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Miller Peak via Lutz Canyon Trail, AZ
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Miller Peak via Lutz Canyon Trail, AZ 
Miller Peak via Lutz Canyon Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2004
rwstorm
Hiking6.00 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
3,800 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I asked Renee if she would like to go up Miller Peak by a lesser used route. She was in, so it was off to Ash Canyon to do this one. Lutz is the northern branch of the canyon. She picked up a big chunk of quartz by the mine and carried that sucker all day long on the hike. :o (and no I didn't offer to put it in my pack :lol:) On the way back I wanted to make a lasso out of it by continuing on past the Lutz cutoff to a point along the Crest Trail above the South Fork of Ash Canyon. More than a decade previous I had done some gold panning down around Morgan Spring and found a use trail from there up to some claims at around the 7000 foot level, directly below the Crest Trail. I figured it would be a fairly easy bushwhack to there and pick up the old route again. It was, but we lost the route and ended up following the drainage back to Morgan Spring. This made it a very difficult day, as we were pretty tired by that point. Slow going in the drainage and dog tired, we trudged past all kinds of illegal's trash and even came across a dead bear cub (probably done in by ingesting plastic or something). I was too tired for a photo and we were focused on getting the bushwhack part over with. We eventually hit the old mining road in South Fork and dragged our way back to the vehicle. But hey, it was a great adventure! :)
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