Ouch...no love for that trail, Rich. I will say that it's a nice ride through the forest and your son would probably enjoy it. There are other places to go near there, as well. Nearly directly west of the two exits from I-17 that lead to Crown King is the exit for Bloody Basin Road that leads to the Verde River. It connects to Seven Springs Road that heads south into the Carefree/Cave Creek area and into town from the north.

If Bloody Basin is too tame, continuing south on I-17 gets you to Table Mesa Road heading west again, still eventually joining Seven Springs Road, but there are far more challenging diversions, and easy bypasses, of course.

John B.