Ah man it just pains me to see that picture. I drove that trail about 4 years ago. I was having the time of my life. But I got off to a late start due to a longer than expected hiking trip in the morning and it was about 3pm or 4pm when I left the town of Crystal. By about 5 or 6pm I still hadn't reached the Mill. I was probably going much slower than I needed to. In part because I had my 3 month old son in the back, in part because I was alone and inexperienced. Anyway, it was getting dark and it looked like it was going to rain (again). At that time I was driving my old 99 Sahara with half worn Wrangler GSAs that I just didn't trust in the rocks on those shelf roads in the rain, so I turned around. I think I was probably about 1/2 to 2/3s of the way there when I turned around. That is if I was still on the right trail. So now I feel defeated everytime I see a picture of the Mill. I so much wanted to see it. Some day when the kids are older I will get out there again. There are a lot more trails I would love to drive now. But that trail is the one that really got me hooked on Jeeping. I can skip the offroad parks. What I love is easy/moderate trails with fantastic views that the average tourist can't drive.
Your trip looks fantastic, I want to do everything you did. Your campsites are all awesome. Are you just in the National Forest somewhere or were those actual sites?