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Miller Canyon - AZT #27 - Crackerbox, AZ
mini location map2020-08-08
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Miller Canyon - AZT #27 - Crackerbox, AZ 
Miller Canyon - AZT #27 - Crackerbox, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking13.42 Miles 1,305 AEG
Hiking13.42 Miles   6 Hrs   3 Mns   2.42 mph
1,305 ft AEG      30 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
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To get to my start, I traveled in on the Rim Road, to FR 320A. The length of my hike hike today was dependent on how far I could get in on the FR. Success, all the way to the end with NP. Nice camp spot where I parked.

I hiked CW down into Miller Canyon heading towards East Clear Creek. Miller has pockets of water, but the farther you got down canyon, the water disappeared. This is the easiest canyon on the rim I've hiked in. I kicked up on good sized bull elk in velvet along the way.

Up the good ole' AZT to get back on top. The road portion of it drug on for awhile. I broke it up by exploring down FR9709Y to find a vantage spot for my lunch. It looked back down into Miller Canyon.

Back on AZT single track, I made my way to the drop into Crackerbox Canyon. The last 100' into the canyon was a bit of a pucker, but follow those elk trails and they'll eventually get you down.

Crackerbox Canyon was the gem of this hike. Clean water, flowers, greenery and flowers everywhere. I'll come back to this one. Some obstructions, but simple to maneuver around.

Once I hit East Miller, I made the climb back to my car.

On the way out, I took 141H, to 141. A bit longer by a few miles, but smoother and less yahoos than FR300.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Crackerbox Canyon Light flow Light flow
Lots to filter

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max East Miller Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Scattered pools

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Miller Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Mostly scattered pools from previous rains
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