Summary: Miller Peak is the tallest Peak in the Huachuca Mountains. At an elevation of 9,466 ft, it is the highest southern most peak in the US.
From the trailhead at Montezuma Pass, the Crest Trail starts out on grassy slopes spotted with agave and yucca. As the trail gains elevation, on its way to the main ridgeline, several open-shaft mines are passed within several feet of the trail. Once the main ridgeline is reached, many nice views of mountainous terrain are visible. As the trail traverses around the northwest side of the mountain, you will slowly become engulfed in a canopy of pine trees and most vistas will be obscured. The trail is very easy to follow and very well marked with signs. When you are 1/2 miles away from the summit, a trail marker points to where the Miller Peak Trail diverges from the Crest trail and heads to the rocky summit. On the summit you will enjoy spectacular 360-degree vistas of all the surrounding mountain ranges.
Trailhead: From Sierra Vista, follow AZ92 south for about 15 miles, then turn right on the Coronado National Memorial road. Continue 8.2 miles to Montezuma Pass, this is where the trailhead is located. (Lat:31.35051 Lon:-110.28559)
Trail Guides for Miller Peak: Huachuca Crest Trail:
by Bruce Grubbs and Stewart Aitchision (The Globe Pequot Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Rob Brinkerhoff, who has posted 33 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by DPM on 9/9/2012
Loved the hike! Made summit from montezuma pass in 1.5 hours and also some great sections for rock scrambling. Very clean and the surrounding views were incredible. Got winded relatively easy since it was my first time above 1km. Did the whole hike in just under 3 hours.
Reviewed by Warren on 7/13/2012
After a night of monsoons the trail was cool and damp. We started at the Crest Trail sign which notes 5.3 miles to Miller Peak. This is the the first segment of the Arizona Trail. It was lush and green, flowered and very scenic though there is still obvious fire damage. It was trashless . We started at 530 and were back down at 1030 after a lunch up top.
Reviewed by Doug on 4/12/2012
Hiked the Crest Trail to Miller peak in April,2012. Terrific vistas of Mexico and surrounding southern Arizona. You can see for what seems like a 100 miles in every direction. The fire damage in the area from the 2011 fire is extensive, but someone has given the trail a lot of TLC. Wish we could have seen the mountain before the fire, but still a worthwhile trek. Some minimal illegal â€œleft-oversâ€ but nothing like others reported in 2009 and earlier. Heavy border patrol presence in the area.
Reviewed by scuji on 4/15/2011
Did Miller Peak April 2, 2011. Strenuous hike but well worth it. No trash other than the empty water bottle that fell out of my pocket somewhere on the way up. For those with weak knees, take your poles for the trek back down.
Reviewed by Pete on 12/14/2010
Just hiked solo to Miller Peak today via Lutz route. Great news! No trash, well maintained trails, and no illegals! Even the two mines had been cleared out. A big thank you to those who worked hard to beautify this hike and make it safe. Get out there and enjoy it! Let's all help keep it this safe and clean.
Reviewed by JP on 4/25/2010
"if the Border Patrol are aware of this activity, why are they not doing something about it?" Up there every day looking for them. Biggest game of hide and seek, and if you have been up there you can see how easy it is to hide. Great hiking just be careful.
Reviewed by Mikael on 4/17/2010
The hike itself isn't that bad, as most people have mentioned, you'll see a bunch of trash, everywhere. Other than that, I don't have any complaints. The hike is really about 11miles, 5.3mi one way. It took my group who wasn't acclimated outside of sea-level about 6hr 45min. I would highly recommend this to any person in the Fort Huachuca/Sierra Vista area.
Reviewed by Sirena on 2/15/2010
Beautiful trail with great views, but it is a shame that it is being used as a freeway for illegal people/drug smuggling. Like many have said, bring an extra trash bag and try to carry some out with you. And now for the big question... if the Border Patrol are aware of this activity, why are they not doing something about it?
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