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Sunflower Mine

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Location Payson, AZ
Rating Difficult,
Length 13.7mi
Time 2hrs

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Overview

A favorite loop trail of ours.

This loop trail is still one of our favorites despite the fact that the large wooden mill structure at this mercury mine is gone. Fortunately, a gigantic cinnabar tumbler remains. Cinnabar is the ore used to produce mercury. A large forest fire occurred in this area in 2014. Stay out of mines no matter how safe they may look.

Rating

Difficult
Trail Ratings Defined

First half of route to mine is moderately steep and rocky. Second half requires maneuvering over large boulders, sometimes covered by water. There’s one extremely steep, rocky hill. The trail sees much UTV traffic, but many drivers do not complete the loop because it’s so rocky. We still prefer our Jeep. We recommend a lift and lockers at the minimum.

Stats

Length

13.7mi

Time

2hrs

High Point

5,407

Best Time To Go

Summer

Current Conditions

480-610-3300Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District

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