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Miller Canyon to the Bathtub, AZ
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Miller Canyon to the Bathtub, AZ 
Miller Canyon to the Bathtub, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2016
rwstorm
Hiking9.12 Miles 3,708 AEG
Hiking9.12 Miles   8 Hrs   14 Mns   1.62 mph
3,708 ft AEG   2 Hrs   37 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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It's still Killer Miller

Decided to visit this old favorite, since it has been a couple years. The last time I made it all the up to the Crest Trail Junction was back in 2011, right after the Monument Fire. Back in the 1980's when I would occasionally hike up to Miller Peak (the fire lookout building was still up there then), I would usually go up via Miller Canyon. My goal today was to get to Bathtub Spring, which would provide a serious workout. I had no idea how I would do, since I couldn't even make it to Carr Peak earlier in the month. I have had some serious fatigue issues this year for some reason. Usually it is problems with my right knee that keeps me sidelined, but this year it's fatigue. Unbelievably, I had no fatigue issues and felt fine! What a relief. I even did some bushwhacking for awhile on the way up, which included some fairly serious scrambling in one place, as I attempted to improvise a way back to the main trail without backtracking. Given how steep and tough the hike is in this flood blasted canyon, I was overjoyed by how strong I felt. :D

I took a nice long break up in the green bliss by the bathtub, refilling my water bottles for the trip down. It was quite breezy up there with a chill in the wind as the Pacific trough that has shut down the thunderstorms temporarily passes through. I stayed completely on trail for the uneventful descent. This really is a steep and deep canyon. Very impressive. I didn't take a side trip over to where the Tombstone water works are located in the lower canyon, but I had recently read that they had removed the chain link fencing by the intakes. As I passed by on the trail, I didn't see any sign of fencing. I'll check next trip. There is one decent sized black plastic pipeline that was audibly carrying water in the canyon from an intake further upstream. More than likely it is part of the Tombstone operation. Also, there had been horses on the trail all the way to the Crest, so perhaps there was a BP horse patrol that went through.

This was a tough love kind of day: I didn't take any beer along, so none was waiting for me at the vehicle at hike's end. :o Not to worry, I decided to stop at Ricardo's, not too far from Miller Canyon along highway 92. I ate at this restaurant with my mom about 30 years ago. I have always known about their mediocre reviews. The original place burned down in the Monument Fire, but they rebuilt. Well, if you are thinking about hitting this place for good Mexican food, don't bother...it sucks. But, at least I enjoyed my Negra Modelo. ;)

Stopped at Circle K for gas and picked up a six pack of beer. Took the scenic way back home: headed west from Mustang Corners to Sonoita, then on toward Green Valley via Box Canyon Road. Pulled off at a nice spot along the road and enjoyed a cold one as the light faded in the western sky. :)
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bathtub (Tub) Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
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