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

This is a difficult trail. My gps says this out-and-back hike is closer to a total of 12 miles from the parking lot with 4k feet of elevation gain. The Miller Canyon Trail is a mile-long trail of steady, but moderate incline. It’s very nicely shaded, and there’s a creek flowing down the canyon. Then you hit the Miller Peak Trail. The first 1.5-2 miles is pretty steep with switchbacks. Once you hit bathtub spring, basically at the junction to Carr Peak, you only got two miles to the peak.

hiking
5 months ago

It takes a little effort to get to the more interesting part of this trail, but it's cool once you do!

This is NOT a moderate hike - definitely strenuous with steep uphill grades, 20% at times. Especially if you continue on to Miller Peak. The trail is easy to follow though.The steepest part is the mile after the boiler up to the crest trail. On the positive side, it's definitely the most forested/shaded trail in the Huachucas. 12 miles up and back to the peak and 4,000 ft of elevation gain. The creek is running and so is tub springs.

10/10. Great trail.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

I've been to the top of Miller several times. I actually stayed overnight once when the fire lookout cabin was still there. That was pretty cool. This was my wife's first time up. We did it from the top of the Carr Canyon road which helps cut off some elevation, but lengthens the hike. That's actually where I have done it from before each time too. The first stretch of trail out of the car park area is really rocky. So when you return from the hike, this section is something you wish wasn't there. There are many sections of burned forest along this trail. It's a shame as it was a beautiful forest many years ago. The views are much better of course, but sad that the forest burned. When you get to the cut off to Carr Peak, the trail becomes fairly easy as it skirts around the south face of Carr Peak and descends slowly to another trail junction. Here the trail joins the Arizona National Scenic Trail for the rest of the way to Miller Peak. There is also a trail that goes down Miller Canyon. From here the trail is pretty easy as well as it follows a crest. Once at the base of Miller Peak, it is a pretty good climb to get to the top. With the fire lookout no longer there, it looks a lot different on top. Excellent views all around though. We did this in late May of 2015 and the lady bugs were all over the peak like they usually are. It is a long day for sure, so one needs to leave fairly early. Feet will be sore by the time you get back :)

hiking
Sunday, November 29, 2015