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Arizona 4x4 Trails - Sunflower Mine Trail

Sunflower Mine
Posted December 1, 2004

Venturing Back To Ore Days

In the Mazatzal Mountains northeast of Phoenix lies myriad old roads and trails dating back to the 1800s. Along with some cavalry activity in the area, there also roamed a fair number of miners, who mostly concentrated on recovering mercury deposits from deep below the Earth's surface. These hills and valleys are still rich with the scattered remnants of these bygone days.

GPS COORDINATES
Point Description
Latitude
Longitude
Elevation (ft)
Mileage (mi)
001 Turn right off pavement onto dirt road
33 55' 53"
111 27' 50"
4,101
0.0
002 Cross cattle guard; bear left onto F.S. 25 down hill
33 56' 37"
111 27' 02"
4,299
1.2
003 Route turns into F.S. 25A; continue
33 56' 30"
111 28' 58"
3,925
3.8
004 Cross bridge
33 {{{57}}}' 05"
111 29' 26"
4,154
5.0
005 Follow road back at left to mine on hill (1/4 mile away)
33 57' 27"
111 29' 30"
4,347
5.5
006 Back from mine on F.S. 25A (same spot as above)
33 57' 27"
111 29' 30"
4,348
6.0
007 End F.S. 25A; follow trail in and out of creek
33 57' 46"
111 29' 07"
4,419
6.5
008 Hard right turn up rock ledge onto F.S. 3722; up hill
33 57' 56"
111 28' 52"
4,540
6.9
009 Right at T in road; great valley view from altitude
33 58' 02"
111 28' 33"
5,178
7.5
010 Roads intersect; continue SE down hill on F.S. 201A
33 58' 05"
111 28' 16"
5,395
7.7
011 Two mines, creek crossing, and reverse trail direction
33 58' 04"
111 27' 26"
4,571
9.1
012 Emerging from F.S. 201A onto F.S. 201 going SW
33 58' 04"
111 26' 60"
4,909
9.8
013 Long windy road leads back to this start point
33 55' 53"
111 27' 50"
4,101
13.3

We set out on a dreary late-winter day with the Arizona Lo-Rangers 4WD Club and headed for the upper altitudes of the Tonto National Forest. Our trip took us north on Highway 87, where we jumped off the pavement and followed Forest Service Road 25, which started at an elevation just above 4,000 feet.

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