Used microspikes for part of the trail, and I was happy to have them. Reach the junction with the Miller Peak spur trail 3.8 total miles from the trailhead. The Miller Peak/Iron Bear Peak loop is a long day hike, but the trail is well graded and in reasonable good condition. 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. 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). Within a quarter mile you see a signed intersection, keep going straight/left to Miller Canyon/Peak. Hike by WTA Staff: View of the Stuart Range from Miller Peak. Anna Roth. Miller Peak west of Old Blewett Pass offers hikers, mountain bikers, snowshoers, and skiers outdoor opportunities all year long. Lots of ice along the trail. I was also the only person on the trail. View a map of this area and more on Natural Atlas. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Miller Peak (Arizona), as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit. It took us three hours to get from Montezuma Pass Road to the peak. That’s why it’s “hard”. 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. Moderate at most. 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. Fairly tough hike with a good amount of snow that made for some loose footing, especially toward the top. Features registration, programs, directions, and newsletters. Fortunately the trail also isn’t quite as steep through this section, so I was able to continue climbing at a decent pace. Miller Peak Wilderness is a wilderness area in Coronado National Forest, AZ. Great summer hike. Your final creek crossing is about 1.8 miles in. Make it a loop or hike back down to the trailhead. Miller Peak is an excellent, challenging day hike, which gains 3200 feet to the high point. 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. Seattle, WA 98104. As others have said very little cover so protect yourself and bring 4 liter of water. More around 5.2 miles to the top. But all that climbing affords you breathtaking views of the Stuarts, and much of the Teanaway area, as well as Mount Rainier. But all that climbing affords you breathtaking views of the Stuarts, and much of the Teanaway area, as well as Mount Rainier. Begin from the Miller Peak trail at the end of Road 9703. Length 9.2 miElevation gain 3044 ftRoute type Out & back The first 2 miles or so are real leg burners. While there are several trails available leading to the summit of Miller Peak, I opted for Miller Canyon in hopes to tag Carr Peak … The elevation never really levels out, you're constantly gaining. 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! Did the hike on 9/14. This was a beautiful trail with lots of visibility. I'd consider myself an intermediate level hiker, and this trail lived up to its "hard" rating, in my opinion. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. The trail was fairly overgrown and you will definitely be walking through some bushes and plants but it never got so bad you couldn't follow the path. The Crest trail has sky high open views of sky island section of Arizona. Spectacular trail in Coranado National Memorial. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Or. People also just leave the bags on the side of the trail. 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. The Miller Peak spur trail is wider with a trail through the forest. Festooned primarily with lupine and balsamroot, there are plenty of others to take in as well, like bitterroot and columbine, among others. I clocked in about 3200 feet for the day. A long, beautiful loop in the golden Teanaway. Wind was blowing the whole time and the temp was in the high 40's at the top. 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. Absolutely beautiful trail with stunning views of the US and Mexico. 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. Great hike for even better views of southern Arizona and northern Mexico Near Sierra Vista Southeast, Arizona. However, the trail goes through a burn area and appears to be slumping. Please submit any useful information about climbing Miller Peak (Arizona) that may be useful to other climbers. Most views are to the north. At 8 miles and 3200 feet of elevation it gives just enough elevation to give a good workout, but for this region, it is makes for a very attainable summit. Three main hiking trails ascend Pack Monadnock to the summit. Awesome campsite. Bit windy up top but not too bad. 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. But the climbing's not over yet. 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. The final 3 to the summit are also pretty difficult, but its was the altitude and mental game that really got to me. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. This teaser view completes a relentlessly steep hillclimb, but you’re not finished yet! 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. The trail is very well maintained, Amazing views the entire way up, highly recommended, Great hike. 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. Named for the highest peak in the Huachuca Mountains, and is the highest and southernmost peak in the United States. Info COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for … So care should be taken traversing that area. The elevation didn't bother me much and it was amazing going through different climate zones. Did this trail on 7/10. You can’t see it from here, but the views are truly spectacular from the small summit block. Very nice views of the border, Huachuca, and mountains throughout. 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. A toilet is available at the trailhead. 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. Montezuma pass is another route which is long and hot. The spur trail is supposed to be hiker only, but it's evident other users head up to the summit as well. Make the 3,200-foot climb up to Miller Peak and take some time to enjoy the views of the Stuart Range and the Teanaway. The elevation gain is moderate. Miller Peak, at 9466 feet, is the highest point in the Huachuca mountains - just a few miles from the Mexican border. Miller Peak is an ultra-prominent peak just north of the Mexico border. 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. The summit reaches to … This is truly a remarkable place to be. YMCA camp for boys and girls with watersports, rock climbing, and equestrian programs. Miller Peak with it's awesome panoramas is always worth the effort. hike-a-bike is not an option. I like to see views as I climb. 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. I meet quite a few hikers going up to Miller peak. 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. Very long views, maybe 100 miles on a clear day. Almost no poison ivy spotted just one bush off trail. Miller Peak Area Topo Map. It’s long. 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. Be the first to submit your climbing note! Perhaps the most well-known trailhead is found at the end of Miller Canyon Road, near Hereford, Arizona. It was around an elevation of 6,500 feet when I turned around. I got about a mile and a half up the trail and had to turn back because the elevation/altitude got me. 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. Signs at the trailhead state that it's 5.3 miles to Miller Peak. Bring a camera! Excellent trail, the drive to the trail head is a little scary but not too bad, trail is in great shape. Very steep elevation gains over the first and last miles. Definitely not something I’ve experienced on other trails in AZ. Of course, this means that trailside vegetation is well-watered, and you’ll be swimming through thick foliage for much of this section. At the first junction after the fork, turn right onto Road 9703. So my recommendation is be prepared for bugs, icky smells and a high climb but your reward is at the top, not on the way. Cross the freeway on the overpass and turn right onto Highway 970. Snow Lake Trail: Helping an Iconic Trail Step Up Sustainability. What was also frustrating - people really don’t pick up after their pets. The entire first quarter of a mile smelled like dog crap. Oversite Canyon Trail to Ida Canyon Trail, Arizona Trail: Southern Border to Parker Lake Trailhead, Crest Trail Junction via Hunter Canyon Trail #111. The brushes can get tight so I recommend pants and a long sleeve shirt. We went clockwise up the Miller Creek trail which gets the lions share of elevation gain out of the way first thing. Follow a few short switchbacks, then pop out on a shoulder with excellent views, as well as a sign of things to come; a steep trail heading straight up the hill. Overview. Steady grade most of the way. 209 and Liberty No. Saw deer at the top and found a wildlife motion detector camera. Miller Peak is a spectacular landmark mountain located in far-south Arizona near the town of Sierra Vista and the Fort Huachuca Military Base. 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. Miller Peak is a 3 mile moderately popular blue singletrack trail located near Teanaway Washington. Miller Peak #1. 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 can be reached most easily by the YDS Class 1, complete walk up, Miller Peak Trail. Photo by Anna Roth. This is a moderate out and back trail to Miller Peak in Miller Peak Wilderness Area.. The signed trailhead takes off right of the gravel road and starts climbing immediately. Few spots are definitely very over grown. Views are provided throughout the hike. It was a challenging hike and I am glad I finally made it up 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. Some of the sections of the crest trail leading up to Miller Peak didn’t even feel like Arizona. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 In the 0.6 mile spur trail, you’ll gain yet another 600 feet to the summit of Miller. This Wilderness encompasses 20,190 acres and was established in 1984. We Walked In the Clouds. A little bit of a scramble for the last 100m to the peak. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Definitely be careful coming down with the rocks. The last mile or so has lots of pine trees and nice shaded area. There is a small fee for the guided hike. The views in the first mile plus are woodsy, nice water views if you’re lucky and there’s enough flow. I’m from Florida. And, if you’re heading for Miller, it’s not over yet. It seemed like a good climb near the beginning then a reasonable break with switchbacks with an increase of angle in the final mile. Begin from the Miller Peak trail at the end of Road 9703. This mountain bike primary trail can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating with a 138 ft black diamond climb. Miller Peak (Arizona) Climbing Notes. As with most trails, the pay off is worth it once you summit. The summit is acce Fans of Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain will love the delicious, seemingly endless, uphill workout … Cross the Teanaway River bridge and in 7 miles turn left onto Teanaway Road. Miller Peak is an excellent, challenging day hike, which gains 3200 feet to the high point. Located on Possum Kingdom Lake. Easy to follow and well signed at the intersections. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until May. There is a small fee for the guided hike. 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. 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. Interesting trail as it climbs thru a few climate zones.