View of the Stuart Range from Miller Peak. Make it a loop or hike back down to the trailhead. There is a small fee for the guided hike. Although the scenery along the way is not as spectacular as some other hikes in southern Arizona, the view from the summit is as far as the eye can see in all directions. Moderate at most. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The elevation didn't bother me much and it was amazing going through different climate zones. Miller Peak, at 9466 feet, is the highest point in the Huachuca mountains - just a few miles from the Mexican border. However, the trail goes through a burn area and appears to be slumping. The elevation gain is moderate. A little bit of a scramble for the last 100m to the peak. It was pleasant in the sun at the beginning, then cooled down towards the top with the wind. Info COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for … Your reward for climbing this far is a good overlook of lower Ramsey Canyon and the San Pedro River Valley. Very nice views of the border, Huachuca, and mountains throughout. Anna Roth. Did the hike on 9/14. The trail is very well maintained, Amazing views the entire way up, highly recommended, Great hike. The 9,466-foot high point of the Huachuca range is the product of a “super volcano” created by the Pacific continental plate sliding under the North American plate. The Miller Peak Trail in the Huachuca Mountains climbs 3,000 feet over 5.5 miles to reach the highest peak in the range, giving hikers an unparalleled view of the surrounding deserts. The signed trailhead takes off right of the gravel road and starts climbing immediately. Oversite Canyon Trail to Ida Canyon Trail, Arizona Trail: Southern Border to Parker Lake Trailhead, Crest Trail Junction via Hunter Canyon Trail #111. This mountain bike primary trail can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating with a 138 ft black diamond climb. The trail starts out relatively easily. The hike up was a leg burner for sure. We Walked In the Clouds. I think most people drive up Carr Canyon to Ramsey Campground and hike the Carr peak trail and cut down the ridge to Miller peak. Above the Black Bear Mine, as the trail leaves the canyon floor, it continues to switchback and hill-climb to its junction with the Crest Trail #103 in the vicinity of Miller Peak. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Hike by WTA Staff: Excellent trail, the drive to the trail head is a little scary but not too bad, trail is in great shape. It was really windy and actually a little chilly because of the elevation. Very steep elevation gains over the first and last miles. My Fun Meter is Pegged at Zero. Absolutely beautiful trail with stunning views of the US and Mexico. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, bird watching, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. I think you have to get much further to really enjoy any views, which was really disappointing. This is a moderate out and back trail to Miller Peak in Miller Peak Wilderness Area.. This Wilderness encompasses 20,190 acres and was established in 1984. The entire first quarter of a mile smelled like dog crap. I live at 230ft MSL but found myself out in this area on work. At the first junction after the fork, turn right onto Road 9703. Following an access road to the top really isn't that exciting. Length 9.2 miElevation gain 3044 ftRoute type Out & back This was a beautiful trail with lots of visibility. People also just leave the bags on the side of the trail. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Miller Peak (Arizona), as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit. This is truly a remarkable place to be. Steady grade most of the way. Used microspikes for part of the trail, and I was happy to have them. I was also the only person on the trail. What was also frustrating - people really don’t pick up after their pets. Features registration, programs, directions, and newsletters. I’m from Florida. As others have said very little cover so protect yourself and bring 4 liter of water. Day Hike - Miller Peak/Iron Bear Loop. Such a brutal trail if you are not used to elevation. But all that climbing affords you breathtaking views of the Stuarts, and much of the Teanaway area, as well as Mount Rainier. It took me about 4.5 hours of hiking to complete this trip. Miller Peak is an excellent, challenging day hike, which gains 3200 feet to the high point. There’s a lot of history in these mountains and they are where Francisco Vázquez de Coronado first entered what is now Arizona in 1540. This was with breaks. It can be reached via Miller Canyon for a tough and rewarding climb. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. I have hiked Miller Peak from Lutz Canyon which is a toughie with little shade and no water. Miller Peak is an excellent, challenging day hike, which gains 3200 feet to the high point. Arizona is blessed with 5 total (Miller, Humphreys, Graham, Lemmon and Chiricahua), more then many other more “mountainous” states including Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Oregon. A winding 1.3-mile paved road leading to the scenic summit is open for visitors to drive in summer and on spring and fall weekends. Did this trail on 7/10. The trail starts in the high desert grasslands near the Arizona/Mexico border, and ascends north into a rocky ponderosa pine forest before reaching the summit. Started the day off with a drive up Carr canyon road which is a rough narrow high clearance road to it’s end at Ramsey Campground. Views are provided throughout the hike. After that, the trail truly gets down to business and begins climbing steadily through pine forest and wildflowers to a viewpoint about 0.8 miles shy of the junction with the spur trail to Miller Peak. Highly recommend yaktrax or trekking poles this time of year. Take a sip of water, and make that last push to the top, where you are rewarded with absolutely stunning 360-degree views. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until May. I got about a mile and a half up the trail and had to turn back because the elevation/altitude got me. The last mile or so has lots of pine trees and nice shaded area. This didn't really bother me, but given the length of the trail and the inherent seclusion that comes with being at this elevation out in the mountains, it is something to consider! The summit is acce Miller Peak #1. It may seem longer, but that’s because you’ve just climbed 2500 feet, and much of that was in the last 2.25 miles. Few spots are definitely very over grown. Miller Peak with it's awesome panoramas is always worth the effort. It took us three hours to get from Montezuma Pass Road to the peak. The trail was in great shape except for one tight area - not a big deal. Spectacular trail in Coranado National Memorial. Carr Peak is the third-highest mountain in Cochise County, Arizona (after Chiricahua Peak and Miller Peak) and is the second-highest mountain in the Huachuca Mountains.It rises about 10 miles (16 km) south of Sierra Vista, Arizona.The summit is in the Miller Peak Wilderness on the Coronado National Forest and about 4 miles (6 km) south of the Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve. In the 0.6 mile spur trail, you’ll gain yet another 600 feet to the summit of Miller. It was a challenging hike and I am glad I finally made it up to Miller peak. Great view, but blocked by small brush. Your final creek crossing is about 1.8 miles in. Please submit any useful information about climbing Miller Peak (Arizona) that may be useful to other climbers. I clocked in about 3200 feet for the day. The summit reaches to 9,700 feet and is one of just five mountains in Arizona with over 5,000 feet of prominence (a so-called "ultra" peak). Very long views, maybe 100 miles on a clear day. It may seem longer, but that’s because you’ve just climbed 2500 feet, and much of that was in the last 2.25 miles. 209 and Liberty No. Cross the freeway on the overpass and turn right onto Highway 970. The first and, annoyingly, final mile are the hardest but there are flat bits too. The elevation never really levels out, you're constantly gaining. Perhaps the most well-known trailhead is found at the end of Miller Canyon Road, near Hereford, Arizona. We went clockwise up the Miller Creek trail which gets the lions share of elevation gain out of the way first thing. Great views along the way include aspen stands and Miller Peak. Named for the highest peak in the Huachuca Mountains, and is the highest and southernmost peak in the United States. View a map of this area and more on Natural Atlas. This trail, along with .3 miles of the Carr Peak Spur Trail, provides access to 9220’ Carr Peak after 2.7 miles of hiking and 1800’ of climbing. Miller Peak is an ultra-prominent peak just north of the Mexico border. Begin from the Miller Peak trail at the end of Road 9703. There is a small fee for the guided hike. Or. Miller Canyon Trail to Miller Peak is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sierra Vista, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Begin from the Miller Peak trail at the end of Road 9703. The County Line Trail is a scenic, undulating trail for normal hikers and burly mountain bikers that provides ever-changing views as you move from knoll to knoll along a long ridge leading to toward Miller Peak. Bring a camera! There are still several creek crossings ahead, so you have more opportunities to refill on water. But all that climbing affords you breathtaking views of the Stuarts, and much of the Teanaway area, as well as Mount Rainier. But the climbing's not over yet. Miller Peak west of Old Blewett Pass offers hikers, mountain bikers, snowshoers, and skiers outdoor opportunities all year long. Some of the sections of the crest trail leading up to Miller Peak didn’t even feel like Arizona. Located on Possum Kingdom Lake. I saw a roadrunner on the trail. Fans of Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain will love the delicious, seemingly endless, uphill workout … I wasn’t fit enough to enjoy this one. In spring, this hillside explodes with wildflowers. Miller State Park is located on the 2,290-foot summit and flank of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough and is the oldest state park in New Hampshire. hike-a-bike is not an option. Great summer hike. Seattle, WA 98104. Miller Peak Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hereford, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. So care should be taken traversing that area. Very nice trail in most spots. The brushes can get tight so I recommend pants and a long sleeve shirt. Miller Peak is a spectacular landmark mountain located in far-south Arizona near the town of Sierra Vista and the Fort Huachuca Military Base. Very well graded. Almost no poison ivy spotted just one bush off trail. Sky was overcast with very low ceiling, so I was in the clouds for the last 2 miles or so. The Miller Peak/Iron Bear Peak loop is a long day hike, but the trail is well graded and in reasonable good condition. Drive 3.3 miles to the trailhead at the end of this road.Parking is limited here, and keep in mind that other cars have to pass, so park so that others can come and go. We had the peak to ourselves. The Miller Peak spur trail is wider with a trail through the forest. Otherwise highly recommend. The views in the first mile plus are woodsy, nice water views if you’re lucky and there’s enough flow. From Seattle on I-90 East, head to exit 85 for East Cle Elum. Stay on Teanaway Road for 12.5 miles. Wind was blowing the whole time and the temp was in the high 40's at the top. And, if you’re heading for Miller, it’s not over yet. As with most trails, the pay off is worth it once you summit. The summit of Miller Peak can be gained by any of several trails, which all involve moderately strenuous hikes requiring approximately 3,500 feet (1,100 m) in elevation gain and 9 to 11 miles (14 to 18 km) distance round-trip. Reach the junction with the Miller Peak spur trail 3.8 total miles from the trailhead. From the big tree, the trail moves uphill and includes some minor switchbacks before crossing into the Coronado National Forest and the Miller Peak Wilderness. More around 5.2 miles to the top. You pass through desert, snow, and alpine on the journey. The final 3 to the summit are also pretty difficult, but its was the altitude and mental game that really got to me. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until May. YMCA camp for boys and girls with watersports, rock climbing, and equestrian programs. This hike has some gorgeous scenery and a climactic summit view. Signs at the trailhead state that it's 5.3 miles to Miller Peak. The trail parallels Miller Creek, and for the first mile and a half, you’ll be right at the water’s edge. It took us 2:30 to the crest and 1:45 back down The Little and medium rocks we're slippery and annoying on the feet, but other than that great trail. Wow, I loved this hike. Miller Peak is a 3 mile moderately popular blue singletrack trail located near Teanaway Washington. About a mile later, I hit the park border and started into the Miller Peak Wilderness, where snow from the previous night’s storm was still hanging on to the steep hillsides in the shade. This teaser view completes a relentlessly steep hillclimb, but you’re not finished yet! Photo by Anna Roth. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association Snow was several inches deep near the summit. Montezuma pass is another route which is long and hot. Fairly tough hike with a good amount of snow that made for some loose footing, especially toward the top. Miller Peak Wilderness is a wilderness area in Coronado National Forest, AZ. I took the Arizona Trail for the majority of this hike, starting from Montezuma Pass. Snow Lake Trail: Helping an Iconic Trail Step Up Sustainability. Bit windy up top but not too bad. Fortunately the trail also isn’t quite as steep through this section, so I was able to continue climbing at a decent pace. Easy to follow and well signed at the intersections. Stunning views in all directions, but be forewarned that it doesn't appear park rangers have maintained the trail in a while because the brush is overgrown in several spots, making the trail hard to pass through starting around the 2-mile mark. You will thank me for that. It is rocky and narrow on places, so be careful. Miller Peak can be reached most easily by the YDS Class 1, complete walk up, Miller Peak Trail. Of course, this means that trailside vegetation is well-watered, and you’ll be swimming through thick foliage for much of this section. This trail goes by Bond Spring. You can’t see it from here, but the views are truly spectacular from the small summit block. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 A toilet is available at the trailhead. Cross the Teanaway River bridge and in 7 miles turn left onto Teanaway Road. While there are several trails available leading to the summit of Miller Peak, I opted for Miller Canyon in hopes to tag Carr Peak … Interesting trail as it climbs thru a few climate zones. The hikes are advertised on the Center’s website and usually occur in March. I'd consider myself an intermediate level hiker, and this trail lived up to its "hard" rating, in my opinion. miller peak MILLER PEAK Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Located just a few miles from the Mexican border, Miller Peak is the southern most mountain summit in the United States. Or. TH: Go on Iron Bear Tr1351, immediately crossing Miller Creek and another small creek, then cross North Fork Bear Creek at 1.4mi, as the trail follows South Fork Bear Creek to the Teanaway Ridge headwaters. Great hike for even better views of southern Arizona and northern Mexico Near Sierra Vista Southeast, Arizona. The Miller Peak Wilderness lies between the city of Sierra Vista and the Mexican border in the southern half of the Huachuca Mountains. Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District, Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books), Green Trails Mount Stuart No. Be the first to submit your climbing note! The Crest trail has sky high open views of sky island section of Arizona. At this point the paving ends and the road forks. It was around an elevation of 6,500 feet when I turned around. The path transitions from the east side of the mountains to the west side, and the environment transitions from a high chaparral grassland, to a pine-forested sky island. Take the right fork onto Road 9737. It seemed like a good climb near the beginning then a reasonable break with switchbacks with an increase of angle in the final mile. Three main hiking trails ascend Pack Monadnock to the summit. I call it difficult just because of the small rocks and elevation over a short distance. Reach the junction with the Miller Peak spur trail 3.8 total miles from the trailhead. Miller Peak Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hereford, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Definitely not something I’ve experienced on other trails in AZ. The … Long hike but well worth it. Overview. The summit reaches to … Up to now, the trail has been open to all users: mountain bikes, equestrians, and motorized bikes. Lots of ice along the trail. Back Ground: Miller Peak: Elevation 9,466 feet high (Chiricahua Peak 9,759 feet highest in Cochise Countyty) Montezuma Pass: Elevation 6,575. Miller Peak Area Topo Map. I meet quite a few hikers going up to Miller peak. Little longer than what all trails says. Miller Peak (Arizona) Climbing Notes. 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