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Carr Canyon Peak Loop, AZ
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Carr Canyon Peak Loop, AZ 
Carr Canyon Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2009
RedRoxx44
Hiking8.50 Miles
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This was supposed to be an "at home" weekend, but as the monsoon decided to show up after all, I couldn't stay in all weekend. Sat evening drove up the rocky narrow road toward Carr Peak, car camped in a saddle short of the top. Wonderful display of a large storm cutting loose over Sierra Vista. I hoped for rain overnight but just got lightning and thunder. Drove on up this morning and took off on the Carr Canyon trail, not signed but just follow signs toward Comfort Spring ( dry) and Hamburg trail toward Ramsey Canyon. You drop into Carr Canyon in mostly PJ terrain, at times some pines show up depending on what facing side you are.
In a couple of miles you intersect the Hamburg trail. It is shady and the sound of running water is welcome. It was clear early but now clouding up. The wilderness guides label the trail you take to the Crest as the Wisconsin Canyon trail but it is now labeled the Hamburg trail. Anyhoo, go to the Crest. You gain about 1000 feet in a mile, and it just follows the drainage, a few switchbacks near the top. This trail was not on my older Arizona TOPO program, but is a good trail. At Bear Saddle the clouds were low and the air dead still. I saw along the way intermittent trash from illegals.
Now take the Crest trail toward Miller Peak, a section of the AZT. Great views. The turn off to Carr Peak is poorly signed, you need to look at the peak and at a grassy saddle take a use trail toward Carr. Miller will be in front of you and Carr slightly behind you and to your left entering this saddle. The heavens dumped on me here, hailed pretty hard for a few minutes. The meadow area of an old burn was fantastic with wildflowers. Somebody needs to get up here soon ( Preston is one who comes to mind) as many types of flowers all mixed in, as well as great displays with many colors. White/yellow daisy's, lavender flowers of several shades and types, blue flowers, paintbrush, etc.
I didn't go to Carr Peak due to the lightning and thunder in the area. Of course by the time I got to the car the sun was out.
Nice to be above ground for a change.
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