hiking
13 days ago

AllTrails lists it as 10.1 miles but the suggested route isn’t the actual trail. This was over 12.5 miles round trip! Great hike, just wish the AllTrails map/data was more accurate.

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bugs
18 days ago

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no shade
28 days ago

great trail, good scenery and views, expect a climb!

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no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Super short, super scenic. After that fun switchbacking gravel mountain road - it was great to be able to make the last stretch up on foot. 360 degree views, you can't go wrong with this beauty. Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

03-31-20 Did this trail to Miller Peak today with my two dogs. Sky was overcast and temps were 51F - 67F. No snow and the creek is running. No wildflowers, either. This trail took a beating in our fire and flood of 2011. Older and weaker trees continue to get sacrificed in our high winds, but new growth is coming. Some of the mining equipment still lingers. The first mile is gradual, but it gets steep after that, oh my. The last two miles are now mostly exposed. This trail definitely deserves its "hard" rating. Took me eight hours for the 12 miles r/t to Miller Peak. It is four miles to Bathtub Springs.

Pleasant trail. Pretty rocky and narrow. Be aware you do have to cross a steam on the way in from Carr Canyon.

We hike up the 0.4 mile and were rewarded with an amazing 360 view. The road up is curvy, gravel and in most places wide enough for one car. If you are intimidated by the driving tight curving mountain roads let someone else drive. We drove our full sized crew cab truck up/down and really had no problems. The road is narrow, but well maintained. The hike up is easy, peasy. It is a narrow, well defined trail with steps in places. It is a constant incline (going up) with information boards about every 0.1 mile. Fantastic views from the top!!!

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rocky
snow
2 months ago

I took this trail to the Crest Trail and continued to Miller Peak (An additional mile with 800 ft more elevation) . Connie (from the previous review) was with me and knew the way. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. A nice challenging climb, but well worth it! Out an back (including Miller Peak) was about 7 hrs. Trekking poles are recommended for the long descent. Patchy snow near the peak, but not a lot.

hiking
2 months ago

We really enjoyed this trail. Great views. Lots of switchbacks on the climb made the uphill grade nice and steady. We combined Joe’s Canyon Trail with the Yaqui Ridge Trail (to see the International Boundary Marker) and the Coronado Peak Trail (to get great views from the summit). It was a good workout!

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rocky
3 months ago

Of all the eastern trails in the Huachuacas, the Lutz Canyon trail took the biggest hit in the 2011 Monument Fire. Once a lush mining road to Upper Bear Mine (2.7 miles from the trailhead), it's now growing back from that devastating wildfire and flood that altered the character of this trail. Scrub oak and manzanitas now hug the upper portions of this trail. Thanks to the local hiking club volunteers from the Huachuca Hiking Club late last fall, the trail has been cleared of downed trees and is hikeable again. Just be aware that this trail is the steepest trail to Miller Peak, and once a popular drug smuggling route from Mexico. Gun nuts are no longer allowed to shoot their weapons willie nillie, either; that law was changed in 2017 or so to allow the burned areas to grow back. And it is. The trail starts out with a gentle uphill for the first 0.6 mile. It then crosses the creek (look for the rock wall), and then the grade increases. After the second mile the grade increases some more. So yes, this trail is best done for well-conditioned hikers. I did this hike today with my three dogs, starting at noon and getting to the Crest trail at 3pm. I stopped at the Bear Mine so that the dogs could drink some water. This mine floods easily, and is also littered with trash and clothes from illegal border crossers. Hike with a buddy and hike with caution. I got phone reception once I got to the mine. I hit no snow until I got to the Crest Trail.

As day hikers we were only able to do a part of this section, but it was spectacular. Can’t wait to come back with backpacking gear!

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bugs
icy
rocky
3 months ago

Once again, great views and a lot of bang for you buck. It’s a short but steep hike with a great road up the pass as well.

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fee
scramble
3 months ago

Love this trail! Spectacular views. Easy with some slightly rolling hills. Started in Carr Canyon, then linked up to Lower Miller up to Clark Springs. Took me back to Carr. Great loop!

This trail is not in the National Memorial!

hiking
4 months ago

Check website. There is a shuttle seasonal.

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rocky
4 months ago

Distance aside this is definitely a moderate hike, it's basically a mile of stairs. If you are an experienced hiker it's nothing, it stairs, but if you are a tourist arriving on a shuttle it is going to be a tough trip up. But the drive up is beautiful and the view from the top is fantastic. There are info signs and benches along the way to rest. You are above the border and can see into Mexico to the south and the mountains of the park to the north. A must if you are visiting the park.

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off trail
4 months ago

5 months 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
5 months 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.

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rocky
6 months ago

This was a great hike! Be sure to do the Carr Peak Spur at the top, you get some great views. Be careful getting there, however. The road up to the trail head is extremely rocky and winding, it takes about an hour to get to the trailhead from Sierra Vista. I would only recommend an SUV or pickup truck to make the trip up. We hiked the 6 mile round trip with our dog in a little under 3 hours.

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