Sunflower Mine / National Mine

Location: Northeast of Sunflower.

Difficulty: Easy turning into moderate and difficult, with some very challanging parts of the trail.

Description: 20 mile loop through great mountains near Payson, AZ. Trail takes you to and past Sunflower Mine. The mine (also known as the National Mine) used to produce mercury. This trail is a combination of fairly easy trail to the mine, coupled with difficult trail past the mine.

Time & Distance: Allow all day for this 20 mile adventure, it might even be an 8-hour trip if you get stuck behind a struggling SUV or someone fixing a flat tire, and you can’t go around them!


Saturday 02/28/2015 90%
Rain showers early will evolve into a more steady rain for the afternoon. High 48F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.
Chance of Rain
Sunday 03/01/2015 80%
Chance of Rain
Occasional light rain. High 52F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Monday 03/02/2015 100%
Periods of rain. High 47F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Tuesday 03/03/2015 60%
Rain and snow showers in the morning. The rain and snow will change to rain showers in the afternoon. High near 45F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 03/04/2015 20%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High 49F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.


Directions to the Trail: From Mesa, take Highway 87 north to just past mile marker 222. Turn left onto Sycamore Creek Road. Follow this paved road 1.2 miles to the bottom of the hill, then turn right at the cattle guard onto Forest Service Road 25. Go through the gate and find a spot to park on the side of the road. Start your ride here.


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