Carr Peak Trail is a 5.2 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.

5.2 miles
1,840 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips




wild flowers


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.

Beautiful hike with spectacular views!

27 days ago

This is one of of my favorite hikes I've ever done! If you can only do one hike in this area, I'd recommend this one! I went on a Friday afternoon in late September and only saw one person near the start of the trail.
It had so much variety; scenic vistas from the get-go, aspen groves, mountain meadows, and rocky outcrops. The grade was enough to feel challenging but not strenuous and some rocky/rubbly areas kept it interesting.
Just be aware that you have to drive up a narrow dirt switchbacking road to get to the trailhead.

5 months ago

Nice hike with good view

6 months ago

beautiful views all the way up. the trail is well defined but also a little rugged in spots to keep is interesting. it's worth noting my Garmin tracked it at just over 6 miles round trip. my hiking partners Fitbit tracked it at 6 as well

plan for about a 30 minute drive to the trailhead (starting when you enter Coronado). it's a pretty rough drive but my Chevy Cruze made it without much resistance.

definitely recommend

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Nice hike up and back. Great views all around. Only encountered 3 individuals on my way up and back. Of note is I was hot on the way up because I was protected from the wind. If you tend to sweat take a towel, extra shirt and maybe a windbreaker, after coming around to the windward side of the mountain it got pretty cool and windy.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Great views and had a lot of fun. Took my wife and I carrying our children in ospreys about 3.5 hours from the campground to the peak and back down. Total distance covered was just under 6 miles according to the garmin. Great time!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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.

Monday, July 24, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

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.


Friday, April 07, 2017

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

Sunday, April 02, 2017

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Nice hike & fun trails.

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.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

great hike

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pretty easy trail once you get past the "ankle breaking" rocks that litter the first mile or so.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Just went this weekend--Mid November and there was a light sprinkle of snow everywhere that was breath-taking. This is my go-to day hike as you can do it in half a day and still get other things done. It's about 5 miles round trip from the Sawmill trailhead. I brought all 3 dogs and we saw a few pretty birds and about 6 other hikers. I do this hike in about 4 hours stopping with dogs but I think one could easily do it in 3 really moving fast.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

I went during monsoon season so there was the bonus of a running waterfall but the down side of bush-wacking in snake country. I saw many birds, including several swooping birds of prey, but lucked out with the snakes this time. I only saw two other people on the trail the entire day. This is a nice hike; lots of switchbacks and changes of scenery to keep one satisfied and wondering what's around the corner. I hadn't done a hike in awhile so I found it moderate, but when I'm hiking regularly would consider this an "easy" hike. I parked at Ramsey and found it very convenient. I didn't notice anything at the summit other than gravel and lots of beautiful butterflies. I stayed up top for a bit and looked at my map and rested before descending. It took me about 4.5 hours but I was regularly stopping to take photos. A nice day hike.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Seems to be one of the more popular Huachuca trails as I've gone twice now and seen a good amount of people both times. A good distance and moderate hike with an outstanding view at the top, definitely worth doing.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Nice hike. Took the mom for mothers day. She survived. Anybody can.

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