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The Best Hikes in Coronado National Memorial National Park

375 Triplog Reviews in the Coronado National Memorial National Park
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11.7 mi • 4,105 ft aeg
Signed up for the single Peak Challenge again this year, same as last year. Hiked up to the saddle with minimal rest stops. Made pretty good time, but my legs were feeling it. Took an early lunch break at the saddle before continuing the rest of the way, and that helped. It was quite windy at the saddle, and it got windier and windier the close we got to Carr Peak. I had to tighten up the chin strap on my hat to keep from losing it. But sorrow on the peak it wasn't windy at all. Just a pleasant light breeze. But wind was cranking as soon as we started down off the peak.

That 4 mile descent down Miller Canyon is a real bitch. Steep, rocky, and it seems to go on forever. I felt much better than last year when I had to stop many times on the way down just to make it. It also helped that I knew the trail which better prepared me mentally. But my knees were feeling it by the time I got to the bottom.

All in all a great day in the Huachuca Mountains. A very well organized event by the city of Sierra Vista. I will do it again next year for sure!
15.6 mi • 400 ft aeg
Grandview Fire Tower to Tusayan AZ
Jamie and I stationed our cars at GC fire tower and in Tusayan and picked up litter along this small section of the AZ Trail.
Actually not a lot of trash but it was a beautiful spring day!
Some wildflowers poking through.
Not too windy. Nice and warm out but not yet our version of "hot" (hot in Northern AZ is like...80?)

This section of the AZT is extremely easy to follow. There is one spot where we kept going straight for a spell before we realized the footprints were all gone :lol: so we turned back, found true trail and kept going.

Treated ourselves to WE Cook Pizza & Pasta post hike, met up some friends for hot tub afterward.

It's rough life y'all, but someone has to do it. 8)
16.2 mi • 6,750 ft aeg
Miller Canyon --> Crest --> Pat Scott --> Hamburg --> Crest --> Miller Canyon

Was the first car in the parking lot at 5:50, started hiking at 6am. At the Crest Trail by 8, where I startled ~8 deer not too far from Bathtub Spring. The last time I had hiked this stretch of the Crest Trail was a decade ago when I did the AZT, so I remembered the descent on the west side, but after that my memory was a blank. The stretch from the descent to Bear Saddle was a very pleasant surprise.

From Bear Saddle to Pat Scott was another pleasant surprise. Lovely tree cover and many great views to the west. I had some kind of game bird explode into flight nearly under my feet at one point. Too big to be a quail, but I don't think there are grouse in the Huachucas, so I don't know what it was.

Just before Pat Scott I passed 3 deer within 20 feet of the trail who couldn't have cared less about my presence. Even when I stopped to take a picture, they just continued eating while occasionally looking at me.

Pat Scott sees way less use than the Crest based on the trail condition. I knew the approximate distance of the loop I was doing, but I hadn't looked too closely at the elevation changes. Once I realized how much Pat Scott was dropping, I could tell Hamburg was going to be a fun climb. Sure enough, that's a steep one.

I had lunch at Bear Saddle. Windy with strong gusts, but just the right temperature in the sun. Some ravens showed up to play in the wind gusts doing barrel rolls and flips. I appreciate them giving me a show during my lunch.

Back up at the Crest, I stopped for a water break and noticed that someone had left an Evernew 2.0L bottle at the campsite where Carr & Crest split. It was very new, so I left it there in case they noticed later that day and came back, but that was probably quite the bummer for an AZT thru-hiker.

I thought about doing Carr Peak, but my legs had decided they had had enough AEG for the day. Next time.

As I started down Miller Canyon, I saw 4 people coming down the Crest trail from Miller. Those were the only people I saw all day. I have no idea how so few people were out hiking in the Huachucas on a Saturday with such perfect weather, but it worked out great for me.
11.83 mi • 4,630 ft aeg
My first time going up Miller Canyon trail. Quite the steep one. The gentle gain on the Crest Trail was a relief in comparison. Sunny and warm, but still a decent amount of ice/mud in the Crest Trail in places (which I'm sure was doubled by the storm a few days later).

I met a trio of women who were hiking the AZT (or at least a big chunk). One went up Miller Peak while the other two kept going. I know some people hike that way, but I've always found it odd to separate by big distances during the day. And the two who didn't head up to the peak missed out.
16.65 mi • 5,640 ft aeg
Starting at Montezuma Pass TH, going along the Crest Trail to Miller Peak, then along the Crest again to Carr Peak, and then all the way back to Montezuma Pass.

My first hike as a resident of the county. At the first overlook (not even .5 mi from the TH), a startled coati bolted through the tall grass into the nearby rocks. An auspicious start to living/hiking here.

Didn't see anyone else until I was on Miller Peak--two guys were on the far end of the southwest ridge that stretches away from the peak. Looked like hunters doing spotting prep work.

I hadn't been along the Crest from Miller to Bathtub Spring since I did the AZT a decade ago. Absolutely wonderful. The pine forests on the top of the sky islands really are God's country.

While I enjoy the "more open + tall grass + occasional pines" scenery that dominates after Bathtub Spring, it makes for much hotter hiking. The climb to Carr Peak was toasty.

On the way out, as I descended from the big juniper that's 2 miles from the TH, I kept hearing voices, so I assumed I would catch some hikers in front of me. I never caught them, but I kept hearing them. When I started looking hard, I realized there were 4 people doing a bushwhack straight down from the big juniper (where the Crest trail curves to the west of the canyon). They were maybe .5 mile down, and had quite a way to go through steep, rough country to reach the road at the bottom of the canyon. I hope they made it.
10.37 mi • 3,066 ft aeg
Mike and I got a late start but still managed to get this hike done while hanging out in Bisbee. Wonderful views and the trail is in great condition and effortless to follow. Certainly a good amount of gain and so many "drop-offy" areas to pay attention to. Mike is in recovery mode from a freak bike crash the day while we were biking in Rincon Valley before that left him impaled on a barrel cactus and pinned in an ocitillo but you would not have known by watching him climb this mountain! The needles in his leg will eventually pop out! Great hike but freezing at the top! Glad we did it!
16.08 mi • 4,897 ft aeg
Lutz Miller Carr
Met up with Chumley, JJ & Carrie for a fun hike in the Huachucas. Chumley, JJ & myself met in Chandler and made the drive down and picked up Carrie in Tucson. From there we made the drive to the Lutz Canyon TH and started hiking around mid-morning.

The Lutz Canyon Trail makes a steady and solid climb as it heads for the crest trail. It was a relatively cool day for mid June after some rain fell the previous day. Along the climb up we stopped to explore a mine shaft that was littered with garbage left by migrants. From there we grinded up the final mile to the Crest Trail where we took a short break. After that we continued on and topped out on Miller Peak. We took a short lunch break here and enjoyed the views.

After Miller we continued north along the Crest Trail and took another short break by Bathtub Spring. We debated our options and decided to head for Carr Peak and I'm glad we did. The short detour took about an hour and this is another quality peak with excellent views! After Carr, we returned to Bathtub Spring and headed down Miller Canyon. The top part of this trail had some downed trees but it didn't last for long. Overall, this trail is in good condition. We eventually connected onto the Hunter Trail and were soon back on road. Once we hit the road, Chumley called an Uber. It took a few minutes to arrive but was well worth the wait. Chumley retrieved JJ's jeep and then played roundup. After that it was back to Tucson for dinner and then back to Phoenix.

This was a really great hike with a fun group! I really enjoy the Huachucas and hope to make an annual return. It's a hearty drive from Phoenix but well worth the time. Thanks JJ for driving and thanks Chumley for organizing!

16.08 mi • 4,897 ft aeg
Lutz Miller Carr
My first time in the Huahucas and this range exceeded my expectations! JJ, John, and Chumley picked me up in Tucson at 7:20 and we were on the trail at 9:02. The first ~4 miles up to the crest were a solid workout, especially with JJ setting the pace. Chloe, for one, was happy to reach the Crest Trail and be rewarded with lots of shade and a cool breeze. I was really impressed by the views from Miller Peak (I think I might actually prefer this peak to Wrightson! :o ). The next few miles between Miller and Carr were my favorite of the day: aspen grove, Bathtub Spring, big views of Miller and Carr along the crest, and even some early wildflowers. We didn't hang out on the top of Carr for long, as we still had ~9-10 miles to go. The hike down Miller Canyon and Hunter Canyon was pleasant and quick, except for the last mile or so when Chloe started feeling the heat and needed to take a few shade breaks.

Big thanks to @JuanJaimeiii for driving and @chumley for planning the route and saving us a couple miles of hot road walking! And thanks to y'all for introducing me to an awesome new spot so close to Tucson. I'll definitely be planning a return trip to see those wildflowers!
16.08 mi • 4,897 ft aeg
Lutz Miller Carr
I got an invite to go along with Chulmley, 9L, and Carrie Jane on Saturday night. I didn't have anything concrete planned so a trip back to the Huachuca's sounded pretty good. I met John and Chums at a little after 6am in Chandler and we were off. We picked up Carrie Jane and her dog Chloe in Tucson off of Orange Grove (Nick's favorite) in Tucson. About 9am we started our hike up the Lutz Canyon Trail. It was a perfect day in terms of weather. It had rained just enough the day prior to cool things off and make the ground damp but not muddy. There are some old mining relics at about the 2.25 mile spot and then shortly thereafter there is a huge mine tunnel. It must go back 500-600 feet. Based on the truck loads of debris inside this was or still is a stop over point for migrant travel. Water bottles, blankets, discarded backpacks, and metal food cans litter the floor. If large garbage bags were used to clear it, it is hard to say how many loads it would take to remove all the debris. I would guess this was the last stopping point for several who made a long journey in hopes of finding a better life.

On we went after exploring for 10 to 15 minutes and before long we were up on the Crest Trail. From there our first destination was Miller Peak. The trail in the canyon and on top is in great shape so we made good time. The views into Mexico and of the surrounding area are always spectacular from Miller. We kicked back up top and Chumley revealed that Mexico had just beat Germany in the World Cup.

Onward to our next destination which would be Carr Peak. Carr also delivers great views and on this occasion the one looking back at Miller was especially good. The shadows from the clouds above gave it a cool and inviting look. Our stay on Carr wasn't as long as Miller however it was long enough to really enjoy it as well. Then we backtracked towards Bathtub Spring and then descended down Miller Canyon. This was my first time on this trail and it didn't disappoint. I think it is pretty hard to go wrong with anything in the Huachuca's. Finally we took the Hunter Canyon trail over to our exit point. From here we road walked for about a mile to where Chumley had an Uber pick him up and shuttle him the last 3.5 miles back to the Jeep. He returned to pick us all up and our enjoyable journey through the Huachuca's came to an end.

It was great seeing John and Chumley again and nice to finally meet Carrie Jane. Oh yeah and Chloe too! Good times!
18.57 mi • 5,460 ft aeg
Carr Miller Pat Scott Peak Loop
the huachucas have been calling my name and i wanted to get down there before any potential forest closures. i figured there was a good chance of luring the Good Count Tacula down south too!

picture perfect day in every way. we banged out a big high country ramble. the carr/miller combo is always amongst my favorite sky island experiences. we solved the pat scott peak issue by just doing them both :lol: . the trip down pat scott canyon was an unexpected wonderland of shade, big trees and even some water and flowers.

perfect day up there. thanks for coming down JJ :y:
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