Just an FYI...a group of us took the "Saddle Mountain Mine Trail " this past Saturday (05/10/03) as described in this website, and had a not so good experience. We actually got lost at the point where the trail description says "take the Story Mine Trail to the left...and follow the jeep trails down to the ravine". Because of the lack of signage it is very easy to get lost and disoriented. We turned a 6.5 mile hike into probably a 20 mile hike by the time we figured out where we were. Up to that point the trail description was right on, but after that it got quite foggy as to where we had to go. The only thing we could figure is that the trail has become overgrown due to lack of usage. I almost got bit by a rattlesnake bushwhacking through the brush. Don't get me wrong...the Mazatal Mountains are absolutley gorgeous, but you don't want to get stranded out there.
If anyone has any comments or suggestions, I would really appreciate your feedback.