Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful

hiking
1 month 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.

Trail is well marked and the views are great. However I would suggest that you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get to the trail head. The road to the trail head is not for the faint at heart. I questioned at times while driving to the trail head if it was worth the risk. There is a sign at the bridge that this road is not intended for passenger vehicles. One lane dirt road makes it difficult if you meet someone coming in the opposite direction.

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.

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

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, though definitely on the easier side as it's largely designed for horses vice hikers. Could possibly even tackle a large portion of the trail and area on a mountain bike, though with the amount of horses around I would stress that any MTB'ers should be careful about flying through the single track sections. Overall it was very beautiful and a good way to spend the afternoon. Did the whole 8.6 mi in just under 3 hours, not counting my stops for pictures or to explore areas.

Not a lot of elevation gain throughout the area, though there are a handful of large rock outcroppings that I stopped and did some bouldering on. Nothing too crazy technical, but the rocks were the perfect grippiness to explore and make your own lines where ever. I think you'd have a lot of snakes around those boulders in the warmer months, so be wary.

hiking
2 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!

hiking
3 months ago

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

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.

This is my preferred trail up to Carr Peak. While it does immediately start out with a. .3-mile steep and Rocky grade, there is a year-round spring at the half-mile mark (before entering the Miller Wilderness) where I stop to let my dogs drink and splash around. The spring is reinforced with a black tub. This trail joins the main trail and the Ramsey Vista trail at the .75- mile mark. There is ample parking at the trailhead across from the group campground.

mountain biking
4 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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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.

hiking
6 months ago

Great walk with the dog.

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mountain biking
8 months ago

Not for the beginner allot of steep sections on the trail.

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.

hiking
8 months ago

Very nice, but tough trail! Right now it has some vegetation making parts of the trail hard to follow.

backpacking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

Took on Miller Canyon last week. It was definitely tougher than I thought. couldn't get to the last 2 miles due to weather that moved in. But 8 miles total for the round trip was plenty. Great trail with tons of steady elevation through out, nice vegetation and well tended trail way. Recommend if you get a very early start during monsoon (July/August), otherwise afternoon weather will interrupt your hike.

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

2.5 hours, just over 5.3 miles, 784 feet elevation gain. Starting from Brown Canyon Ranch house, between the windmill and the modular bathroom is where this trail starts. Fairly easy going for the first mile. The trail forks to the right and to the left. The left trail seems to be utilized by mountain bikers. Keep to the right. and follow the black poly pipe. At the apex of the trail there seems to be some old 'gazebo' and a concrete water trough. Had water in it along with other water bugs and algae. There is a larger 'dirt road' that's actually brown canyon road that will take you back around. It's littered with quartz crystal mine tailings for a good mile. This trail is high enough where you can get another aerial look at the aerostat blimp. As you get closer to Ramsey canyon theres a point of the trail that gets really rough near some houses. It looks as if the road was re-routed through private property and the public road / trail was eroded very badly. It appeared as if there were some attempts at either controlling the erosion or keeping vehicles off the road. Keep straight, the bad section is maybe 200' Eventually this stretch turns to sandy road and not to long after that you will hit Ramsey Canyon pavement where you walk back down to the Ranch house maybe a mile away.

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

We did this hike a few years ago. Nice canyon. I think we saw one other person that day that was it. I have hiked over here quite a bit, but had never taken this trail. We were trying for Miller peak, but when we got to the crest trail at the top of Miller Canyon, the wind was ridiculous. Again, to many nice days to hike than have to tolerate that kind of wind. There were some sketchy spots of snow along the trail beyond too that we didn't feel like sliding down. So we turned around and headed back down. Good trail up through the canyon though.

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 :)

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

I hiked this trail twice. It's a beautiful change to see the lovely trees and great vistas. I would recommend starting at the Brown Canyon Ranch and hiking up to where the trail intersects 3 other trails (about 2.5 miles) and then down again. Much more scenic than completing the loop.

hiking
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

This is a great trail to hike in December. I only made it 3/4 of the way before it started to get dark I had to turn around. The temperature also was noticeably cooler as I went up the mountain. Come prepared with a fleece!

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