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2 days ago

I hiked out of the Ramsey reserve and then ended up breaking off at Pleasant trail (~2 miles in) and followed that all the way to the road in Carr canyon then back. It was a pretty hike with lots of shade though it didn't really have scenic vistas of the valleys since it stays in the interior of the mountains.
I had a late start (~1230) and still made it back in plenty of time before they closed the lot. I went on Thursday and did not see one person after the reserve. Overall a good afternoon hike!

Great short trail. Nice little detour. View is fantastic!!!

hiking
22 days ago

Well travelled trail. Came across 4 mountain bikers, a few trail joggers and probably 20 hikers. Most of the trail is wide enough to walk 3 people abreast. My first hike in years being overweight and out of shape. Took me 2 1/2 hours. Most people do it in 2 hours. I feel going clockwise is easier.

Great hike ! But bring your trail app because you could easily go off trail !

It was my first ride there and it was great but the altitude is brutal until you're use to it. I warn that bigger tires are better for this ride bc the rocks and gravel are slippery on the incline. I loved the ride and can't wait to ride again.

perfect hike, lots of shade.

My favorite hike in outside of Sierra Vista so far. It was actually 10.0 miles of trail from the trailhead, to the summit, and back down. Takes about 3 hours to summit; very worth it. The views were incredible, and it was a lot of fun. Start very early if you can, it gets hot quickly. Bring at least 1.5 liters of water; I would recommend more than that. Enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great hike. If you're hiking in the dry season make sure to bring a good amount of water. There is a lot of walking that is done on the south east facing slopes as well as walking along the ridge. This is a much nicer hike in the morning than in the mid day. Once on top, the views are great and the breeze is quite nice. It's a great place for a nap.

Steep hike up to the cave entrance, but totally worth it to explore the cave! Well marked switchback trail with steps. The cave is about a 30’ scramble down to get in and then easy to wander all the way to its end (600’ back). Great stalagmites and stalactites (unfortunate that people over the years have snapped off most of the smaller ones from the ceiling. Grrrrrr). Even with outside temps of 85°, it is a cool 68° in the cave year-round.

Lights: we used headlamps (and brought two flashlights for backup). Definitely needed them. The cave is pitch black - your cellphone flashlight will NOT be enough.

Nice hike with good view

Hiked the loop at the beginning of March and saw one hummingbird. Did see deer and had an enjoyable and relaxing hike. Very nice escape to nature!!

hiking
5 months ago

Scenic and steep! I had to take a couple of rest breaks to enjoy the view lol! Saw lizards, deer, butterflies, and many different colored rocks.
As I was going up, met a couple, going down, who had their dogs with them. The two dogs were not on a leash. It appears that the dogs may have left a deposit on the trail. It was also a popular spot for flies.
Not a fun thing to deal with.
This is an awesome trail that makes you feel like you accomplished something just being there!
The tree shade keeps you cool most of the time. Bring water! Pace your hike, it's worth it!!

It's a beautiful area, but our map showed it connecting with the crest trail (#103) at Gate 2, and we weren't able to get that far. At 7300' we found a last cairn and were never able to find any other markers. We had not planned to go back down that trail, knowing that it was steep and difficult, and the leaves/pine needles covering the trail made it even worse. In the end, though, we had no choice but to turn back. Instead of a 6-hr loop, our hike turned into an 8-hr nightmare. This is a "never again" hike for us, unfortunately, though I am glad we went one time.

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful views all the way up. the trail is well defined but also a little rugged in spots to keep is interesting. it's worth noting my Garmin tracked it at just over 6 miles round trip. my hiking partners Fitbit tracked it at 6 as well

plan for about a 30 minute drive to the trailhead (starting when you enter Coronado). it's a pretty rough drive but my Chevy Cruze made it without much resistance.

definitely recommend

Took the kids today for spring break 2018 and they loved it! The cave was awesome and any trail with lots of climbing rocks is a hit with them. The are 7 and 9. We did the whole thing in about two hours(including exploring the cave)

hiking
6 months ago

One of my all-time favorite hikes!

Great trail with alternating shade and sun. Fairly level with moderate slopes. One of the more used trails with a lot of bikes

hiking
6 months ago

Nice scenic hike... Love the scenery and the climate. Plus there's plenty of shade along the way, if you're from AZ then you will appreciate this tid bit! The only drawback for me is the amount of hike traffic and how some recklessly speed by... I've had to jump out of the way to avoid being run over. So DO NOT wear headphones while traversing this trail! Also, please leash your pets... there's skunks in the area that will chase you and others when they're disturbed by the loose pets. Bring plenty of water, bring some shoes that have good traction and as always, let people know where you're going hiking!

backpacking
7 months ago

This hike was the one that got me started hiking & backpacking back in 1988. I was a soldier stationed at Fort Huachuca. Some of my buddies & I hiked to the summit. Back then, there was a USFS lookout tower on the peak, so we hiked up ther & spent the night. It was in fall, and the wind howled all night! One of the guys brought a bottle of blackberry brandy, and to this day 30 years later, I always take a little blackberry brandy with me when I'm solo or with adults on a non-Scout backpacking/camping trip.
Good memories!

First trek I’ve done since moving to Arizona. I definitely enjoyed it. Not too challenging if your new, and not too boring if you’re an avid hiker. Good length for a quick activity after work, whether you like exercise or stress relief or just quiet time. Only about 2 hours.

New to Arizona trails I wasn't sure what to expect, but went with a friend and had a great time. Lots of flat trails, but spectacular views, and a lot of shade which will be great for summer. lookin g for more just like this.

It's a great hike for all ages. Prepare for rocky terrain with several climbs. Spend most of the hike within the cover of a fairly dense forest. Well marked, well used trail, easy to follow.

We did this hike on 01/06/2018 and it was a beautiful sunny day, 75 degrees. We started from the Montezuma parking lot. The first two miles are very steep and even worse when the sun is beaming on your back making you sweat profusely. Once you're done with that trek, you actually hike behind the mountain and it does cool off quite a bit. The hike is beautiful and the views are breath taking throughout the entire hike. Make sure you have 3L of water per person. Also, make sure you pack sandwiches or some snacks because this hike may take you anywhere from 4-6 hours. The top of Miller Peak is windy so make sure you have a light jacket in your pack. Highly recommend but I do not recommend it for dogs.

Amazing hike with incredible views of Mexico and Southern Arizona. Started from Montezuma Pass parking lot. The first leg elevates quickly through grassy hills. The next leg turns into a forest along the mountains crest where you can see the summit in the distance. We walked across snow at a few points and the wooded areas continued till the top. The last leg was slightly wooded with open fields and more snow. Incredible views to the Mule Mountains, San Jose Mountain, Chricahua Mountains, Santa Rita Mountains, Dragoon Mountains, Whetstone Mountains, and the Catalina Mountains.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Fun loop for mountain biking. Clockwise recommended. Nice road and double track route up. Not too steep and not too crowded.
The single track is fun (it’s single track after all) with some fun berms and things you can use as kickers... watch for run-outs though, it can get rocky in spots. There aren’t any spots that you cannot make easy by simply slowing down. Don’t go fast with your beginner friends.
Counter clockwise could be fun if you prefer climbing single track and descending on rugged double track, but the blind curves would be an issue.

Really cool cave...trail is short but steep at parts. Brought my four year old and six year old daughters did well. Rocks in the trail can be loose and footing slippery at times but overall not too bad.

hiking
9 months ago

One of my favorite hikes I’ve done and the weather was beautiful along with the endless views

hiking
9 months ago

A nice trail for training, running, walking. I used to horseback ride here but there are too many blind turns and mountain bikers so we no longer consider it safe for horses. Which is a shame since we made that trail. For the most part bikers are considerate but then there’s the other type....And folks need to keep dogs on leashes. It’s the law. I’ve been attacked by two dogs in separate incidents on this loop when one man lost control of a pit bull and another had a loose Shepard. So be aware, stay safe.

This was a great hike. Would be best to do in the spring when the wildflowers at the top are in bloom. The first third was desert, second third was forest, and the very last bit was a wildflower field. The hike is very straightforward, but difficult due to sun exposure throughout and the length of the trail, (5.4 miles from Montezuma Pass parking lot). Make sure to bring plenty of water. I heard a large animal moving through the forest, but couldn't tell what it was before it ran off, so bear spray wouldn't hurt to bring along too if you have it. Amazing views from the top!

Really short hike, but the cave is great! Definitely need to have flashlights with you.

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