches in the shade to knock the heat down. You will not make it past smiley rock, if coming from Jerome. Clarkdale, AZ. Once you hit the wash/dry creek bed, it is pure fun. I had a great time met a lot of cool people and the trail runs were a ton of fun. Rattlesnake Canyon Trail – Sedona, AZ. Group Size: Group size should be kept down to 5 or smaller. It's so named for a rock that someone carved a smiley face into long ago. Smiley Rock is one of the more famous off-road trails in the State and for good reason. The main attraction is the rock with a smile set in stone. Founded by the Smiley Family in 1869, our Victorian castle resort is nestled in the Hudson Valley, only 90 miles north of New York City. $3.00 View Options. Red Rock State Park. North Wilson Trail. High clearance is a must. It sits there smiling at you and this is the type of trail in which you could honestly smile back. Trail Oval Decal - AZ - Sunflower Mine. Everone took a turn. in Her to me we heard about smiley rock, and found this trail on all trails. Some of the turn-offs are easy to miss, so be careful. There was a huge boulder to the left so you have to go to the right. Smiley Rock Trail – Jerome, AZ. Narrow shelf road on east side of Mingus Mountain. Really cool trail - not for stock vehicles, lifted with larger off-road tires strongly recommended. The trail changes every year with rain and erosion, so come prepared with a 4×4 vehicle and off-roading skills. I'll be leading a group down Smiley Rock trail for this month's run. Is there a place that we should know about? It has spectacular views and fun closed in forest areas. Surrounded by 40,000 acres of pristine forest, our National Historic Landmark resort offers farm-to-table cuisine and an award-winning spa.. Book Now Trail Oval Decal - AZ - Smiley Rock. Sedona, AZ. Long, easy backcountry loop with one short difficult section. There was an open gate after the hard part. Huge thanks to Myron from ZuksOffRoad.com and Scott (dogonmut) for putting together this event, and thanks to Bobby (Zukicidal) for keeping the club going for the last 10 years. Definitely agree with the 80/20 split. I have a JL Sahara with 34” tires and 2.5 inch lift and I was fine. Before heading back to California from our fun at the 2013 Overland Expo, we decided to do one last run up the Smiley Rock Trail which is located up near the old mining town of Jerome and, good portions of it are a part of the historic, Great Western Trail. Smiley Rock Trail; If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. Dead Horse Ranch State Park ... Dogie Trail. The route begins in Jerome, an old mining town turned tourist attraction. It did not dampen our spirits though and we continued on N/W of town on our quest to find Smiley Rock. Trail is located just outside of Jerome Arizona and is a lot of fun. We were both fine. I have a 2008 Polaris Ranger 700 stock. I wonder when that gets closed. Sat, May 18, 2019, 9:00 AM: This is a very scenic run along the border of the Woodchute Wilderness Area in the Prescott National Forest. View the answers. $3.00 View Options. We want you to know what you are getting into before you are either bored or scared to death. Smiley Rock. Trail Maps: The New Mohonk Preserve Trailhead map is now available for purchase at the Nature Shop in the Visitor Center for $9.99! Q: Can a Honda Pioneer 500 successfully follow this trail? It has a little something for everyone, including great views, climbs, and a few obstacles. Capped by a hard, white conglomerate, the Shawangunks form a long mountain ridge with gently dipping slopes along the surface of the conglomerate, that give way suddenly to great white cliffs. Trail Oval Decal - AZ - Smiley Rock; Trail Oval Decal - AZ - Smiley Rock. We took it from potato patch campground/FR104. Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Nightstalker, May 4, 2013. Q: Can I get to the starting point of this trail coming from Prescott? So started from there. Adress: Honda Road 37, Pensilvania, USA; For Play Drive and Groups +359 888 235 872 [email protected] miles covered: 680 030. Q: Thinking of trying this trail . Smiley Rock OHV Trail is a 36.5 kilometer lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Jerome, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. BACK. Highlights include awesome views of the Chino Valley and beyond, the potential for wildlife sightings, and of course Smiley Rock! $3.00 View Options. Thanks, This mountain bike primary trail can be used downhill primary. Trail Oval Decal - AZ - Soldier Pass. It’s a great trail, 85 percent easy and the rest rocks and wash. If you don't mind bouncing around it's a great trail! Sedona, AZ. Leaving Jerome the heavens opened up and we got dumped on for awhile. Five riders would attack Mingus Mountain, Jerome, and the Smiley Rock Trail. Stayed at Potato Patch CG. Sedona, AZ. A big rainfall will jumble up the rocks in the "Rougher Section". Broken Arrow – Sedona, AZ. If you’re in a Subaru or some sort of cross over or stock explorer type suv, you will win into trouble. Bear Mountain Trail. Allow plenty of time to see historic Jerome and the Gold King Mine. Some of the trail is officially part of the Great Western Trail. Great trail, amazing sights driving up to the trail. Please do not bring a trail hawk or other suv unless modified. Here we would … Length 22.7 miElevation gain 3507 ftRoute type Point to point You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. Our app crashed again, so the recording was cut short. Smiley Rock is one of the more famous off-road trails in the State and for good reason. Heading up through the creek to Potato Patch was a lot of fun. Took out the Jeep with 2” lift and 35”‘a, it did great. For individual use only, not to be shared. Just wondering if the trail is suitable etc. 72 as you climb on primitive road. We took a remote Forest Service Trail that is strewn with boulders. The station is located at a tight turn along a switchback that winds through the center of town. This is a popular trail for good reason. This goes the the trail head as well. I wonder if this was closed when Scott ended up at a private gate, looking at their recording.The rest of the trail was easy and a lot of great views. Jerome, AZ. The trail ends at Highway 89A. Fairly easy except for a few climbs at the beginning. My battery was dead and the bike wasn't in the mood to kick start. The trail ranges in elevation from about 5,800 feet … Beyond the powerline, Sprague Extension Trail (0.5 miles) takes you through upland oak woods and connects to Smiley Face Trail. Were these modified ? Bumpy road, great views. About a half-mile on dirt road leads to a large parking area & well-marked trailhead with information kiosk.Show more Follow 89A to Jerome. 2018 Jeep JL Rubi , 2.5 lift with 37's Follow Smiley Rock using track logs. From State Route 260 turn south onto State Route 89A. Clarkdale, AZ. If you try to take a stock Jeep or Toyota through that section, you will likely scrape hard. NEXT. Great views if you start in Jerome and come around the edge of the canyon. Rocky trail, but most sections have a bypass on the forest road. Maybe this app should use the 1-5 scale and call it a 4. The trail to Smiley Rock starts with your standard basic Fire Road in Jerome, winds up into the mountains with nice views of the area, and down into a trail that enters Martin Canyon. he mentioned there was a sign at the north end that was ripped off and one at the power plant at the southern end. Our weekend adventure to the Smiley Rock trail was to take us into the Prescott National Forest, nearly the dead center of Arizona. Greasy Spoon – Sedona, AZ. Enjoy scenic views of Verde Valley along C.R. Into Jerome. The main attraction is the rock with a smile set in stone. Stay off this trail during rainy periods; the last part … Smiley Rock Trail – Jerome, AZ May 21, 2013 wayoflife Trail Events 0 Before heading back to California from our fun at the 2013 Overland Expo, we decided to do one last run up the Smiley Rock Trail which is located up near the old mining town of Jerome and, good portions of it are a part of the historic, Great Western Trail. I'm running 30/10R-14 Rage Thunder Tires on 14x7 5+2 Raceline Scorpion Wheels. The hill up to Smiley Rock was really rutted out badly. Turn left on Main Street which turns into West Jerome-Perkinsville Road. You can go through Chino Valley, then east on Perkinsville Rd CR70, to FR318A. Headed out to Smiley Rock trail this past weekend. 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