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Miller Peak from Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2016
The_Dude
Hiking10.30 Miles 3,244 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   2.66 mph
3,244 ft AEG      54 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
I had to speak at a Horticulture conference on Thursday in Sierra Vista, so after I finished up some work remotely on Friday it was time for a hike. I made my way down to the Montezuma Pass TH and chatted with a few BP agents before starting off. I got started a bit after 10 a.m., weather was fantastic. Warm with a slight breeze, but not too windy as I had feared. This trail really kicked my :pk: . I am not sure if it was the elevation or me getting over the tail end of a sinus cold, but one way or the other I needed a few breaks on the way up. The trail is in great shape the whole way, and I did not see any trailside trash for the whole hike, so that was great. This was almost a tale of two hikes, the first two miles or so take you through some Oak and Sotol grasslands, but once you turn to the west you come into the former pine forest. There is extensive fire damage through this section on up to the peak. There are many Scrub Oaks helping in the recovery effort, but the pines are going to take a really long time to come back. I started coming across a few patches of snow on the north facing trails, certainly nothing crazy but just enough to make it fun. There was even some fresh snow on the peak spur that I got to put some virgin footprints into, very cool. I took a nice break up top for a sandwich and some Gatorade, then on back down the trail. I signed in at the summit log, even left a pen and what paper I had since it was pretty lightly stocked. I was keeping a good pace on the way back, knowing I had almost 4 hours of driving to get me home. I ran into 1 thru hiker, and 3 other day hikers on the trail so i got a good dose of solitude as well. Great views from the top! I got a different perspective on a number of mountains I am used to seeing from the north, and there is a good view into Mexico as well of course. Well worth doing again the next time I am down this way.
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