Instead of starting on Elberta Slant Road as we had before, we decided to start farther to the north. From Highway 68 we turned west onto Chimney Rock Pass Road (9600 South) and continued west until reaching a popular dispersed camping area. From there, we unloaded the bikes and headed towards Allens Ranch. From the ranch we continued south on a fairly well-maintained dirt road that eventually connected to an old, abandoned railroad bed. We followed the railroad until it dumped us into Eureka.
After exploring the area for about an hour, it was getting late so we decided to head back up Burriston Canyon Road. We got about three miles up the canyon when we were stopped dead in our tracks by a charging sheep dog. He had heard us coming and rushed toward us to protect the flock behind him. He continued to bark at us as for what seemed like an eternity while I plotted our next move. Meanwhile, the sheep had come to complete stop. A few minutes later, an irate rancher berated us and threatened us to move. Considering that he was just trying to do his job and realizing that it was easier for us to turn around than for him to carve a path for us, we agreed to go back the way we came; however, I had no idea how to get back to the truck accept for the way we came.
Weighing my options and realizing that my son's bike was getting low on gas, I pulled out my phone to find the shortest way back. I found an alternate route, but I had no idea how difficult it would be and if my son would be able to do it. We easily made it across Highway 6, and from highway six to Elberta Slant Road. The route I had identified took us north along the eastern foothills of the mountains northwest of Elberta. It was this route that led us to the abandoned railroad tunnel. We had no idea it existed and were pleasantly surprised when we came around the corner and saw a giant hole in the side of the mountain.
To see exactly where the railroad tunnel is, check out the full review of the Tintic Mining District Loop. You'll need to visit the desktop version of the website on you desktop, laptop, or tablet in order to use the interactive map.