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Sunflower Mine Trail Open!

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Hey, guess what? Sunflower Mine Trail is open again! A group from the VJC ran it today, here's their picture thread: http://www.virtualjeepclub.com/showthread.php?82360-Sunflower-Mine-4-11-14-first-loop-run-after-the-wildfire

 

Looks like we might need to do some 'splorin', boys! :D

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It's been awhile since I have been up there, but the trail looks more difficult than I remember. Love that area.

 

Benny.

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It's been awhile since I have been up there, but the trail looks more difficult than I remember. Love that area.

 

Benny.

 

Benny, there was a fire at Sunflower Mine and the trail has been closed ever since. Its been a year or two I think, and it's just now opening back up. So yeah, it's going to be very rough for sure.

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Looks like the plaque at the bridge is missing.

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Looks like the plaque at the bridge is missing.

 

It does appear that the entire rail that the plaque was welded to is gone. We know that at some point the whole bridge was displaced, and you can see from the pictures from the other day it is for sure bent. Whether the missing piece was washed downstream or hauled out by the forestry service during clean up, or vandalized ??? will remain to be seen. There is already talk about putting up a new one if the old one is gone (talk started by me on face book so who knows what will come of it?). :)

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The shelf climb that takes you from the mine up into the mountain, looks to be derided I to one heck of a rock garden. The trail deserves a rating reevaluation.

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The plaque was spotted by somebody at the VJC - it's still there!

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Courtesy of a VJC user. It's camouflaged in this picture:

 

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:D

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I was up there a few months before the fire but I rode along with someone - I very much want to get up there with my 4Runner.

 

So Diane, when are you planning a trip ;)

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