The weather for the day was perfect as everyone began rolling into the parking lot at the Mercur turnoff. Over the next 30 minutes more and more rigs showed up until the group had grown to 25. We headed up towards Mercur for a few miles til we hit the pullout for the cemetery. A quick hike later and we were taking in the morning sun, great views, and of course wandering among the grave sites.
After leaving Mercur, we had a short stint on the highway before turning up towards Ophir. Taking our time slowly driving through the town, we were able to take in the sites of all the old equipment, homes, and mine remnants before taking the turnoff for Lion Hill Loop. The first section was a tad rough, but the group made it through without incident. Once we reached the top we were rewarded with an excellent view of the valley below.