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Mar 16 2019
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Miller Peak from Crest TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking14.86 Miles 3,076 AEG
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Miller Peak was part of our AZT Passage 1 hike and my triplog is the Miller Peak portion copied from my Passage 1 triplog.

March 16, 2019: Left Bisbee around 6:30 am and drove to Montezuma Pass Overlook. Started hike at about 7:30 am with wild whipping winds & very cold temps (temp was around 38-40 deg but wind chill made it much colder). Luckily the wind died down quickly as we headed North and up the mountain. Pretty steady incline immediately and for the next few miles until Miller Peak TH intersection. Took a few short breaks and one probably 15 min break just before the snow got serious on the trail. Snow started about 0.3 mile before Miller TH. Was icy & slick in some places, easy in others. We made the extra 0.5 mile hike up to Miller Peak & it was so worth it! Incredible views above the clouds. We met a couple guys day-hiking to Miller and a group of maybe 6 people through hiking the AZT.
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 Mesa, AZ
Miller Peak from Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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DarthStiller
Hiking9.70 Miles 3,088 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.85 mph
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After running from an early afternoon storm the day before, I was hoping an earlier start on the trails today would help me avoid the rains. No such luck. On the drive to the Montezuma trailhead, the sky was full of low hanging clouds. Once I was at the trailhead, many little cells of rain were visible throughout the desert. This made me kind of nervous, but I figured as long as I didn't hear thunder, I was good.

This actually turned out very well. The clouds rolled in as I ascended, and in some spots were pretty dark and threatening looking. But the only time I heard any thunder was on my way back down, and it was pretty timid, and only a couple times.

The rain started to hit just before I reached the Miller Peak Trail, and remained pretty steady until I was about 1.5 miles from the trailhead. I dont think the temperature ever got over 70 during the entire hike. It was actually kind of chilly at times with the rain and wind. I think because of the cold, that helped with the lack of thunder and lightning.

I made it to the peak in 3 hours flat, which surprised me. The trail has a few steep sections, but mainly an even grade, and not too many loose rocks or big steps. The higher elevation didn't affect me as much as I thought it would. I think the hike the day before reaching 6800' and the adrenaline of wanting to avoid lightning helped me in that regard. Although, just about at 9000' the trail does get steep, and for a minute that did hit me. But I was still able to keep a steady pace, if a bit slower.

When I arrived at the peak, I was expecting it to be a false summit. I wasn't really sure if I was there, and with the visibility being zero, that also made it hard to tell. I was just surprised I was there so quickly (by my standards).

The rain picked up on the way down, and eventually I put on my rain jacket, more for some warmth as the wind picked up. My camera lens got smudged from the rain and there was no drying it, so after the peak, not many pictures. Not that much was visible anyway.

Obviously had the trail to myself the entire time. Finished just before noon, ate lunch again at the Montezuma Trailhead, then headed back to the hotel for some rest and a hot shower.
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JuanJaimeiii
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Carr Miller Pat Scott Peak Loop, AZ 
Carr Miller Pat Scott Peak Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking18.57 Miles 5,460 AEG
Hiking18.57 Miles   7 Hrs   27 Mns   2.53 mph
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This one was the good Doctors idea. I took off on Saturday and drove down through Nogalas, then ate dinner in Cananea and then up to Sierra Vista. Nick met me that morning at the hotel and we car pooled together up to the Old Sawmill Trailhead. We pretty much had perfect weather all day and this is always a great place to hike. First up was Carr Peak, then over to Miller and from there we headed over to Pat Scott. Nick said there was some controversy as to which peak was the true Pat Scott so we hit them both. As it would turn out there was a
"Sky Island Summit Challenge" there yesterday. Looks like we missed the crowds and had our own Summit Challenge. The hike down Pat Scott Canyon is always great and today was no exception.

Huge thanks to Nick for calling this one out. Was a great day to be in the Huachucas! :y:
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Carr Miller Pat Scott Peak Loop, AZ 
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Hiking18.57 Miles 5,460 AEG
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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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Sky Islands Summit Challenge, AZ 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking19.60 Miles 5,800 AEG
Hiking19.60 Miles   9 Hrs   23 Mns   2.50 mph
5,800 ft AEG   1 Hour   33 Mns Break
 
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This was a hiking event organized by the City of Sierra Vista. Participants in this event had 3 options: hike to Carr Peak only; hike to Miller Peak and Carr Peak; or hike to Pat Scott Peak, Carr Peak, and Miller Peak. Miller Peak(9,466'), Carr Peak(9,220'), and Pat Scott Peak(8,700') are the 1st, 2nd, and 4th highest peaks, respectively, in the Huachuca Mountains. I naturally opted to hike to all 3 peaks.

This was a neat event, and at 19.6 miles and an AEG of 5,800', the hike was a buttkicker, at least for me. The hike started at the Ramsey Canyon Conservancy; went up the Hamburg Trail; then to the Pat Scott Canyon Trail; then off-trail to the summit of Pat Scott Peak; then on the Crest Trail to the Carr Peak trail to the Carr Peak spur trail which went to the summit of Carr Peak; then back to the Crest Trail to Bathtub Spring, and the route continued on the Crest Trail to the Miller Peak spur trail which went to the summit of Miller Peak; then back to Bathtub Spring, from which we went down the Miller Canyon Trail to the Miller Canyon TH, which completed the hike.

There were nice 360 degree views from the top of each of the 3 peaks.
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May 28 2017
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Miller Peak from Crest TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking9.91 Miles 3,180 AEG
Hiking9.91 Miles   5 Hrs      2.29 mph
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We spent the night in a hotel is Sierra Vista and took our time in the morning. I thought we had a relatively easy hike to Miller Peak. We made the drive to Montezuma Pass and started hiking around 9:40am. It was a lot hotter than I anticipated. The heat was going to make for a tough hike.

The Crest Trail is in great condition but makes a hardy ascent over the first two miles. We made a steady pace as the sun beat down on us. After an hour we reached the Miller Peak Wilderness and started the traverse through the burn section. This area has no shade whatsoever. The good thing is the grade lets off a bit and our pace quickened. After another mile or so we entered a shaded forest and this was a welcome sight. It was much cooler and the shade went a long way. It seemed like Miller Peak was miles away but the last mile flew by and we topped out around 12:15pm.

Once up top we took a long break on Miller Peak. The views are epic and you can see for at least 50 miles in all directions. I’ve heard some reports say you can see up to 100 miles on a clear day. I would believe it. We took our lunch and took a variety of pics. We had the summit to ourselves which was a treat. Once we had our fill we started our descent. Going down was much easier. On the way we saw two people that hiked up the Lutz Canyon Trail. They were taking a break drinking a beer. From there we headed down and hit cruise control. Claire ran out of water with two plus miles to go. I still had plenty so I shared with her. We continued on and caught up to a family of four near the trailhead. We saw a total of six people on this hike. We arrived back to the jeep around 2:30pm and had to hydrate. I wish I carried another liter on this hike. Luckily it wasn’t a big deal.

This is just an okay hike. Most of the hike is kind of boring. The top mile through forest is the best part & the views from Miller make it all worthwhile. I recommend starting early to beat the heat and carry more water than you think you’ll need.
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Miller Peak from Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking9.91 Miles 3,180 AEG
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We set our sights on this one since its the highest peak in the Huachucas. The trail starts off with exposed high dessert so we took a few breathers in the shade when we could find it. Eventually the desert trail gives way to pine trees and even some aspen. At one point we saw a hang glider gliding overhead which was pretty neat. We hit the summit without having seen another person and enjoyed the views- Huachuca range on one side and Mexico on the other. After I enjoyed a summit beer and the photo ops we started our descent. Passed a few people on the hike down and otherwise enjoyed an uneventful hike. The hike down was so quick and mindless I could have jogged it with proper trainers. Instead I occupied my time coming up with ideas for things to brew. Headphones would have been nice otherwise.

I thought this was a decent hike. Pretty easy miles for a great summit views if you are into that sort of thing :D. Sometimes mindless easy miles feel pretty good ~^^
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Miller Carr and Calyx, AZ 
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Hiking13.64 Miles 4,609 AEG
Hiking13.64 Miles   8 Hrs   3 Mns   1.82 mph
4,609 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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The past week has been very warm in Southern AZ relative to the previous several weeks, and I haven’t been the only one soaking up the sunshine at the lower altitudes. After encountering bees on all three 6,600’+ summits I bagged this past Saturday in the Whetstones, I decided to set the bar a little higher this time, [and capitalize on the warm spell], by knocking off one of my few remaining ‘big-gun’, Southern Arizona bucket-listers: none other than highpoint of the Huachucas, [aka Miller Peak].

In first researching route options [over a year ago], the myriad of different approaches / THs for accessing this peak has always impressed me, [and always made me feel torn in terms of what to go for first]. However, after moving to Elgin and researching the options in more detail, the decision became an easy one: I’d approach via the Oversite Canyon TH / Oversite Canyon Trail #112, which is located on the much more remote, SW part of the range.

The plans were as follows:
1. Launch from the Oversite TH on the Oversite Canyon Trail #112;
2. Shortly thereafter, depart from the Oversite Canyon Trail #112 and bushwhack up to the Arizona Trail in a much more direct line toward Miller Peak compared to the roundabout way that the trail goes;
3. Bag Miller Peak; [which from this point would be via the Arizona Trail #103 followed by the Miller Peak Trail #105];
4. Bag Carr Peak; [take the Miller Peak Trail #105 off Miller Peak, reconnect with the Arizona Trail #103 heading NW, pick up the Carr Peak Trail #107 by Bathtub Spring, followed by the short little spur trail marked #108 up to Carr Peak];
5. Bag Granite Peak [retrace steps from Carr Peak back to Bathtub Spring, then continue NW on the Arizona Trail #107 for a little over a mile; at which point depart from the trail and bushwhack up to Granite Peak… which looked to be extremely easy… provided that the topo maps didn’t ‘generalize’ the contours…];
6. Return via the Ida Canyon Trail #110 or the Oversite Canyon Trail #112;
7. If time permitted, bag Sutherland Peak

I did not expect to get through everything; but personally, I like to have extra planned out vs not enough; and I’m extremely glad I took the time to draw up some very good route options / back-up options… Route Scout topo was completely nonfunctional on this one, and the old fashion / ‘line-of-sight’ method would not have been particularly helpful either [it was typically either crystal clear where to go or not clear at all]. Having topo contours would definitely have come in handy; but even with just the routes/waypoints I’d drawn up pre-hike, Route Scout still exceeded expectations and allowed me to pull off an epic adventure.

Items #1-4 were executed almost exactly as planned. With boulder crags abound, the bushwhack up from Oversite Canyon to the AZ Trail had the potential to go bad at several points; but from a route finding perspective proved exceptionally smooth. I followed some routes out of Oversite Canyon and pretty much had routes the entire way up to the AZ Trail [which ranged from faint animal routes during some stretches and full out human / “International” routes during other stretches].

Frustratingly, what should have been a wicked fun bushwhack ascent proved to deliver quite a beating. Relative to the “R-” and “X-”rated bushwhacks I did earlier this year in the Chiricahuas, I would have given this bushwhack a rating of “PG”…. yet thanks to the pumpkin-up equilibrium impairments that have not resolved, it proved to be a bit of a battle, which ended with me getting battered far worse than on some of my ‘X-rated’ Chiricahua bushwhacks. It’s one thing to take a beating while negotiating truly difficult terrain, but after experiencing the following as a directly result of my pumpkin-up equilibrium - gashing open my knee during a basic bouldering maneuver, taking a direct hit to my eye by a branch in a NON-brushy area, and smashing my head against rock, [among other more minor assaults] – I wasn’t in a very pleasant mood by the time I finally reached the AZ Trail.

After reaching the AZ Trail, I picked up the pace [but nothing that I thought was too fast], and heard some backpackers exclaim as I passed by, “Wow, you are cruising like a ninja” [or something to that effect]. It lifted my spirits a little to know that all was not lost, and I started to feel better after reaching the summit of Miller Peak and enjoying the beautiful views… but then I took a step closer to see what the deal was with this “pit” on top of the peak that everyone was throwing cans / bottle into. There are some mid-large sized rocks that people have placed by the edge of the pit and [thanks to my pumpkin-up equilibrium yet again], I tripped over one of them. Fortunately, my ability to recover while flailing through mid-air is not impacted by the equilibrium issues; but the acting of recovering, [and literally not landing in such a way where I’d break an ankle/knee or end up in the pit] unfortunately took all of my focus……………. and the split second before my foot reconnected with the ground, I realized that my body was headed straight for the rocks surrounding the summit register. I attempted to shift my weight, but it was too late, and somehow during the landing process, [either one of my legs brushed the glass register into a boulder or perhaps it was when I used the rocks supporting the register to spring toward solid ground], the glass jar shattered.

I was beyond furious at how my handicap was directly responsible for destroying something that is special to so many, and I did my best to make amends, first using some choice words directed toward myself, acknowledging that I was the one who broke the register when I signed the log, then donating my trusty carrying case that housed my tweezers & headlamp as the new register and further wrapping that in a poncho I had in my pack. All paper and all writing implements that were in the glass register actually fit perfectly; but it was still very frustrating… the new “register” is not as secure from a waterproof standpoint, and until it is replaced by a better container, whoever signs will need to wrap it with care to ensure that it stays waterproofed.

Although I made the summit of Miller Peak in just 4.55 miles, my time to summit [3 hr 37 min] was extremely slow due to the bushwhack in combination with my equilibrium impairments, and as I departed from Miller Peak I wondered whether I’d even have time for Carr, let alone the other two. Luckily the Arizona Trail between Miller Peak and Carr Peak was very fast; and with some snow that was firmly packed between the gaps of the rocks, [but not so firm as to be slippery], it was really smooth sailing. Once on the Carr Peak Trail, there were a few places where I was able to cut some switchbacks / head ‘as-the-crow-flies’ over terrain that was good enough to allow me to both cut off distance AND save time. I thought the views from Carr Peak were much better than the ones from Miller, but both were very nice… however, neither can hold a candle to anything I’ve summited in the Chiricahuas and/or Pinalenos! As for a register, I did not see one at all on Carr Peak. Had it not been so late in the day, I would have easily stayed another hour on Carr Peak [and Miller as well]. With awesome views, unbeatable temps, and no bees, both were very pleasant summits. However, it was just after 3 PM by the time I departed from Carr, and it was a good 5-6 miles back to the Oversite TH.

Ironically, no sooner did I dismiss the idea of going for a 3rd summit do I find myself atop the unofficially named Calyx Peak. I’d started to come off Carr but instead of heading Southward [back down to Carr Peak Trail #107], I decided to stay on the ridgeline that heads due West of Carr Peak. I’d been eyeing this ridgeline earlier as I approached Carr Peak. Although parts of it looked craggy, I didn’t see anything that would prevent me from exiting this ridgeline and banking back down to the Carr Peak Trail #107 if the going got slow. About 1/2 mile from the summit of Carr Peak as I crested a ‘bump’ on this ridgeline, I encountered a metal rod near the highpoint, which was supporting a small wooden sign that had the words “CALYX PEAK” carved into it. Ironically, I thought the views from Calyx Peak were even been that from Carr.

The ridgeline from Carr to Calyx – and then onward from Calyx back to the Arizona Trail, [which ended up being almost another mile] – was extremely well routed. Even with my equilibrium being markedly worse on the type of terrain I encountered during this hike, I was able to go relatively fast on this ridgeline, enjoy myself on the off-trail, and not take any further unnecessary ‘beatings’. It would have been nice to explore more but I knew that even if with a very fast trail, this adventure was going to end in a race with the setting sun.

A little over 1/2 mile after reconnecting with the Arizona Trail #103, I reached the junction for the Oversite Canyon Trail #112 [my exit trail]. The HAZ Description for this trail rated it a 1 in terms of the Route Finding, and this was very helpful in planning my route. Aside from a very short overgrown section where the trail does some switchbacks before reaching a spring at the upper end of the Canyon, the going was quite fast and the route was extremely obvious. It proved to be the perfect exit trail… I have horrible night vision, [in terms of hiking in the dark], and I reached my vehicle at 5:47 PM without needing to reach for my headlamp or flashlight; enough said!
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Miller Peak from Crest TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking9.60 Miles 2,956 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   8 Hrs      1.48 mph
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I believe the peak here was the highest elevation I've ever hiked to, but certainly not the highest in terms of elevation GAIN. This is one of the highest peaks in Southern Arizona, actually slightly higher than Mt Wrightson, but it's quite a bit easier. At a distance of roughly 10 miles, and 3,000 feet of elevation gain, it's almost exactly the same distance as Mt Wrightson but 1,000 feet less in elevation gain. It was possible to see the border fence (just over 1 mile away from the trailhead) from a good portion of this hike. We walked through fields filled with MILLIONS of yellow flowers and saw areas with a lot of burned trees, possibly due to a lightning strike. The trail was pretty clear the entire way to the peak. There were dark clouds above us at the peak and it started pouring rain right as we were 10 feet from the parking lot !! Luckily we were able to get shelter at the parking area while we waited for our driver (AKA "abandoned" hiker) to return 20 minutes later!
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Miller Peak from Crest TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking10.60 Miles 2,956 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   2.88 mph
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The key for me is to hit the trail early. It's a higher trailhead but still gets warm on the bottom half this time of year. I hit the trail around 5:30. It was a little overcast with a slight breeze. Starting early kept me on the shady side for the first two miles. The next mile your over the saddle to the sunny side. Mile four and five are back on the shady side. The clouds helped me out on the summit along with a nice breeze. Mile two and four were the tougher miles with more climb than the rest. Nice landscape diversity. It gets greener and cooler all the way up with a few flowers here and there. The views were awesome. The trail is in good shape with no trees to climb over. This allows you to make good time on the way down after dragging on the way up :sweat: . This one was very enjoyable for me. :D
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Apr 23 2016
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Miller Peak via Joe's Canyon, AZ 
Miller Peak via Joe's Canyon, AZ
 
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Hiking16.30 Miles 4,880 AEG
Hiking16.30 Miles   7 Hrs   3 Mns   2.81 mph
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Finally got around to this one. Route Manager projected 5000ft AEG but my track came up a little short. :-({|=

Hit the road at a quarter to 4am. Stopped in Tucson for breakfast and made it to Coronado's visitor center by 8am. Poked around for a little bit and hit the trail 20 minutes later. Joe's Canyon was a great choice - beautiful views of the Huachucas and Mexico.

The views never let up along the Crest Trail and neither did the wind, especially higher up. I only spent 10-15 minutes on Miller because it was under constant barrage. When I stood up to move to a different spot, I was promptly knocked over. :lol: Of all the mountain ranges in the area, my eyes were continually drawn to Sierra San Jose in Mexico (the pointy one to the southeast).

Took a few minutes back at Montezuma Pass to air out my socks. The wind came back with a vengeance on Joe's Canyon. It did a great job of keeping the bugs, heat, and monotony at bay throughout the day. I'll take it over those three any time. Made a stop at El Guero Canelo for some Sonoran Dogs on the way home - always a good choice.
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Mar 11 2016
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Miller Peak from Crest TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking10.30 Miles 3,244 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   2.66 mph
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I had to speak at a Horticulture conference on Thursday in Sierra Vista, so after I finished up some work remotely on Friday it was time for a hike. I made my way down to the Montezuma Pass TH and chatted with a few BP agents before starting off. I got started a bit after 10 a.m., weather was fantastic. Warm with a slight breeze, but not too windy as I had feared. This trail really kicked my :pk: . I am not sure if it was the elevation or me getting over the tail end of a sinus cold, but one way or the other I needed a few breaks on the way up. The trail is in great shape the whole way, and I did not see any trailside trash for the whole hike, so that was great. This was almost a tale of two hikes, the first two miles or so take you through some Oak and Sotol grasslands, but once you turn to the west you come into the former pine forest. There is extensive fire damage through this section on up to the peak. There are many Scrub Oaks helping in the recovery effort, but the pines are going to take a really long time to come back. I started coming across a few patches of snow on the north facing trails, certainly nothing crazy but just enough to make it fun. There was even some fresh snow on the peak spur that I got to put some virgin footprints into, very cool. I took a nice break up top for a sandwich and some Gatorade, then on back down the trail. I signed in at the summit log, even left a pen and what paper I had since it was pretty lightly stocked. I was keeping a good pace on the way back, knowing I had almost 4 hours of driving to get me home. I ran into 1 thru hiker, and 3 other day hikers on the trail so i got a good dose of solitude as well. Great views from the top! I got a different perspective on a number of mountains I am used to seeing from the north, and there is a good view into Mexico as well of course. Well worth doing again the next time I am down this way.
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Miller Peak via Miller CanyonTucson, AZ
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Hiking14.50 Miles 4,539 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   1.59 mph
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Miller then Carr on New Years Eve. I was circled repeatedly by a light aircraft in the early AM, then enjoyed the view of the surveillance blimp once out of the canyon. Spooked a roadrunner around 9000ft on Carr. My third P5K in 11 days.
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Crest - Miller - Bathtub, AZ 
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Hiking14.04 Miles 4,231 AEG
Hiking14.04 Miles   6 Hrs   36 Mns   2.57 mph
4,231 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break
 
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JuanJaimeiii
JJ and I had plans that overlapped, so we met up at Montezuma Pass at about 7 for a Huachuca Saturday. I was just going to do the 10 mile Miller Peak out-n-back while JJ had some kind of crazy plan in mind for himself.

So much for my pleasant hike! JJ had me going at an uphill pace that is a little out of my comfort range. Somewhere along the line he asked me what my plans were for the rest of the day. That was a reasonable question since it was now obvious I would be done around noon. :o

We parted ways at the Miller Peak turnoff. I quickly headed up to the summit and after some consideration decided to continue on the crest rather than heading back down right away. I proceeded past Bathtub spring and up to the Carr trail junction before turning back. On the return, I headed down Miller Peak trail a short distance to investigate some running water I had heard. Sure enough, a beautiful running creek with cascades and small pools presented itself just a couple hundred yards below the Crest Trail junction.

I returned the way I came, enjoying all the flowers, and spectacular clouds all over the mountain. There was a sign for Miller Spring, but I didn't feel like looking for it, despite not being on the map. I turned the old sign at Trail 112 and Bond Spring since it was pointing uphill rather than the correct west/downhill direction. Hopefully that hasn't previously caused problems for anybody!

Though the descent is easier than climbing, the mileage got to me a bit and I was pretty tired when I got to the TH. I left a note for JJ and headed for Mexico. Sure enough he was only about 15 minutes behind me when I got to the border despite his extra mileage!

Thanks for the company and for making me run up the hill at breakneck speed. ;)
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Great color all over the mountain!

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Slow drip, but tub is full and clear
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Aug 29 2015
GrottoGirl
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44 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Carr-Miller Combo, AZ 
Carr-Miller Combo, AZ
 
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GrottoGirl
Hiking12.20 Miles 3,374 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles
3,374 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Floridasunshine
MyJoseph
Pivo
RedwallNHops
Did Carr and Miller peaks. The flowers were AWESOME!!!!
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Wildflowers Observation Extreme

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Aug 29 2015
RedwallNHops
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44 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Carr-Miller Combo, AZ 
Carr-Miller Combo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2015
RedwallNHops
Hiking12.20 Miles 3,374 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles
3,374 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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Floridasunshine
GrottoGirl
Pivo
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Wildflowers Observation Extreme
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Mar 21 2015
tjewkes67
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49 male
 Joined Mar 22 2015
 cochise
Miller Peak from Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2015
tjewkes67
Hiking9.60 Miles 2,956 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   6 Hrs   26 Mns   1.77 mph
2,956 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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1st trip
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Oct 14 2014
BenTelly
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38 male
 Joined Sep 30 2014
 Borderlands, AZ
AZT - Passages 1-2-3, AZ 
AZT - Passages 1-2-3, AZ
 
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BenTelly
Backpack60.00 Miles 9,790 AEG
Backpack60.00 Miles3 Days   3 Hrs      
9,790 ft AEG
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1st trip
This was a great solo trek - my first big undertaking of the AZT, completing passages 1, 2, 3 and a bit of 4. Water was plentiful in springs and washes. Leaves were changing, aspens up high and sycamores and cottonwoods at mid-elevations. Temps were nearly perfect. A great time to do these 3 (and a bit more) passages. Water was not an issue - as I mentioned - and good clean water in the springs/washes was easily found on most sections of the trail. Passage 3 - Canelo Hills West - was a bit difficult to navigate due to the flooding this monsoon season. Sections of the trail are just not there anymore and illegal trails can easily be mistaken for AZT right-of-ways. All part of the glorious adventure. Passage 3 is also home to many trailside cat-claw acacia, pants or brush gaters are a must. Read on ---

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Up and over the highest peaks of the Huachucas escorted by the chortles and croaks of my friends, the ravens, following me for miles (four ravens do not a murder make; or do they?). Yellow had set into what is left of the post-fire aspen groves on the slopes between Miller and Carr Peaks. Autumn does exist here in southern Arizona. You just have to find it. The chance sighting of a twin-spotted rattlesnake and a Lewis’s Woodpecker made the afternoon more memorable. They are rare encounters here, the former a resident, the latter a visitor. The trail moves directly onto the crest past Tub Spring (yes, there is actually a bathtub) and Bear Saddle (no bears), dividing the view east and west. Then down, and down some more into Sunnyside Canyon with rusty orange Sycamores lining the wash, still running with water. I camped near the wilderness boundary, a fresh, still warm pile of bear scat nearby (hang the food high!). After a dinner of sardines and pasta, I sipped a bit of whiskey and listened to owls call across the oak groves, pleasantly reminded of why I do this sort of thing.

On the trail the next morning I encountered the first of two border patrol agents I would come across during the journey and consequently the only two people I would see in three days. I wondered if I had tripped a sensor since he seemed to be waiting for me where the trail crossed a two-track road. “I’m coming from Mexico”, seemed like a fitting yet possibly misinterpreted remark. He failed to see the humor but wished me well, his diesel engine roaring off into the foothills. The trail follows shady Scotia Canyon, crisscrossing the flowing wash, and then intersects with FR 48 (BP encounter #2) near Parker Canyon Lake and the beginning of AZT passage 2: Canelo Hills East (Güero Canelo de Este).

The trail literature mentions that in the future the AZT will actually pass near Parker Canyon Lake, but the current trail passes well south of the shore. A spur trail heads north to the lake but I continued on into the Cinnamon Hills, eager to explore an unfamiliar area. Resting near a big pool of clear water in Parker Canyon I studied the map. The elevation profile of the Canelos looks like an EKG. Up and down, up and down, for 17 miles. The trail is in great condition here with no real issues with navigation. I opted for the ol' map and compass over a GPS. Partially because I enjoy orienteering (which is not really necessary along this passage but.. still) and partially because I don't own a GPS. I pushed through this section of trail but enjoyed the landscape and scenery and spent the night in the Canelos, about a mile from the beginning of passage 3, up on the ridge overlooking the Huachucas and San Rafael Valley. Coyotes were active and they came a little too close for comfort that evening, no doubt interested in my food hanging high - or as high as possible - in a nearby juniper. Short stories by Ed Abbey kept me company that evening, refueling my mind for the next day.

Passage 3 started the next morning pre-dawn as I made my way down the ridge and across Canelo Pass road. West of Canelo Pass I took my pack off and meandered along the saddle before descending into Meadow Valley. I'd seen lithic scatters along other saddles similar to these and I was sure I'd find some cultural evidence here at this point between two viewsheds. On to Meadow Valley's amber waves of ... grasslands. The trail was well marked through this area as singletrack merges with old two-tracks and back to singletracks, along a finger ridge and down into the head of Red Rock Canyon toward Down Under Tank (which was full to overflowing). The section past the exclosure area begins to get tricky as flooding has erased trail signs through the wash on the way to Red Rock Ranch. It's fairly easy to see where one needs to go however and other than a few moments of wandering I was able to find my way to the ranch and the windmill. It was near this point that a Sonoran Coralsnake crossed the trail in front of me -- a rare treat indeed. Beautiful.

With some difficulty (re: navigation) I was able to find the trail that eventually leaves the wash of Red Rock Canyon and heads south toward the saddle and Harshaw Rd trailhead. Grateful to find the road into Patagonia I trudged the 2 miles into town, finding cold beer and good food at Velvet Elvis and a comfortable bed at Stage Stop Inn. The next morning, after coffee and a good breakfast in town I headed north on 1st Ave in Patagonia and along Temporal Rd, 7 miles to where my supportive, wonderful girlfriend picked me up at Temporal Gulch.

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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Aspen near peak at high elevation (8,500ft) between Miller and Carr Peaks in the 'Chooks. Sycamore starting to change in the mid-elevation spots along riparian corridors: Sunnyside Canyon, Scotia Canyon, Parker Canyon, Red Rock Canyon. Cottonwoods just starting to turn in above mentioned mid to mid-low elevation (4,000 - 5,000) canyons.
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May 04 2014
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Huachuca Mountains - AZT #1Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2014
mazatzal
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.93 mph
1,600 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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I'd come up with a plan to shorten the 23 miles / 5000' elevation gain: skip the 3.5 miles to/from the border and finish near Sunnyside (ghost town of 3 buildings) about 4 miles from the end. This would put it nearer 15-16 miles with about 4000' aeg (much better for me) and I knew easy to come back and fill the two gaps.

I set off up the Crest trail while Dave and Bob went to the border. This would let me get a head start on the speedsters. After about a mile I realized this wasn't going to happen today due to lack of energy and nausea. So I went back to the TH and waited for Dave and Bob and told them I'd do the border trip and then I'd put Bob's vehicle at the end and hike the 4 miles to mine. After I got to my truck I left them a water cache near Sunnyside and took off.

Not a great day but I've got the first 6.5 miles and the last 4 of #1 but unfortunately I'm missing the middle 11.5 [-( New plans in the works for those miles using Miller/Carr canyons and an out and back from Sunnyside :) Saw 5 deer (3+1+1) in Scotia Canyon.
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Dec 22 2012
Booneman
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38 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Miller Peak from Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2012
Booneman
Hiking10.92 Miles 3,804 AEG
Hiking10.92 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   2.42 mph
3,804 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Bob and I hiked Miller Peak today, and intended to bag Carr Peak as well. Deep snow prevented us from passing the North ridge along the crest trail. We didn't have the proper footwear to make the 1+mile hike through the calf-deep wet snow. We turned around and made our way back past the Miller Peak sign and down the crest trail.

Just past the Miller Peak junction we came across two border patrol agents. We talked for a while, mostly answering their questions. They even wanted to see the tread on the bottom of our shoes...
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