I decided to do a short day hike of the Miller Creek trail on Saturday, 12 Apr. The weather report had wind gusts up to about 30 mph, but I could not get out there on Sunday for the better weather. The trailhead is about 55 miles from my house in Hereford. In the old jeep that's about a 1.5 hour drive.
The day turned out to be really nice. I was on the east side of the Rincons and the wind was out of the west. From all the reports I have read, I did not expect to see many other hikers on the trail. The first hiker I met was a motivated backpacker that had spent 3 nights in the Rincons. He stayed in the Devil's Bathtub area and suggested it as a nice place to visit. The next hiker I met was a man that was nearly out of water - he had tried to make it to Rincon Peak but was not prepared for that distance. Making it to the peak is a fairly big task for a day hike - especially if you are as slow as me.
This is a fairly rough hike. There are sections that have great tread and some that are close to rock climbing. The trail is generally easy to follow, but there are sections that take a lot of concentration. The walk in the lower part of Miller Creek is a very nice walk that crosses the creek several times. The creek has a fair flow of water - that's surprising since we have had such a dry period.
This hike will remind you of being in the Cochise Stronghold or some parts of the Chiricahuas. It's a beautiful hike with a lot of potential for some great several day backpacking trips. The wildflower bloom was OK not great. It's just been too dry. I expected to see more wildlife but did not see much. A couple lizards and a flock of turkeys that had hi viz orange tags on their wings - my phone went dead and I did not get a picture.
Wildflowers ObservationLight There were a few wildflowers, but you had to look for them.