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Lutz Miller Carr, AZ
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Lutz Miller Carr, AZ 
Lutz Miller Carr, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2018
chumley
Hiking16.08 Miles 4,897 AEG
Hiking16.08 Miles   6 Hrs   32 Mns   2.74 mph
4,897 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
As always, the Huachucas deliver! :y: I put together a loop of two trails I hadn't hiked, Lutz and Miller canyons, with the obligatory visits to Miller and Carr peaks. The cool weather was enjoyable, and yesterday's inch of rain was evident in the soft soil, but I was a bit disappointed not to find any running water. It's been so dry, that even an inch of rain produced no runoff and was just absorbed into the dry soil. Nonetheless, the forecast called for temps in the upper 60s along the crest and that sounded ideal to me. The southwesterly wind was even a bit chilly on the peaks, but you won't find me complaining about that in mid-June!

Bathtub spring was cold and clear, until Chloe decided to stir up the sediment while cooling herself off. We did a quick out-n-back to Carr before heading down Miller Canyon. I was disappointed not to find any running water in the upper stretches as I've seen it running here in summer before. We encountered another hiker at the mine site before continuing down this steep trail that cuts through a thickly vegetated canyon. There were two places where the water surfaced, but both would have been a challenging side trip to reach. It appeared there was quite a bit of mining history here and it would be easy to spend more time here exploring some of the side trails to historic sites.

Near the bottom of Miller Canyon, we crossed over on the Hunter Canyon Trail, where the afternoon sunshine and lack of tree cover began to take it's toll despite being only about 80 degrees. With 4.5 miles of road walking to complete a loop, and almost 15 miles in the book already, I summoned an Uber from Sierra Vista. It took about 20 minutes to arrive and in that time we had already covered a mile of the road walk, but it was money well spent and I was happy to get a ride back to the Jeep and save about 45 minutes or so of shade-free road walking (though JJ opted to keep hiking, because, well, he's JJ :) ).

Tacos in Tucson and a quick trip home. World Cup replays capped a damn good Sunday! :)
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bathtub (Tub) Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Full tub. Clear and cold. Dripping from the pipe.

dry Lutz Canyon Dry Dry

dry Miller Canyon Dry Dry
Two short sections along the Miller Canyon trail had running water. Otherwise it was dry and there was no water at any trail crossing.
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