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Coronado National Memorial commemorates and interprets the significance of Francisco V

Surprised no one has given a review as this is an awesome trail. Once you gain the elevation from either end, the trail is almost level the whole way and very scenic. It was made to allow mountain bikers access from Carr to Miller as the old trail which is farther up in elevation is in the Wilderness area, (a little history is that the upper trail used to be called the “Nigger Jim” trail), the name an old buffalo soldier built the water trough at the spring which is now called Clark Spring Trail. So the Perimeter Trail was built for mountain bikers and hikers and horseback riders who wish to travel from Carr to Miller or vice versa without going thru the Miller Peak Wilderness area. ( no motorized vehicles allowed). Oh and during the warm seasons watch out for rattlers we’ve seen several Mojave rattlers on the trail.

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.

hiking
22 days ago

excellent hike -- pleasant grade and almost constant great views. Can be done in 4.25 to 5 hours if you don't dilly-dally. Worth the drive from Tucson.

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Awesome hike up the trail followed by a return down Montezuma Pass Rd to the visitors center. Had previously gone the opposite way. Saw deer, birds and a ton of grasshoppers.

hiking
2 months ago

Parked at Montezuma Pass parking lot, departed at about 8:00A.M. It took us about 2hr. 45min to reach the top (with brief stops throughout) and then about 1hr. 40min (with no stops) for the return trip. Very fun. Very scenic. You can see the parts of the U.S.-Mexico border wall from certain points. Very diverse trail segments. They'll be a half mile stretch where you feel like you're trudging through a desert then another half mile where you're in a coastal forest and then another where you're traveling along the wildflower ridden hills of Montana! There was no elevation sign at the top. This mountain complex can be subject to sporadic storms, so come prepared for that. The encroaching vegetation on some portions of the trail was very wet from overnight rain (soggy socks, yum), so if that does not float your boat...well then bring extra socks! Definitely the best hike in the Sierra Vista area.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! 500 ft elevation change over a short distance. The cave is fun to explore. Remember to bring a flashlight and watch for bats.

With 20lb backpack about 2 hours hiking up the trail from the visitor center to the parking lot on montezumas pass. 1 hour back down the dirt road. 7 mile trip this way. No running water. Trail well maintained. didnt see anyone but a flock of scrreching bluebirds. I liked this hike because it kept changing. desert to narrow rocky path to ridgeline back down a windy dirt road with great view of the stars

hiking
8 months ago

Excellent hike. Must do the Yaqui Trail to the border point in all this was about 9.5 miles.

on Miller Peak Trail

8 months ago

Moderate. First mile and 1/2 are up and up, then the grades are pretty moderate and steady.

8 months ago

It's more than moderate. Great views!!