Seattle, WA 98104. Miller Peak can be reached most easily by the YDS Class 1, complete walk up, Miller Peak Trail. Reach the junction with the Miller Peak spur trail 3.8 total miles from the trailhead. 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. Very nice views of the border, Huachuca, and mountains throughout. 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. Your reward for climbing this far is a good overlook of lower Ramsey Canyon and the San Pedro River Valley. That’s why it’s “hard”. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until May. Montezuma pass is another route which is long and hot. Fans of Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain will love the delicious, seemingly endless, uphill workout … I live at 230ft MSL but found myself out in this area on work. 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. A little bit of a scramble for the last 100m to the peak. There were also a lot of bugs when we went (Easter Sunday). The final 3 to the summit are also pretty difficult, but its was the altitude and mental game that really got to me. 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 elevation never really levels out, you're constantly gaining. Signs at the trailhead state that it's 5.3 miles to Miller Peak. This is truly a remarkable place to be. 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. Your final creek crossing is about 1.8 miles in. I think you have to get much further to really enjoy any views, which was really disappointing. Fairly tough hike with a good amount of snow that made for some loose footing, especially toward the top. Snow Lake Trail: Helping an Iconic Trail Step Up Sustainability. The summit reaches to … Or. 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. Begin from the Miller Peak trail at the end of Road 9703. This was with breaks. Great hike for even better views of southern Arizona and northern Mexico Near Sierra Vista Southeast, Arizona. Miller Peak is a 3 mile moderately popular blue singletrack trail located near Teanaway Washington. The hikes are advertised on the Center’s website and usually occur in March. Cross the Teanaway River bridge and in 7 miles turn left onto Teanaway Road. Miller Peak, at 9466 feet, is the highest point in the Huachuca mountains - just a few miles from the Mexican border. Fortunately the trail also isn’t quite as steep through this section, so I was able to continue climbing at a decent pace. The … Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Great view, but blocked by small brush. Easy to follow and well signed at the intersections. Finally though, the trail does begin switchbacking up and away from the creek. Used microspikes for part of the trail, and I was happy to have them. This hike has some gorgeous scenery and a climactic summit view. 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. Definitely not something I’ve experienced on other trails in AZ. A long, beautiful loop in the golden Teanaway. Back Ground: Miller Peak: Elevation 9,466 feet high (Chiricahua Peak 9,759 feet highest in Cochise Countyty) Montezuma Pass: Elevation 6,575. This Wilderness encompasses 20,190 acres and was established in 1984. The brushes can get tight so I recommend pants and a long sleeve shirt. A challenging trail due to its length, but none of it is actually difficult. 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. It seemed like a good climb near the beginning then a reasonable break with switchbacks with an increase of angle in the final mile. 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. The hike up was a leg burner for sure. I got about a mile and a half up the trail and had to turn back because the elevation/altitude got me. 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. Festooned primarily with lupine and balsamroot, there are plenty of others to take in as well, like bitterroot and columbine, among others. Head around the back of what you might think is Miller Peak, still climbing steadily, though more moderately, and enjoy views of Navaho Peak, Dragontail and some of the other Stuart Peaks, even Mount Rainier on a clear day. 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. Great summer hike. 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). Absolutely beautiful trail with stunning views of the US and Mexico. 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 first 2 miles or so are real leg burners. It was pleasant in the sun at the beginning, then cooled down towards the top with the wind. Take a sip of water, and make that last push to the top, where you are rewarded with absolutely stunning 360-degree views. 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. Stay on Teanaway Road for 12.5 miles. 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. Miller Peak Area Topo Map. The Miller Peak/Iron Bear Peak loop is a long day hike, but the trail is well graded and in reasonable good condition. The Miller Peak spur trail is wider with a trail through the forest. Of course, this means that trailside vegetation is well-watered, and you’ll be swimming through thick foliage for much of this section. I have hiked Miller Peak from Lutz Canyon which is a toughie with little shade and no water. The elevation gain is moderate. Info COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for … Lots of ice along the trail. Definitely be careful coming down with the rocks. 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. Spectacular trail in Coranado National Memorial. It was a challenging hike and I am glad I finally made it up to Miller peak. Snow was several inches deep near the summit. Located on Possum Kingdom Lake. But all that climbing affords you breathtaking views of the Stuarts, and much of the Teanaway area, as well as Mount Rainier. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Miller Peak (Arizona), as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit. I was also the only person on the trail. Miller Peak Wilderness is a wilderness area in Coronado National Forest, AZ. But all that climbing affords you breathtaking views of the Stuarts, and much of the Teanaway area, as well as Mount Rainier. 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. 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. I like to see views as I climb. It can be reached via Miller Canyon for a tough and rewarding climb. I’m from Florida. 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. Reach the junction with the Miller Peak spur trail 3.8 total miles from the trailhead. A toilet is available at the trailhead. As others have said very little cover so protect yourself and bring 4 liter of water. The Crest trail has sky high open views of sky island section of Arizona. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Named for the highest peak in the Huachuca Mountains, and is the highest and southernmost peak in the United States. The elevation didn't bother me much and it was amazing going through different climate zones. 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! I saw a roadrunner on the trail. Some of the sections of the crest trail leading up to Miller Peak didn’t even feel like Arizona. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until May. 210. 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. Miller Peak is a landmark mountain located in far-south Arizona near the town of Sierra Vista and the Fort Huachuca Military Base. Features registration, programs, directions, and newsletters. Miller Peak is an excellent, challenging day hike, which gains 3200 feet to the high point. The entire first quarter of a mile smelled like dog crap. Within a quarter mile you see a signed intersection, keep going straight/left to Miller Canyon/Peak. Very nice trail in most spots. 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. Few spots are definitely very over grown. 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. Saw deer at the top and found a wildlife motion detector camera. So care should be taken traversing that area. There is a small fee for the guided hike. The trail was in great shape except for one tight area - not a big deal. Sky was overcast with very low ceiling, so I was in the clouds for the last 2 miles or so. Perhaps the most well-known trailhead is found at the end of Miller Canyon Road, near Hereford, Arizona. But the climbing's not over yet. 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. This trail goes by Bond Spring. Miller Peak west of Old Blewett Pass offers hikers, mountain bikers, snowshoers, and skiers outdoor opportunities all year long. Photo by Anna Roth. Miller Peak is an ultra-prominent peak just north of the Mexico border. People also just leave the bags on the side of the trail. The Miller Peak Wilderness lies between the city of Sierra Vista and the Mexican border in the southern half of the Huachuca Mountains. Excellent trail, the drive to the trail head is a little scary but not too bad, trail is in great shape. Only down side is that there is an open sewage pit on the top of Miller peak. Length 9.2 miElevation gain 3044 ftRoute type Out & back Long hike but well worth it. It is rocky and narrow on places, so be careful. Most views are to the north. You will thank me for that. Or. No vistas on the way (for as long as I was on the trail). In the 0.6 mile spur trail, you’ll gain yet another 600 feet to the summit of Miller. There are still several creek crossings ahead, so you have more opportunities to refill on water. Did the hike on 9/14. 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. Highly recommend yaktrax or trekking poles this time of year. My Fun Meter is Pegged at Zero. Anna Roth. As with most trails, the pay off is worth it once you summit. The last mile or so has lots of pine trees and nice shaded area. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, bird watching, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. This teaser view completes a relentlessly steep hillclimb, but you’re not finished yet! Wow, I loved this hike. We went clockwise up the Miller Creek trail which gets the lions share of elevation gain out of the way first thing. 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. Please submit any useful information about climbing Miller Peak (Arizona) that may be useful to other climbers. It was around an elevation of 6,500 feet when I turned around. We Walked In the Clouds. I call it difficult just because of the small rocks and elevation over a short distance. Miller Peak with it's awesome panoramas is always worth the effort. 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. In spring, this hillside explodes with wildflowers. Views are provided throughout the hike. Almost no poison ivy spotted just one bush off trail. hike-a-bike is not an option. The Border Patrol has a tracking station in the trail parking lot, watching for drug smugglers with radar and night cameras. You can’t see it from here, but the views are truly spectacular from the small summit block. Miller Peak is a spectacular landmark mountain located in far-south Arizona near the town of Sierra Vista and the Fort Huachuca Military Base. 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. I'd consider myself an intermediate level hiker, and this trail lived up to its "hard" rating, in my opinion. Awesome campsite. 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. Bit windy up top but not too bad. Day Hike - Miller Peak/Iron Bear Loop. The signed trailhead takes off right of the gravel road and starts climbing immediately. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association More around 5.2 miles to the top. We had the peak to ourselves. I wasn’t fit enough to enjoy this one. 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. Miller Peak #1. Interesting trail as it climbs thru a few climate zones. Steady grade most of the way. It took us three hours to get from Montezuma Pass Road to the peak. I meet quite a few hikers going up to Miller peak. YMCA camp for boys and girls with watersports, rock climbing, and equestrian programs. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. I took the Arizona Trail for the majority of this hike, starting from Montezuma Pass. Very well graded. 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 trail is very well maintained, Amazing views the entire way up, highly recommended, Great hike. And, if you’re heading for Miller, it’s not over yet. The trail parallels Miller Creek, and for the first mile and a half, you’ll be right at the water’s edge. Cross the freeway on the overpass and turn right onto Highway 970. Oversite Canyon Trail to Ida Canyon Trail, Arizona Trail: Southern Border to Parker Lake Trailhead, Crest Trail Junction via Hunter Canyon Trail #111. Take the right fork onto Road 9737. Bring a camera! View of the Stuart Range from Miller Peak. Three main hiking trails ascend Pack Monadnock to the summit. Great views along the way include aspen stands and Miller Peak. The spur trail is supposed to be hiker only, but it's evident other users head up to the summit as well. Very long views, maybe 100 miles on a clear day. Miller Peak (Arizona) Climbing Notes. Such a brutal trail if you are not used to elevation. 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. What was also frustrating - people really don’t pick up after their pets. View a map of this area and more on Natural Atlas. Moderate at most. Overview. However, the trail goes through a burn area and appears to be slumping. Very steep elevation gains over the first and last miles. You pass through desert, snow, and alpine on the journey. Miller Peak via Crest Trail Overview Miller Peak is located in the Huachuca Mountains which are found in Coronado National Forest, Miller Peak Wilderness, and partially inside Coronado National Memorial. The summit is acce Otherwise highly recommend. 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. At this point the paving ends and the road forks. This is a moderate out and back trail to Miller Peak in Miller Peak Wilderness Area.. Miller Peak is an excellent, challenging day hike, which gains 3200 feet to the high point. It was really windy and actually a little chilly because of the elevation. 209 and Liberty No. This was a beautiful trail with lots of visibility. At the first junction after the fork, turn right onto Road 9703. Up to now, the trail has been open to all users: mountain bikes, equestrians, and motorized bikes. Wind was blowing the whole time and the temp was in the high 40's at the top. From Seattle on I-90 East, head to exit 85 for East Cle Elum. 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. The first and, annoyingly, final mile are the hardest but there are flat bits too. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Following an access road to the top really isn't that exciting. Make it a loop or hike back down to the trailhead. 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. It took me about 4.5 hours of hiking to complete this trip. Little longer than what all trails says. It’s long. Did this trail on 7/10. 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. Be the first to submit your climbing note! Begin from the Miller Peak trail at the end of Road 9703. 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