Carr Peak Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews
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Carr Peak Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hereford, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1850 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Sierra Vista: Drive south of Sierra Vista 7 miles on AZ Highway 92 to the Carr Canyon Road (FR 368). Follow FR 368 about 6.5 miles to the Old Sawmill Spring Trailhead across from the entrance to Reef Townsite Campground. The Carr Peak Trailhead is located at a parking lot just outside the entrance to Ramsey Vista Campground at the end of FR 368. Carr Peak Spur is accessible via the Carr Peak Trail.

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4 days ago

Beautiful and everyone had a blast, except when the rain came in as soon as we hit the peak, so it was a little soggy coming down. no LTs died.

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23 days ago

Read: Trailhead has a 5 mile steep dirt road leading up to it, don't think you can just drive up there with your economy rental vehicle! We went during monsoon season, so we parked our dinky car at the parking lot at the bottom of the canyon to avoid unexpectedly getting stuck up at the campgrounds. It took us 2 hours to reach the trailhead with pictures. Beautiful views all throughout the hike! halfway to the trailhead is a lookout spot for a waterfall. Trail meets the moderate profile, other than the lack of oxygen, there was nothing too difficult. Be prepared to hike 16 miles if you don't have a truck/4x4 during monsoon season. Ran across about a dozen hikers on a Saturday so great if you're paranoid about an unexpected emergency. Sighted only one rattlesnake but didn't cause any problems. Theres an outhouse at the trailhead with no water point, be sure to bring enough food and water for the entire trip.

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24 days ago

This was an awesome hike. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. There are 2 trail heads close to the terminus of a well managed dirt road which can be negotiated in a 2WD. We camped at Reef Townsite all weekend, enduring heavy bouts of rain, and the road was just as good going down.

We started out about 11:30 AM from the Reef Townsite trailhead (Sawmill Springs Trail) and shortly encountered the main Carr Trail, about 3/4 mile in. This way in brings you by the spring, which provides ice cold water good for soaking hats and neckerchiefs. Came across a few parties going up, but saw nobody on the way down. I expected more people given the proximity to the town of Sierra Vista, but it was pretty rainy this day.

The scenery is fantastic and the landscape changes quickly. The trail is at times thin and rocky, and then opens into glades and meadows then thickets. At one point there is a beautiful aspen grove which sings in the wind. About a half mile from the peak, the clouds rolled in on us. It was amazing, even though the thunder was ominous. We were enveloped in a cool mist which soon broke into a good steady rain. We were drenched!

We made the summit in patchy rain and scattered clouds. It was about 55 degrees, and every plant was swarming with mating ladybugs. There was nobody behind us, and so we had the summit to ourselves. Very cool experience. Everyone in our group loved it, dogs included.

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1 month ago

Went on a cool day with lots of cloud coverage and it was perfect. The views are incredible and it wasn't too hard of a hike, I'm sure on a hot day it would have been a lot harder. I'm definitely coming back soon

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3 months ago

Nice hike although at 60 years old I was breathing heavily at several times. (which is good)
The Trail itself is quite Rocky with very few spots with no rocks.

The drive up to the starting spot is 30 minutes so put that in your schedule.

We did the entire hike in 3 hours.

Enjoy!

4 months ago

Great trail. Remember to pay the day use fee at the trail head.

4 months ago

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4 months ago

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10 months ago

Nice hike & fun trails.

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11 months ago

Sunday, August 07, 2016

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Friday, August 05, 2016

Trail was a little overgrown, but still easy to follow. Great views from the top. I will definitely do this one again in the fall.