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Miller Peak from Crest Trail, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Sierra Vista
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 9.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,575 feet
Elevation Gain 2,885 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,956 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 7 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 24.38
Interest Peak
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Dogs not allowed
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15  2018-07-14 DarthStiller
8  2018-05-27
Carr Miller Pat Scott Peak Loop
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10  2018-05-27
Carr Miller Pat Scott Peak Loop
fricknaley
81  2016-12-14
Miller Carr and Calyx
AZHiker456
44  2016-10-02 mike85741
15  2016-07-16 Tortoise_Hiker
19  2016-03-11 The_Dude
21  2015-09-05
Crest - Miller - Bathtub
chumley
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Preferred   Apr, May, Sep, Oct → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:20am - 5:43pm
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Crest Trail #103
same trailhead
10.3 mi
3,931 ft
Coronado Peak Trail
0.0 mi away
0.9 mi
330 ft
Arizona Trail
Arizona Trail
0.1 mi away
755.0 mi
82,000 ft
Yaqui Ridge Trail
Yaqui Ridge Trail
0.7 mi away
1.0 mi
602 ft
Copper Canyon
Copper Canyon
1.2 mi away
Huachuca Mountains - AZT #1
Huachuca Mountains - AZT #1
1.2 mi away
20.6 mi
5,090 ft
Coronado Cave Trail
1.7 mi away
1.1 mi
475 ft
Joe
Joe's Canyon Trail
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3.3 mi
1,525 ft
Bob Thompson Peak
2.1 mi away
2.2 mi
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Lutz Canyon Trail #104
Lutz Canyon Trail #104
2.3 mi away
2.9 mi
2,749 ft
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One mile from Mexico!
by brianb

Miller Peak, at 9466 feet, is the highest point in the Huachuca mountains - just a few miles from the Mexican border. 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. And being so far south, the flora takes on a slightly more Mexican flavor.


This hike isn't at the very top of my list, but it's worth doing if you've 'been there and done that' everywhere else and want something new. There are a few other trails and peaks in the Huachucas, but if you're going to make the trip down there, I'd take this one, being the highest.

Perhaps the most unique feature of this hike is its wonderful collection of huge agave and yucca plants. Many already upwards of 15-20 feet tall in their adolescence (in early June), they should be spectacular in full bloom (July or August). The lower part of the trail was buzzing with the sound of cicadas. There are also some of the most impressive stands of Aspen trees that I've yet seen in southern Arizona. And the view from the summit is impressive indeed. You can see as far in all directions as environmental conditions will allow.

From the parking lot at the end of the long, winding gravel road, head straight across the road from the entrance to the lot and pick up the trail at the trail sign. The Crest Trail begins from a rather scenic saddle on the south side of the range and proceeds through dry, grassy slopes punctuated with the biggest yucca and agave plants I've ever seen. Then you emerge on the other side of the mountain, almost in the blink of an eye, under a canopy of pine trees. The reddish gravel trail (which is well defined and easy to follow) proceeds steadily up along the upper sides of the valleys towards Miller Peak, offering many nice views along the way. You'll wind your way amongst cacti, oak, pine and aspens around the north side of the mountain and up towards the summit. There is only one real intersection to watch for - 1/2 mile from Miller peak the trail splits off to your left (marked with plenty of signs) - follow the trail to the right up the last 1/2 mile to the summit. Enjoy the view and look around for the large clusters of ladybugs that frequent the summit.

brianb
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Coronado National Memorial NPS Reports The trailhead is across the road at the northeast end of the Montezuma Pass parking area. The trail climbs for 2 miles to the northwestern boundary of the Memorial. There it enters Coronado National Forest and continues along the crest of the Huachuca Mountains to the turnoff for Miller Peak, the highest peak in the Huachucas.
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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To Montezuma Pass Trailhead
Take I-10 east to highway 90 near Benson, AZ. Take 90 south to Sierra Vista (watch your speed on 90 and 92 - lots of speed traps...) Then take highway 92 south to Montezuma Canyon Rd. (just after you descend from the mountains to the west) at the sign for Coronado Nat'l Monument (watch carefully for the sign - the road is easy to miss). Take a right on Montezuma Canyon Rd. and follow it into the park. Keep driving past the end of the pavement and follow the winding, gravel road all the way to the top. Park in the paved lot at the top of the saddle - the trailhead is just across the road from the entrance to the parking lot.

2008-04-05 Update from cleoschyck: From highway 92, the road you will need to take is Coronado Memorial Drive-- take a right just about opposite Valley View Elementary School. A mile or so down Coronado Memorial Drive, the road hooks sharply right. This is the intersection with Montezuma Canyon Road, which you will follow to the paved parking lot at Montezuma Pass. A ramada and composting toilets are available at the parking lot.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 209 mi, 3 hours 39 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 100.0 mi, 1 hour 59 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 353 mi, 5 hours 58 mins
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