Clark Spring Trail #124 and Hunter Trail #111 contours along the east slope of the Huachucas, connecting three of the major canyons that cut that side of the mountain range. By doing so, they not only provide alternate access to trails that lead into those canyons, but offer excellent opportunities in their own right for easy day trips along the lower slopes of the mountain range with scenic views of the San Pedro Valley and the mountains beyond. Hunter Canyon Trail begins at Kelly Spring and leads up and over a saddle into Miller Canyon. This trail offers good views of Miller Canyon, Miller Peak, the San Pedro Valley and the Mule Mountains near Bisbee. Along this part of the trail you’ll see evidence of the day when this area was humming with mining activity and literally crawling with miners. From the Hunter Canyon/Miller Canyon trail junction, you’ll have to follow Miller Canyon Trail #106 about a half mile down to the Clark Spring Trailhead. This trail contours around the mountain along a slope of granite gravel so loose you’ll feel like you’re traveling along the side of a huge sand dune. Ponderosa pines, junipers and oaks manage to cling to this steep, unstable slope helping to hold it in place. Good views of the sheer rock face of the Dragoon Mountains will catch your eye here. At Clark Spring there is cool shade, a good view of Carr Canyon and birdwatching worth bringing your binoculars for. The trail then enters Carr Canyon and ends at a trailhead on the Carr Canyon Road.
This 1.6 mile trail was heavily impacted by the Monument fire, and post fire flooding. In October 2011, NYC (Northwest Youth Corps) was able to maintain most of the trail. The trail area within the Miller Peak Wildereness is still in need of some work. The trail area outside the Miller Peak Wilderness is great for bikers.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.