Lots of ice along the trail. It took us 2:30 to the crest and 1:45 back down The Little and medium rocks we're slippery and annoying on the feet, but other than that great trail. Awesome campsite. The signed trailhead takes off right of the gravel road and starts climbing immediately. Begin from the Miller Peak trail at the end of Road 9703. Spectacular trail in Coranado National Memorial. Excellent trail, the drive to the trail head is a little scary but not too bad, trail is in great shape. Of course, this means that trailside vegetation is well-watered, and you’ll be swimming through thick foliage for much of this section. Named for the highest peak in the Huachuca Mountains, and is the highest and southernmost peak in the United States. A winding 1.3-mile paved road leading to the scenic summit is open for visitors to drive in summer and on spring and fall weekends. Above the Black Bear Mine, as the trail leaves the canyon floor, it continues to switchback and hill-climb to its junction with the Crest Trail #103 in the vicinity of Miller Peak. Some of the sections of the crest trail leading up to Miller Peak didn’t even feel like Arizona. Snow was several inches deep near the summit. Did the hike on 9/14. It seemed like a good climb near the beginning then a reasonable break with switchbacks with an increase of angle in the final mile. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Miller Peak (Arizona), as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit. It was around an elevation of 6,500 feet when I turned around. While there are several trails available leading to the summit of Miller Peak, I opted for Miller Canyon in hopes to tag Carr Peak … Three main hiking trails ascend Pack Monadnock to the summit. I meet quite a few hikers going up to Miller peak. Miller Peak #1. I got about a mile and a half up the trail and had to turn back because the elevation/altitude got me. Festooned primarily with lupine and balsamroot, there are plenty of others to take in as well, like bitterroot and columbine, among others. Miller Peak west of Old Blewett Pass offers hikers, mountain bikers, snowshoers, and skiers outdoor opportunities all year long. Cross the Teanaway River bridge and in 7 miles turn left onto Teanaway Road. At 8 miles and 3200 feet of elevation it gives just enough elevation to give a good workout, but for this region, it is makes for a very attainable summit. Up to now, the trail has been open to all users: mountain bikes, equestrians, and motorized bikes. More around 5.2 miles to the top. That’s why it’s “hard”. What was also frustrating - people really don’t pick up after their pets. hike-a-bike is not an option. The Miller Peak Wilderness lies between the city of Sierra Vista and the Mexican border in the southern half of the Huachuca Mountains. But the climbing's not over yet. However, the trail goes through a burn area and appears to be slumping. It was a challenging hike and I am glad I finally made it up to Miller peak. I like to see views as I climb. Miller Peak is a spectacular landmark mountain located in far-south Arizona near the town of Sierra Vista and the Fort Huachuca Military Base. The Miller Peak/Iron Bear Peak loop is a long day hike, but the trail is well graded and in reasonable good condition. Did this trail on 7/10. The … Begin from the Miller Peak trail at the end of Road 9703. Started the day off with a drive up Carr canyon road which is a rough narrow high clearance road to it’s end at Ramsey Campground. Views are provided throughout the hike. Miller Peak Area Topo Map. At the first junction after the fork, turn right onto Road 9703. Oversite Canyon Trail to Ida Canyon Trail, Arizona Trail: Southern Border to Parker Lake Trailhead, Crest Trail Junction via Hunter Canyon Trail #111. I was also the only person on the trail. Most views are to the north. This didn't really bother me, but given the length of the trail and the inherent seclusion that comes with being at this elevation out in the mountains, it is something to consider! You will thank me for that. This trail goes by Bond Spring. There is a small fee for the guided hike. Long hike but well worth it. I'd consider myself an intermediate level hiker, and this trail lived up to its "hard" rating, in my opinion. A challenging trail due to its length, but none of it is actually difficult. This teaser view completes a relentlessly steep hillclimb, but you’re not finished yet! I’m from Florida. Miller Canyon Trail to Miller Peak is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sierra Vista, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. It may seem longer, but that’s because you’ve just climbed 2500 feet, and much of that was in the last 2.25 miles. Following an access road to the top really isn't that exciting. The Miller Peak Trail in the Huachuca Mountains climbs 3,000 feet over 5.5 miles to reach the highest peak in the range, giving hikers an unparalleled view of the surrounding deserts. Within a quarter mile you see a signed intersection, keep going straight/left to Miller Canyon/Peak. Very nice views of the border, Huachuca, and mountains throughout. Stay on Teanaway Road for 12.5 miles. Interesting trail as it climbs thru a few climate zones. Bring a camera! Miller Peak Wilderness is a wilderness area in Coronado National Forest, AZ. Very nice trail in most spots. There’s a lot of history in these mountains and they are where Francisco Vázquez de Coronado first entered what is now Arizona in 1540. The trail starts out relatively easily. The Miller Peak spur trail is wider with a trail through the forest. Miller Peak can be reached most easily by the YDS Class 1, complete walk up, Miller Peak Trail. From Seattle on I-90 East, head to exit 85 for East Cle Elum. Follow a few short switchbacks, then pop out on a shoulder with excellent views, as well as a sign of things to come; a steep trail heading straight up the hill. Features registration, programs, directions, and newsletters. About a mile later, I hit the park border and started into the Miller Peak Wilderness, where snow from the previous night’s storm was still hanging on to the steep hillsides in the shade. I have hiked Miller Peak from Lutz Canyon which is a toughie with little shade and no water. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Only down side is that there is an open sewage pit on the top of Miller peak. Make the 3,200-foot climb up to Miller Peak and take some time to enjoy the views of the Stuart Range and the Teanaway. miller peak MILLER PEAK Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Located just a few miles from the Mexican border, Miller Peak is the southern most mountain summit in the United States. Or. The views in the first mile plus are woodsy, nice water views if you’re lucky and there’s enough flow. This trail, along with .3 miles of the Carr Peak Spur Trail, provides access to 9220’ Carr Peak after 2.7 miles of hiking and 1800’ of climbing. Day Hike - Miller Peak/Iron Bear Loop. Absolutely beautiful trail with stunning views of the US and Mexico. Very long views, maybe 100 miles on a clear day. Reach the junction with the Miller Peak spur trail 3.8 total miles from the trailhead. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. There are still several creek crossings ahead, so you have more opportunities to refill on water. Miller Peak is an excellent, challenging day hike, which gains 3200 feet to the high point. The first 2 miles or so are real leg burners. Carr Peak is the third-highest mountain in Cochise County, Arizona (after Chiricahua Peak and Miller Peak) and is the second-highest mountain in the Huachuca Mountains.It rises about 10 miles (16 km) south of Sierra Vista, Arizona.The summit is in the Miller Peak Wilderness on the Coronado National Forest and about 4 miles (6 km) south of the Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve. As with most trails, the pay off is worth it once you summit. It may seem longer, but that’s because you’ve just climbed 2500 feet, and much of that was in the last 2.25 miles. It is rocky and narrow on places, so be careful. So my recommendation is be prepared for bugs, icky smells and a high climb but your reward is at the top, not on the way. This was with breaks. Steady grade most of the way. I wasn’t fit enough to enjoy this one. So care should be taken traversing that area. Saw deer at the top and found a wildlife motion detector camera. Such a brutal trail if you are not used to elevation. I took the Arizona Trail for the majority of this hike, starting from Montezuma Pass. It can be reached via Miller Canyon for a tough and rewarding climb. It was really windy and actually a little chilly because of the elevation. We went clockwise up the Miller Creek trail which gets the lions share of elevation gain out of the way first thing. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. It was pleasant in the sun at the beginning, then cooled down towards the top with the wind. It’s long. Length 9.2 miElevation gain 3044 ftRoute type Out & back View a map of this area and more on Natural Atlas. I saw a roadrunner on the trail. Otherwise highly recommend. A toilet is available at the trailhead. I call it difficult just because of the small rocks and elevation over a short distance. The trail starts in the high desert grasslands near the Arizona/Mexico border, and ascends north into a rocky ponderosa pine forest before reaching the summit. Arizona is blessed with 5 total (Miller, Humphreys, Graham, Lemmon and Chiricahua), more then many other more “mountainous” states including Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Oregon. Montezuma pass is another route which is long and hot. In the 0.6 mile spur trail, you’ll gain yet another 600 feet to the summit of Miller. Miller Peak Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hereford, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. At this point the paving ends and the road forks. Miller Peak (Arizona) Climbing Notes. Finally though, the trail does begin switchbacking up and away from the creek. Great views along the way include aspen stands and Miller Peak. But all that climbing affords you breathtaking views of the Stuarts, and much of the Teanaway area, as well as Mount Rainier. The County Line Trail is a scenic, undulating trail for normal hikers and burly mountain bikers that provides ever-changing views as you move from knoll to knoll along a long ridge leading to toward Miller Peak. Wow, I loved this hike. Take the right fork onto Road 9737. The 9,466-foot high point of the Huachuca range is the product of a “super volcano” created by the Pacific continental plate sliding under the North American plate. This hike has some gorgeous scenery and a climactic summit view. Great summer hike. Almost no poison ivy spotted just one bush off trail. A little bit of a scramble for the last 100m to the peak. It took me about 4.5 hours of hiking to complete this trip. The elevation didn't bother me much and it was amazing going through different climate zones. 209 and Liberty No. Seattle, WA 98104. Cross the freeway on the overpass and turn right onto Highway 970. A long, beautiful loop in the golden Teanaway. Signs at the trailhead state that it's 5.3 miles to Miller Peak. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. The hikes are advertised on the Center’s website and usually occur in March. The spur trail is supposed to be hiker only, but it's evident other users head up to the summit as well. The Crest trail has sky high open views of sky island section of Arizona. Your final creek crossing is about 1.8 miles in. Hike by WTA Staff: This is a moderate out and back trail to Miller Peak in Miller Peak Wilderness Area.. It took us three hours to get from Montezuma Pass Road to the peak. Located on Possum Kingdom Lake. Snow Lake Trail: Helping an Iconic Trail Step Up Sustainability. Stunning views in all directions, but be forewarned that it doesn't appear park rangers have maintained the trail in a while because the brush is overgrown in several spots, making the trail hard to pass through starting around the 2-mile mark. Drive 3.3 miles to the trailhead at the end of this road.Parking is limited here, and keep in mind that other cars have to pass, so park so that others can come and go. Your reward for climbing this far is a good overlook of lower Ramsey Canyon and the San Pedro River Valley. And, if you’re heading for Miller, it’s not over yet. Miller Peak with it's awesome panoramas is always worth the effort. Very well graded. Great hike for even better views of southern Arizona and northern Mexico Near Sierra Vista Southeast, Arizona. The elevation gain is moderate. Easy to follow and well signed at the intersections. As others have said very little cover so protect yourself and bring 4 liter of water. The summit of Miller Peak can be gained by any of several trails, which all involve moderately strenuous hikes requiring approximately 3,500 feet (1,100 m) in elevation gain and 9 to 11 miles (14 to 18 km) distance round-trip. This is truly a remarkable place to be. Used microspikes for part of the trail, and I was happy to have them. The summit is acce Miller State Park is located on the 2,290-foot summit and flank of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough and is the oldest state park in New Hampshire. Although the scenery along the way is not as spectacular as some other hikes in southern Arizona, the view from the summit is as far as the eye can see in all directions. This mountain bike primary trail can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating with a 138 ft black diamond climb. After that, the trail truly gets down to business and begins climbing steadily through pine forest and wildflowers to a viewpoint about 0.8 miles shy of the junction with the spur trail to Miller Peak. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. TH: Go on Iron Bear Tr1351, immediately crossing Miller Creek and another small creek, then cross North Fork Bear Creek at 1.4mi, as the trail follows South Fork Bear Creek to the Teanaway Ridge headwaters. Perhaps the most well-known trailhead is found at the end of Miller Canyon Road, near Hereford, Arizona. I think you have to get much further to really enjoy any views, which was really disappointing. The summit reaches to … The elevation never really levels out, you're constantly gaining. Please submit any useful information about climbing Miller Peak (Arizona) that may be useful to other climbers. This Wilderness encompasses 20,190 acres and was established in 1984. Little longer than what all trails says. Photo by Anna Roth. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until May. But all that climbing affords you breathtaking views of the Stuarts, and much of the Teanaway area, as well as Mount Rainier. The trail was in great shape except for one tight area - not a big deal. The Border Patrol has a tracking station in the trail parking lot, watching for drug smugglers with radar and night cameras. I clocked in about 3200 feet for the day. Moderate at most. We had the peak to ourselves. Miller Peak Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hereford, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. You can’t see it from here, but the views are truly spectacular from the small summit block. Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District, Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books), Green Trails Mount Stuart No. Make it a loop or hike back down to the trailhead. Take a sip of water, and make that last push to the top, where you are rewarded with absolutely stunning 360-degree views. This was a beautiful trail with lots of visibility. Great view, but blocked by small brush. Or. Few spots are definitely very over grown. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, bird watching, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Anna Roth. We Walked In the Clouds. Miller Peak is a landmark mountain located in far-south Arizona near the town of Sierra Vista and the Fort Huachuca Military Base. Overview. Fortunately the trail also isn’t quite as steep through this section, so I was able to continue climbing at a decent pace. The final 3 to the summit are also pretty difficult, but its was the altitude and mental game that really got to me. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association The hike up was a leg burner for sure. Head around the back of what you might think is Miller Peak, still climbing steadily, though more moderately, and enjoy views of Navaho Peak, Dragontail and some of the other Stuart Peaks, even Mount Rainier on a clear day. The first and, annoyingly, final mile are the hardest but there are flat bits too. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until May. Be the first to submit your climbing note! Miller Peak is a 3 mile moderately popular blue singletrack trail located near Teanaway Washington. The summit reaches to 9,700 feet and is one of just five mountains in Arizona with over 5,000 feet of prominence (a so-called "ultra" peak). The trail parallels Miller Creek, and for the first mile and a half, you’ll be right at the water’s edge. Miller Peak is an excellent, challenging day hike, which gains 3200 feet to the high point. Miller Peak is an ultra-prominent peak just north of the Mexico border. No vistas on the way (for as long as I was on the trail). Wind was blowing the whole time and the temp was in the high 40's at the top. Definitely not something I’ve experienced on other trails in AZ. You pass through desert, snow, and alpine on the journey. Fairly tough hike with a good amount of snow that made for some loose footing, especially toward the top. Bit windy up top but not too bad. Highly recommend yaktrax or trekking poles this time of year. Very steep elevation gains over the first and last miles. The trail was fairly overgrown and you will definitely be walking through some bushes and plants but it never got so bad you couldn't follow the path. From the big tree, the trail moves uphill and includes some minor switchbacks before crossing into the Coronado National Forest and the Miller Peak Wilderness. My Fun Meter is Pegged at Zero. Definitely be careful coming down with the rocks. There were also a lot of bugs when we went (Easter Sunday). View of the Stuart Range from Miller Peak. The last mile or so has lots of pine trees and nice shaded area. In spring, this hillside explodes with wildflowers. Miller Peak via Crest Trail Overview Miller Peak is located in the Huachuca Mountains which are found in Coronado National Forest, Miller Peak Wilderness, and partially inside Coronado National Memorial. Miller Peak, at 9466 feet, is the highest point in the Huachuca mountains - just a few miles from the Mexican border. Sky was overcast with very low ceiling, so I was in the clouds for the last 2 miles or so. YMCA camp for boys and girls with watersports, rock climbing, and equestrian programs. I think most people drive up Carr Canyon to Ramsey Campground and hike the Carr peak trail and cut down the ridge to Miller peak. Back Ground: Miller Peak: Elevation 9,466 feet high (Chiricahua Peak 9,759 feet highest in Cochise Countyty) Montezuma Pass: Elevation 6,575. The brushes can get tight so I recommend pants and a long sleeve shirt. The trail is very well maintained, Amazing views the entire way up, highly recommended, Great hike. People also just leave the bags on the side of the trail. The path transitions from the east side of the mountains to the west side, and the environment transitions from a high chaparral grassland, to a pine-forested sky island. The entire first quarter of a mile smelled like dog crap. Reach the junction with the Miller Peak spur trail 3.8 total miles from the trailhead. I live at 230ft MSL but found myself out in this area on work. Fans of Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain will love the delicious, seemingly endless, uphill workout … 210. 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