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Sunflower Mine
City:
Phoenix
State:
Arizona
Country:
United States
Events-Published:
0
Events-Archived:
7

Description:

According to Wells, P. 165, difficult. Stock SUV's can reach Sunflower Mine. Difficult portion of the trail begins later. It becomes rocky and narrow with tight brush (sorry John S.) in places. One narrow shelf road with loose rock. 13 miles about 4 hours.

Sunflower was a cavalry water station in 1868 and was a side station to Camp Reno. Known as Camp O'Connell, there was one building by the roadside on a military road from Fort McDowell to Camp Reno and to Payson. The military left Camp Reno and Sunflower in April 1870. Apaches were surprised when they found Camp Reno empty, and they burned everything down to the ground.

The trail is FR25A, the road to the mercury mine. A high clearance vehicle is required.

The mine was abandoned when the Viper Militia destroyed a bridge over a deep chasm while experimenting with explosives. The Forest Service has now rebuilt the bridge. It is a short walk to one of the mine tunnels and on beyond to view the large amount of equipment. This is a scenic drive through wilderness and a short walk.

The Sunflower Mine produced mercury. The mercury was extracted from an ore called cinnabar. This ore was broken down into fine particles which were then burned in vertical furnaces to produce mercury gas. After passing through multiple U shaped pipes, the mercury gas cooled and liquified producing pure mercury. The mineworks building still stands and all the processing machinery can still be seen.

This fun and challenging trail will test your vehicle and driving skills.

This trail requires a modified Land Rover. The minimum requirements are working low range and offroad tires. Rock sliders are recommended to prevent door sill damage.

SunWest Federal Credit Union - Phoenix
Website:
https://www.sunwestfcu.org/
Street:
11839 N 28th Dr
ZIP:
85029
City:
Phoenix
State:
Arizona
Country:
United States
Events-Published:
0
Events-Archived:
1

SunWest Federal Credit Union - Tucson
Website:
http://www.sunwestfcu.org
Street:
7725 E Broadway Blvd
ZIP:
85710
City:
Tucson
State:
Arizona
Country:
United States
Events-Published:
0
Events-Archived:
1

City:
Phoenix
State:
Arizona
Country:
United States
Events-Published:
0
Events-Archived:
2

Description:

This is a moderate-difficulty trail that climbs from the desert foothills near the Boyce Thompson Arboretum into the Superstition Mountains. Work your way up a rocky streambed (hopefully there will be a trickle of water left), climb to scrub oak and juniper pinion vegetation, and work your way west along some ridges toward Rogers Trough, and then down into scenic rocky country the Superstition Mountains are so known. This trail packs a lot of different scenery into one day, and is suitable for all vehicles and talents.

Sutherland Trail
City:
Phoenix
State:
Arizona
Country:
United States
Events-Published:
0
Events-Archived:
2

Description:

This trail is a true vehicle tester. Modified only no stock. Locker recommended.

This trail is adjacent to Catalina State Park in Tucson. It is the pole line for power/phone to Mt. Lemmon. Great view of Tucson and Oro Valley.

This is a difficult trail (3.5 to 4) that runs up the north side of Catalina State Park. It was originally used to establish phone and power lines to Mt. Lemmon and WAS another access to the top of Mt. Lemmon until the Wilderness area was established cutting off a corner of the trail preventing access to the top. This trail has no stop rocks, boulders, rocks, cracks, rock faces, rocks, and washed out areas all within about a 2 mile trail that takes 5 to 6 hours. Oh and did I mention there are a lot of rocks along the way. It's an up and back trail but provides challenges for all. Modified vehicles are recommended, locker suggested.

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