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Middle Miller Canyon, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance Loop 8.96 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,391 feet
Accumulated Gain 539 feet
Avg Time One Way 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.76
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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15  2018-08-31 kingsnake
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 95
Routes 223
Photos 9,023
Trips 712 map ( 6,511 miles )
Age 59 Male Gender
Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep
Sun  5:35am - 7:28pm
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🔥 2019 Coldwater Fire16.8k
🔥 2016 Crackerbox Fire17.0 mi**
🔥 2011 Scout Fire7.4 mi*
🔥 2010 Bravo Fire3.3k
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Miller Canyon is a 14-mile canyon that flows downhill, north from the Mogollon Rim at High View Point to East Clear Creek, just downstream from C.C. Craigan Reservoir. Miller Canyon is bounded by Miller Ridge, Blazed Ridge, McCarty Ridge, and Battleground Ridge. FR 141H separates the 3.5-mile upper section from the middle section, while the junction with East Miller Canyon, separates the middle from the lower 6.0 miles.

Middle Miller Canyon is 4.5 miles of relatively easy canyon crawling. It is never more than 200 ft. deep. For the most part, it is higher and steeper on the east slope; lower and more moderate on the west. It is from 20-100 ft. wide at its bottom, with no major obstacles that require low crawling, or side-sloping a higher contour line. There is no tangled brush or grab & stabs.

When I was there a week after the summer monsoon, Middle Miller Canyon had lots of pooling, more in the northern half. The pools were 2-18" deep. There was a noticeable, but inaudible, trickling flow. Despite much elk sign -- both bones & scat --, the water looked pretty clear. Dozens of water crossings are required, and most can be done totally dry, though you may need to wade the larger pools.

Both east and west slopes have many draws, or other relatively easy egress points, if you want to cut the loop short, or in case of a flash flood.

The loop starts from the large grassy area/campground a mile north of FR 141H on FR 320. You can follow my route, or head across FR 320 straight at the obvious low area. Just follow that drawdown to FR 9350E. After 0.75 miles on the old forest road, drop down one of the draws to the canyon bottom. Follow the canyon bottom north for 4.5 miles to the junction with East Miller Canyon. If you follow my route, just before that junction, on the east slope, there is a steep 150 ft. tall draw that has a game trail up to FR 320. Then just follow the forest road back for 3.5 miles to the trailhead.

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2018-09-02 kingsnake

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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.

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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Phoenix, head north on AZ-87. (Alternately, take I-17 north, then AZ-260 east.) ~11 miles north of AZ-260, turn right onto FR 141. In 8.0 miles, turn left on FR 141H. FR 141H crosses Miller Canyon. In 2.4 miles, turn left onto FR 320. In a mile, there is a large grassy clearing on the right: Park there.
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