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Comfort Spring Carr Peak Loop, AZ
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Comfort Spring Carr Peak Loop, AZ 
Comfort Spring Carr Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2018
markthurman53
Hiking10.70 Miles 3,169 AEG
Hiking10.70 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   2.29 mph
3,169 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
The weather is getting warmer and time for me to switch from the Superstitions and find a new location to hike. The Huachuca Mountains were calling me again so I headed down there. It has been a few years since I was there hiking the Arizona Trail, so there are plenty of other trails to do. On this trip I decided to do the Comfort Spring, Hamburg and Carr Peak loop. I have seen multiple write-ups on this loop and it seems like a natural combination of trails. Also took a small excursion up to Carr Peak and the Old Sawmill Spring Trail.
I found the drive up Carr Canyon Road to be about as interesting as the hike. Quite a road going up the side of the mountain that would otherwise seem an unlikely place for a road. The road is narrow with lots of switch backs but I saw every kind of passenger car on this road, so 4WD and high clearance is not a requirement (at least when I went up). I started out on the Comfort Spring Trail which is a fairly easy walk with a little uphill section and a lot of gradual downhill to the Hamburg Trail. The one creek crossing on this trail which I am assuming is Carr Creek was flowing slightly and Comfort spring had about a gallon a minute flow. The Hamburg Trail is a steady uphill climb to the Crest Trail but seemed to go quite quickly. I can tell by the lack of pictures I took along this portion of the trail I was in the slow but steady mode till I got to the top. I love the views along the Crest Trail of the Santa Cruz Valley and also the ever present blimp above Fort Huachuca. A bit of trivia for those who remember the musical Oklahoma, The film location of the house in the movie was in the Santa Cruz Valley to the west of these mountains. The train depot was in Elgin. I had forgotten that the crest trail does some serious climbing to get up to the Carr Peak Trail, It wasn’t a terrible climb but when you’re expecting level walking it has a way of taking the wind out of your sails. I took an early lunch at the junction of the Crest Trail and Carr Peak Trail and for a half hour did nothing but eat and take in the views. The views don’t get much better than this. On the return trip down the Carr Peak Trail I took a side trip up to Carr Peak. Not a real impressive peak just a rounded knob of white limestone/marble stones or pebbles but the views are terrific. I could even see my jeep parked at the trail head below. All the mountains of southeast Arizona are visible (Maybe not all of them but more than I could name) and a few in Mexico. On the return trip down Carr Peak I took a side trip on the Old Sawmill Trail. Not a lot to see along this trail except Oak Grove Spring which had a trickle of water flowing. Got back to the trail head about 2:00 so I would have a little time to check out the Clark Spring and John Cooper Trails on the way down Carr Canyon Road.
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