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Magnesium Mine 4x4 trail.

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Offline BlindWilly

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Magnesium Mine 4x4 trail.
« on: January 03, 2017, 02:59:37 PM »
So we had 3 rigs head up to the mines last Tuesday the 27th.
The trail up to the Magnesium Mine is a fun one. Be warned that there isn't a big area to turn around, but it can be done.
We had a guy that was backing up to the turn around spot and got to close to the edge. The ground is loose near the edge and we almost lost him. Part of the problem was not listening to the spotter or not understanding him, however we all got down with no problems and enjoyed the rest of our time at the park.
Also, there is a LOT of scat at the entrance to the cave/mine...  would that be bear or some type of cat? 
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Offline Ranger Tim

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Re: Magnesium Mine 4x4 trail.
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2017, 03:42:38 PM »
Be careful on our roads! Even our front country in backcountry, so response times are measured in hours/ days!

Did you get any pics of the scat?
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Re: Magnesium Mine 4x4 trail.
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2017, 09:53:46 AM »
Be careful on our roads! Even our front country in backcountry, so response times are measured in hours/ days!

Did you get any pics of the scat?
Oh we are careful... even more careful after that episode!
I didn't, but the wife of our Jeep driver did. I'll see if she posted it on Facebook and post it here.
It was pretty good sized from what I remembered.
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Re: Magnesium Mine 4x4 trail.
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2017, 12:40:32 PM »
Hey Ranger Tim,
She says this is the best photo she took.  Might be able to zoom in a bit.
I remember it was good sized, kind of gray, and a lot of it around the entrance.
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Offline Don H

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Re: Magnesium Mine 4x4 trail.
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2017, 03:20:34 PM »
Guess I'm going blind, but all I see are a bunch of rocks
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Re: Magnesium Mine 4x4 trail.
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2017, 10:19:20 AM »
Guess I'm going blind, but all I see are a bunch of rocks
I see what you did there ;)

It is mainly rocks, but I think there is some near the black rock over on the right side. 
But yeah, it's not the best photo.
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Re: Magnesium Mine 4x4 trail.
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2017, 10:48:15 AM »
That is javalina poop!
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Re: Magnesium Mine 4x4 trail.
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2017, 08:37:37 AM »
FYI, our park rangers just spent two days rescuing a vehicle that got stuck up at the top trying to turn around by the mine in a full-sized F-150. These roads are incredibly dangerous and are VERY easy to drive off of by accident. Always use a spotter for turning around and, barring that, don't go up if you are concerned about getting back down. These folks got very lucky and almost lost their brand new truck.
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Re: Magnesium Mine 4x4 trail.
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2017, 04:05:49 PM »
There was a spot to turn around on, but not a full sized truck!  Wow, those rangers did a good job!
My buddy's driver side front tire kept slipping off the edge.
We had to counterbalance on the other side and get him to straighten his wheel going forward.  THEN spotted him back to the turnaround point.
I'm not gonna lie,  it was scary. We all  have experience, but stuff can happen.
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