Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Miller Peak Wilderness Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

Definitely need gps. Also it is 9.75 miles. Great when trail is easy to follow but without gps, you won’t find your way!!!

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

1 month ago

My favorite trail in this area. Starts off with low desert brush and sand/rock moving up to a pine forest surrounding a quick moving stream (roaring in the winter, still moving in the summer). The entire route is largely shaded except for the beginning and a few areas after bathtub springs up top. A few small stream crossings but nothing too significant. Start off parking at the trailhead (24 hr access no fee). There is a trail map and information area here as well. Hike up the sandy switchback to the right of the parking area to start and then you are off. Trail is generally easy to follow though you may head down a dead end for a few meters. Moderate to hard terrain. Starts off moderate with some short steeper parts here and there. Once you start hitting the switchbacks goes to hard for 3 or so miles before flattening out around bathtub springs. Some fallen trees along the route but still able to climb over them. Right now, beware of snow for about 1 mile after the bathtub spring before reaching the summit of Miller Peak. I highly recommend trekking poles or a walking stick ad we did slip around and a fall off the ledge could hurt. Micro spikes wouldn't hurt but the trekking poles were enough for us. In addition, there are some primitive camping areas towards the top around bathtub springs as well as 2 caves in the lower canyon. Around 12 miles total from trailhead to peak and back at around 5 to 7 hours depending on how much site seeing you do (fantastic views from the top of the canyon, and along the trail from bathtub springs to miller peak).

hiking
1 month ago

Great views all the way up! Saw deer at the top. I see why people say it’s overgrown but it’s clear where the trail is the whole time. A couple trees down I assume from the wind storm a couple weeks ago. Didn’t make it up to miller peak, but where this map leads you still get awesome views and very secluded and peaceful. Took us about 6 hours total including 30min at the top and plenty of stops AllTrails inaccurate however it’s a a little over 4 miles one way.

hiking
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

I used this as a quick way up to Miller Peak, and boy was it quick. If you want to be alone while basically going straight up and then straight down, this is the trail for you. I did this trail Nov 2nd, a Sunday, and did t see anyone until I got to Miller Peak. This route up is steep (3500 ft in 4 miles with most of that in about a 3 mile section), but it’s not terrible. It’s overgrown in parts, with some very prickly bushes creeping into the trail. My dog refused to push through some, although they are at about eye level for her, so I don’t blame her. On the note: Dogs are allowed in this wilderness. I’m not sure why All Trails thinks this is No Dogs. This took us around 4 hours moving, 5 hours or so with breaks and stuff. I think that was pretty quick. Mill Peak is cool, its cool to be able to look out and see the border/Mexico. Also with that in mind: if your coming from the 10, just be aware there is a border patrol checkpoint on route.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is actually 12 miles round trip. It is shaded the whole way. It starts steep then grades out and then gets steep again near the top. It took 6 hours cause we stopped for alot of pictures, but definitely plan for at least 5 hours. The leaves are also starting to change.

Not an easy hike but very beautiful in the autumn!

hiking
3 months ago

This being my first trail in Arizona, I have nothing to go by. I just moved here from Michigan I didn’t make it to Miller peak but made it to the mine. Really looking forward to the many trails ahead.

AWESOME hike! It is a butt kicker though so don’t get discouraged as you go up! There are some VERY prickly bushes and plants along the trail that haven’t been cleared out too so wear pants if you don’t like to be poked at. My husband and I were wearing shorts and sucked it up but will likely wear pants next time. All in all though it was an awesome hike with some spectacular views and we will definitely be doing it again!

Pretty overgrown, especially between 1/4-3/4 up. Great views though. Make sure you take a quick detour to the west side of the saddle right before the peak to see some awesome views.

Wonderful views. Elevation gains are serious. You will definitely put some work in. Lots of switchbacks and vegetation grows very close to the trail in many places. You'll need to pay attention to footing as there is a lot of loose stone and rock on the trail.

horseback riding
4 months ago

9 riders on horseback enjoyed this trail. beautiful views to enjoys. give it a try you wont regret it.

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
bugs
over grown
private property
rocky
5 months ago

Let’s start with preparation on this. Knowing that this trail is a 20% grade (roughly) just know you are going to sweat A LOT. Bring 2 gallons of water per person no matter the body size/type at a minimum. Also, sunscreen if you would rather not put on, there is quite a bit of shade all of the way up. Definitely bring bug spray though. Keep in mind too, that to get to this trail, you need to start from the parking lot and loop all of the way around the small community right there. Once you drop into the back wash, there are 2 dogs and the beagle will howl at you. Don’t be afraid like me lol Scared the crap out of me because I was looking down at the rocks lol Overall, the trail is wide and easy to follow until approximately half way up. The trail gets super narrow within 3 feet wide and there are a lot of bushes growing into the trail itself. I will be going back through, just with pants this time instead of my usual shorts and a t shirt. There are quite a few super rocky areas there so certainly use caution especially if you have previous knee/ankle injuries. There are however, compacted areas with smaller rocks flowing through these sections as well so stepping over/climbing rocks is not necessarily necessary. If the trail halfway up wasn’t so overgrown, I would have given this a 5/5 stars. Just be sure to have some form of protection with you as I did see bear sign and also bobcats/mountain lions are known to this area. Whether it’s being in a group, bear mace, or firearms if you’re comfortable/legally allowed to carry one, knife, etc. definitely bring something just in case. There is also a large sign on the road when coming into the area about avoiding drug smugglers as well as illegal aliens so certainly stay on the cautionary side of that as well. All in all though, great experience!

hiking
off trail
rocky
6 months ago

It was solid and easy enough to follow a couple miles in but when the trail basically turns into the gorge, I had no idea where to go and went way outta the way.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

So, here's the deal...don't follow the google maps directions you'll get from the link here with the description, it'll take you almost 1/2 mile short and into the canyon bottom to an old game/hunting trail. Instead, follow the directions until you're on the dirt road headed back into the trail and then just keep driving until it ends. You'll know you're at the trail head because there's a parking lot big enough to turn a horse trailer around and several large signs. If you come to any forks in the dirt road, always stay right. Great hike, I did it several times when I was down in SV a coupe months ago...

From the Montezuma Pass this is a great hike to a Point of Interest at the Border Monument. The trail itself can be a little rocky and unstable in some places but generally it was very good hiking. Wildlife was not an issue and neither was crowding. If you drive up to the Montezuma Pass be aware that much of the road is unimproved and can be quite intimidating in any kind of inclement weather. Preferably take a x4 wheel vehicle! Cell phone reception is also spotty along this route.

on Miller Canyon Trail

hiking
7 months ago

This is a great trail great views. My GPS said 3.9 miles one way. It just seems longer because there is about 2900’ of total elevation gain. Forgot our sticks but made do with tree limbs. One of our favorites in the area

hiking
8 months ago

NOT moderate. Should be rated HARD. NOT 6.2 miles. Should be changed to 8. USFS signage says 4 mi to crest trail and Fitbit and Strava both say slightly more than 8 mi. AllTrails recording also comes up as more than 8 mi. Beautiful area and a fun hike but be aware that it is long and difficult. There are many trees down across the trail.

Soul food have done it twice. The first time I was lucky enough to go during the govt shut down and the gate was closed. It added an extra 8 miles but was totally worth it as your walking up the road through the canyon. Great transition of environments. Obviously some areas you can’t run but lots of hard pack that you can. And NO I can not run the whole thing but it has some great sections. Really fun trail.

hiking
9 months ago

If there is any wind down low, don’t attempt miller peak. The hike was glorious but only stayed at the peak for about two minutes since I froze my ass off. Take plenty of water and snacks.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a nice trail to hike with my dog. We hiked Papago Springs on a Sunday in March and only encountered two horseback riders, so traffic is light. Lots of cows and bulls though! GPS is a must for this loop! There’s no way we would have made it without GPS. We still had a hard time finding the trail at some points, and there are many crossings with other trails. The trail dips into a wash and runs in it multiple times, so the terrain is quite varied. Not a lot of elevation gain/loss though. We spent 4.5 hours on the trail and actually hiked 9.6 miles, probably because we got off trail so many times! Pro tip: visit a local vineyard afterwards and relax with a glass of wine!

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