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2/17/2018 Sunflower Loop Recon

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A couple of us went to check out Sunflower Mine Loop on Saturday. Even though several signs indicate 'Bridge Out', the bridge is there and fully functional; it's solid as a rock and a road sign as you approach it says there's a 5 Ton Limit. I called Tonto National Forest Cave Creek Division to inquire as to the status of the bridge and trail, but no answer (President's Day?). I'll try back tomorrow.

 

Everything we saw indicates Sunflower Mine Loop is open; the trail is well marked and be well used, and we saw several other groups on it Saturday. Some of the trail is a little tougher than before, especially as you approach the bridge from the south. But a lot of the trail is way easier than before, namely in the creek, and the road out of the creek, which had been washed out but has since been repaired.

 

Here's a few pics from our day. The entire album is here: Diane's Album

 

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Just as you drop into the creek for the first time from the south

 

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The trail is significantly different as you approach the bridge

 

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Samdog Memorial still in place at the bridge

 

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Fully functional bridge

 

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Several sections of the trail now follow the creek bed rather than the old road alongside

 

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This section of the creek is actually much easier than it used to be

 

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Gary watching George watch Scott

 

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The road out of the creek goes right by John's Memorial

 

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Everyone made it through the tough sections unscathed

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I placed two new things on John's Memorial, an American flag made by JeepUniq and a key ring made by Artec Industries.

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thanks for posting D, it was a fun run!

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Perfectly cool day with almost no dust made for great trail conditions. Thanks for leading G & D! Great pictures, good times

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Bridge out ahead but not for this motley crew

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Kris flexing those new 35's

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Its great to see all is good with both memorials! Thanks for the check up, and I was also pleased to see the trail is open!

Thanks again!

smiles, ladybug

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