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The location is Box Canyon at Hassayampa River just north of Wickenburg, AZ (about 1.5 hrs from Downtown Phoenix).

Here is more information from azoffroading.com...
http://azoffroading.com/arizona-trails/box-canyon-at-hassayampa-river/

It is a great trail as it is quite wide and forgiving for the most part and presents many different surfaces (sand, gravel, small boulders) and you even get to splash in the water. My Outback has ZERO mods beside a set of Yokohama Geolandar G015 tires.

Predictably, the Outback excels in all driving conditions with ease. The most impressive part is that even with lots of idling (I have a dog inside and I have to take pictures and videos) and driving on sand, I still got 16MPG, with is the combined city/hwy gas mileage for a Jeep Wrangler. Also, I have to be the most comfortable off-roader of them all as the ride was superlative and I am stayed completely dry the whole time.

Here are some videos and pictures I took. For the longer videos I suggest you to use a higher speed to play as it was rather uneventful.

Splashing...

Entering the Canyon...

Exiting the Canyon...

Pictures...
https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/vM3Sj6YoDIUXVsTMrhfsvanolZ981WXbiv4SD8edd5Z

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https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/rhHZPFcp7vV7OnXXDPcnMXc4aCXsZ8L0Y0UTwwMOuVe
 

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Nice videos. Thanks for sharing. Outbacks are very capable of off roading and soft roading. I drove mine over sand on Nantucket this summer and had fun being in places where just Jeeps and Pickups go.



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Awesome

Awesome! :grin2:

The location is Box Canyon at Hassayampa River just north of Wickenburg, AZ (about 1.5 hrs from Downtown Phoenix).

Here is more information from azoffroading.com...
http://azoffroading.com/arizona-trails/box-canyon-at-hassayampa-river/

It is a great trail as it is quite wide and forgiving for the most part and presents many different surfaces (sand, gravel, small boulders) and you even get to splash in the water. My Outback has ZERO mods beside a set of Yokohama Geolandar G015 tires.

Predictably, the Outback excels in all driving conditions with ease. The most impressive part is that even with lots of idling (I have a dog inside and I have to take pictures and videos) and driving on sand, I still got 16MPG, with is the combined city/hwy gas mileage for a Jeep Wrangler. Also, I have to be the most comfortable off-roader of them all as the ride was superlative and I am stayed completely dry the whole time.

Here are some videos and pictures I took. For the longer videos I suggest you to use a higher speed to play as it was rather uneventful.

Splashing...
https://youtu.be/ovUGtT-gumI

Entering the Canyon...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8dCSzZgIOU&t=126s

Exiting the Canyon...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWgpD4hODK0&t=162s

Pictures...
https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/vM3Sj6YoDIUXVsTMrhfsvanolZ981WXbiv4SD8edd5Z

https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/y4su2FNFoJBqCBhMgqFnKSR1A1KfMtRR8xL9Vca3v0j

https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/l5dz2s6dvj34tcHjTaBKRzVZ3SK30c4U0wQzjGmIufc

https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/QI6HGODvFgFh8iEypTIuqlrfrB9tFdft72nPdkUSXAb

https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/v8WDe1VmjrUHxiNb7q0F2reLJa0rJinGYI3Zzw8cTZU

https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/rhHZPFcp7vV7OnXXDPcnMXc4aCXsZ8L0Y0UTwwMOuVe
 

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Yup, that is a very nice trail.

I see you went in and out, but how far in did you go? There are two ways out on the left towards a dirt road. Once into the further section, past the first way out, did you get straight through the narrow rocky spot where the water is a bit deeper or did you take the mildly rocky bypass on the right?
 

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Yup, that is a very nice trail.

I see you went in and out, but how far in did you go? There are two ways out on the left towards a dirt road. Once into the further section, past the first way out, did you get straight through the narrow rocky spot where the water is a bit deeper or did you take the mildly rocky bypass on the right?
Not recorded on video, but I went as far as the big sandy area just south of "The Cabin" and I did a 3 point turn to get out. I did the rocky bypass on my way in and the water part on my way out. Both were fun. That trail is calling my name again and maybe I will go again next month and make some better videos.

The picture attached shows the farthest point I've traveled.
 

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I drove that trail earlier this year but cannot tell from the pic.

The end of trail is where one exits the second section of the canyon, 3.5-4 miles from the start. A narrow, slightly brushy track goes left to connect to the Rincon dirt road. One can also turn right and get into a w-i-d-e open, large sandy area.

The spot I was referencing is just before the end of the trail. There is a small open area right before it, where someone was camping (it is a campsite). You must get out into that area a bit and then back into the river which then flows between some taller and narrower banks and it is deeper there than elsewhere. I had that bad, sinking feeling in it, but mercifully the spot is fairly short so I was out quickly. The alternative is a somewhat rocky bypass on the right.

Anyway. It is a nice canyon and pretty close to town. We took Buckhorn Creek Tr on the way back, which was nice, too. It travels in a gravely wash for a while.

I like the Massey trail guides but they are quite long in the tooth. There are still relevant overall, but there are surprises. I also use Wells but his guides are quite Wrangler oriented.
 

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I'll have to see if my dad has been there, he offroads and lives in PHX. We did some treking around Sedona area in our OB, but limited with the bike rack on the back.
 
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