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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 7:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Sunflower Mine (between Phx/Payson)- 3.5 Reply with quote

Do not go there by your self! You will die!

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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Sunflower Mine (between Phx/Payson)- 3.5 Reply with quote

I did this trail about 2 months ago.

It is very rocky and slow in the creek bed. 1 washed out part of a shelf road with about a 6-8 foot drop off that people have stacked as many rocks as they could to level it out. But it's still pretty tippy right there, feels like you're going to slip off but it's passable.

We got to the mine and turned around and came back out the way we went in. I'd like to go back and do the full loop when time permits....the day I was out there I needed to be back home for family coming over or I would have gone on past the mine.
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Sunflower Mine (between Phx/Payson)- 3.5 Reply with quote

Hahaha! Thanks cruiser.308! Great advice from this forum as always!

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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Sunflower Mine (between Phx/Payson)- 3.5 Reply with quote

JustinD wrote:
I did this trail about 2 months ago.

It is very rocky and slow in the creek bed. 1 washed out part of a shelf road with about a 6-8 foot drop off that people have stacked as many rocks as they could to level it out. But it's still pretty tippy right there, feels like you're going to slip off but it's passable.

We got to the mine and turned around and came back out the way we went in. I'd like to go back and do the full loop when time permits....the day I was out there I needed to be back home for family coming over or I would have gone on past the mine.

What does the processing plant look like after the fire?
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Sunflower Mine (between Phx/Payson)- 3.5 Reply with quote

all the buildings are gone. I never got to see them before the fire....only in pictures on google.

Now all thats left is the large metal tumbler device.
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Sunflower Mine (between Phx/Payson)- 3.5 Reply with quote

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Now all thats left is the large metal tumbler device.
The ball mill

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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Sunflower Mine (between Phx/Payson)- 3.5 Reply with quote

I figured they where gone. I stopped on 87 a couple weeks ago and looked over there with a telescope and couldn't see anything. Glad I have pictures to look at from several years ago.

Is the upside down dump truck gone? What about the tubes used for the cooling of the mercury gas?

Do you have any pictures?
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Sunflower Mine (between Phx/Payson)- 3.5 Reply with quote

Thanks JustinD for the update! I might go check it out on Friday!

Question #2: Does anyone know how long the entire loop would/could take? I am gonna tell folks where I'm at just in case!

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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Sunflower Mine (between Phx/Payson)- 3.5 Reply with quote

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Question #2: Does anyone know how long the entire loop would/could take? I am gonna tell folks where I'm at just in case!

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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 9:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Sunflower Mine (between Phx/Payson)- 3.5 Reply with quote

Literally all that's left is the ball mill....

I got a new phone and can't seem to find all my pictures...but here is one I found on google of how it looks right now.



And here is one of my kid standing where the truck used to be ...



The cooling tubes are gone...all the wood of course....it's just a slab of concrete and the ball mill now.

I never got to see it before, but from all the Google images, I wish I had.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Sunflower Mine (between Phx/Payson)- 3.5 Reply with quote

I could see the cooling tubes high on the hill to the east of the ball mill and I looked on Google Earth and it looks like you can still see them there. Any good 2WD could make it to the mine when I was there two weeks ago.
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