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Miller Peak via Miller Canyon, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Sierra Vista
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Difficulty 5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 10 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,800 feet
Elevation Gain 3,592 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,052 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 30.26
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Miller & Carr
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Miller & Carr Peaks - Huachucas
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20  2018-06-17
Lutz Miller Carr
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Lutz Miller Carr
33  2016-08-23
Miller Canyon to the Bathtub
8  2014-10-15
Miller Canyon Trail #106
33  2012-11-06 rwstorm
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Author fricknaley
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Seasons   Spring to Early Winter
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by fricknaley

Likely In-Season!
I've made my stance clear on the Huachucas before, there are positives and negatives. The positives always seem to win me over. Miller Peak with it's awesome panoramas is always worth the effort. It can be reached via Miller Canyon for a tough and rewarding climb.

The signed trailhead takes off right of the gravel road and starts climbing immediately. Within a quarter mile you see a signed intersection, keep going straight/left to Miller Canyon/Peak. There are plently of manzanitas along the way. Shortly thereafter a sign welcomes you into the Miller Peak Wilderness, with a nice view of Carr Peak. After about 2/3 mile there is another signed intersection for a short trail to another road, which breaks off to your left. Keep going straight. You may start to notice running water on your left, the lowermost drainage of Miller Canyon. It was running strong today from the recent rains.

In a touch over a mile the wide jeep track unexpectedly splits, and there is no sign to point the way. This is the only would-be route finding issue. Simply go right and climb. The track soon crosses over the creek bed, which now starts to fall away slowly to your right. There may or may not be water here, depending on when you go. Today there were little falls everywhere. This is forested and very pleasant. The sound of forcefully running water makes it even more so.

Just climb away for about another mile. About 2 miles in, there is a sign pointing you right to the Crest Junction (also called Bathtub Spring), which it says is 2 miles away. You cross over the creek drainage here and it's now on your left. You will start to gain altitude seriously now as you switchback up the wall of Miller Canyon. The creek drops farther away..only to come back later as you cross over it a couple more times. Every crossing is followed by climbing away. Finally, after about 3.25 miles you really do climb out of the canyon, which you can see severely cutting away below you. You can tell that you are coming to a saddle.

At 4 miles you reach the junction with the Huachuca Crest trail (103) which runs the length of the range. This is also a segment of the Arizona Trail. Hang a left here to Miller Peak, as the sign says (2 miles and some change). Immediately you come to Bathtub Spring, where there literally is a Bathtub spring. Keep going south along the crest trail. Sometimes this trail is nearly choked over with plants but it is well established. You cross over the head of Miller Canyon, which is sweet. There are also intermittently great views of Miller Peak ahead. Today it was wrapped in clouds and looked sinister. Would I make it? An amazing wildflower display and intermittent aspen stands encouraged me to try.

After about 1.5 miles on the Crest trail you come to signed intersection for the formal trail to Miller Peak (#105). This is to your left. I must say that the Crest trail was the cleanest I have ever seen it, essentially spotless and unbelievably pleasant.

Take the trail to the peak, about half a mile and 500 feet. It is no small last chore. However, the peak greets you with probably the best Sky Island summit view in southeastern Arizona (though others are very close). The threatening sky only added to the majesty. Take it in and head back the way you came.

In summer there is a good chance you will be racing the monsoons so plan accordingly. The sky looked horrible by the time I finished. Also, obviouly beware the border crossers. I saw none today, probably because it was a weekend? I don't know but you may want to consider climbing this one with a buddy. In other words, be smarter than me.

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2006-08-06 fricknaley
    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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    Miller Peak via Miller Canyon
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    Lutz Miller Carr
    Met up with Chumley, JJ & Carrie for a fun hike in the Huachucas. Chumley, JJ & myself met in Chandler and made the drive down and picked up Carrie in Tucson. From there we made the drive to the Lutz Canyon TH and started hiking around mid-morning.

    The Lutz Canyon Trail makes a steady and solid climb as it heads for the crest trail. It was a relatively cool day for mid June after some rain fell the previous day. Along the climb up we stopped to explore a mine shaft that was littered with garbage left by migrants. From there we grinded up the final mile to the Crest Trail where we took a short break. After that we continued on and topped out on Miller Peak. We took a short lunch break here and enjoyed the views.

    After Miller we continued north along the Crest Trail and took another short break by Bathtub Spring. We debated our options and decided to head for Carr Peak and I'm glad we did. The short detour took about an hour and this is another quality peak with excellent views! After Carr, we returned to Bathtub Spring and headed down Miller Canyon. The top part of this trail had some downed trees but it didn't last for long. Overall, this trail is in good condition. We eventually connected onto the Hunter Trail and were soon back on road. Once we hit the road, Chumley called an Uber. It took a few minutes to arrive but was well worth the wait. Chumley retrieved JJ's jeep and then played roundup. After that it was back to Tucson for dinner and then back to Phoenix.

    This was a really great hike with a fun group! I really enjoy the Huachucas and hope to make an annual return. It's a hearty drive from Phoenix but well worth the time. Thanks JJ for driving and thanks Chumley for organizing!

    Miller Peak via Miller Canyon
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    Lutz Miller Carr
    My first time in the Huahucas and this range exceeded my expectations! JJ, John, and Chumley picked me up in Tucson at 7:20 and we were on the trail at 9:02. The first ~4 miles up to the crest were a solid workout, especially with JJ setting the pace. Chloe, for one, was happy to reach the Crest Trail and be rewarded with lots of shade and a cool breeze. I was really impressed by the views from Miller Peak (I think I might actually prefer this peak to Wrightson! :o ). The next few miles between Miller and Carr were my favorite of the day: aspen grove, Bathtub Spring, big views of Miller and Carr along the crest, and even some early wildflowers. We didn't hang out on the top of Carr for long, as we still had ~9-10 miles to go. The hike down Miller Canyon and Hunter Canyon was pleasant and quick, except for the last mile or so when Chloe started feeling the heat and needed to take a few shade breaks.

    Big thanks to @JuanJaimeiii for driving and @chumley for planning the route and saving us a couple miles of hot road walking! And thanks to y'all for introducing me to an awesome new spot so close to Tucson. I'll definitely be planning a return trip to see those wildflowers!
    Miller Peak via Miller Canyon
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    Miller & Carr Peaks via Miller Canyon
    Daniela and I got started up the Miller Canyon trail, and were immediately caught up with a group of about 20 folks from Fort Huachuca. They started out fast, but within the first two miles, we had passed all but 4 of them. We had a snack at the bathtub, then headed over to Miller Peak. Lots of fog obscured our views on the way up, but the temps were pleasant.

    The 4 guys we hadn't caught up to yet were at the peak. They asked if we had seen the rest of their group, and we said we'd passed the last of them halfway up the canyon. After chatting for a minutes, we discovered that 2 of the group were Army, all the rest were Marines, and most of them were from North Carolina and not enjoying hiking at the higher elevation. I pointed out Carr and said that's where Daniela and I were headed next. The 4 seemed to catch their second wind, and decided to tack that on to their hike as well. On our way over there, we passed the rest of the group, who were still making their way over to Miller.

    Short break on Carr, as the wind was getting colder. It was nice to get back down into the canyon again and out of the wind. The hike back down was a little tough on the knees through the rockier parts, but a nice hike for the day.
    Miller Peak via Miller Canyon
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    I have no idea what would be a reasonable time for this trail but I would reserve at leat 5 or 6 hours (round trip from trail head to bath tub springs and back again). I was interested in taking pictures so I took ten hours since I stopped frequently. The colors were well worth the trip. Miller Canyon is a spectacular trail. Lots of running water and shade. At the end of the trail the elevation is 8500ft and there is a perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch next to bath tub springs.

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    To Miller Trailhead
    Drive south of Sierra Vista on AZ Highway 92 about 9 miles to the Miller Canyon Road (FR 56). Follow FR 56 to the parking area at the end of the road.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 199 mi, 3 hours 9 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 89.9 mi, 1 hour 38 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 343 mi, 5 hours 17 mins
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