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!
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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