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seanoCarr Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2015


Biked up from the winter gate, then hiked the trail, tagging Carr along the way. It seems about the same amount of effort as Miller Canyon, but you get an extra peak for free. Trip report.
Posted Jan 16, 2015 2:19 pm

boisedocLutz Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2014


not sure I would recommend this route. The trail in the lower canyon has been washed out quite a bit and even with some cairns, can be hard to follow. It is also overgrown with cacti and other thorny vegetation. It has also burned at some point so there is very little shade anymore. The upper half of the trail is still overgrown but not too bad. After the junction with the trail coming from Montezuma Pass, things are much more pleasant. No trash and did not see a soul on a Saturday. Pretty good summit views but a little on the windy side. I think that starting at Montezuma Pass is probably the way to go for this peak.
Posted Nov 4, 2014 11:59 pm

Tyler W WaglandReally gneiss peak!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2014

Tyler W Wagland

We were somewhat apprehensive re: climbing Miller Peak from Montezuma Pass...namely the history of illegal traffic and the trash they left behind. Our hike though, was awesome: no illegal activity & absolutely NO TRASH! We met one border patrol agent a mile up the trail & we had a brief chat...no recent illegal activity...he also was unaware of the "garbage junction" mentioned on this page.

Great hike, beautiful autumn day, cool summit w/ outstanding views!

We saw only one person all day- an Arizona Trail thru-hiker who just so happened to be finishing this day!

One final comment: a SPECTACULAR looking natural rock ARCH we spotted about 1.5 mi in, down between the ridges to the east of the trail. I googled for an hr & found absolutely no mention of it. It reminded me of Utah's Delicate Arch. To reach it I presumed a bushwhack from the road up an adjacent stream bed *(I saw water glistening near it at 8AM that morning.)would be the best approach attempt; if anyone is aware of its existence please contact me..I might go back & get close! My photo *(not great without a telephoto lens) is posted...check it out!
Posted Oct 30, 2014 6:25 pm

louhibbardTrail clean now
Date Climbed: May 19, 2012
Hiked from Montezuma Pass - trail very clean now. Felt safe parking at Montezuma Pass with all the border patrol parked there. Nicely laid out trail.
Posted May 21, 2012 11:02 pm

patdarcyVia Montezuma Pass  Sucess!


Impressive climb. Perfect weather and absolutely no wind made this a worthy experience.
Posted Feb 21, 2012 8:49 pm

CastillejaMiniataSlept up top.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2010


Done with Wawa below me. The low didn't even hit freezing in December at 9,500'. Perfect end to an arduous journey.
Posted Feb 23, 2011 2:27 am

LadyWawaSummit Slumber!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2010


I slept on the summit during my final night on the Arizona Trail. Really amazing sunset, sunrise and nighttime views! It was not too windy to camp up there either. I did see a lot of discarded Mexican junk food though, with a trail up the other side of the summit from Mexico I think.
Posted Jan 27, 2011 1:36 pm

SierraSunrise85Via Montezuma Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2010


Working out at Coronado NM and decided to bag Miller. Started from Montezuma Pass via the Crest trail, got up in a little over 1.5 hours, but it was hot. Up and back in 4 hours with time for a nice picnic on the summit. Only saw one other pair of hikers and a couple border patrol on the way back. Definitely one of the more trashed wilderness areas thanks to the UDA trash all over the mountain.
Posted Sep 5, 2010 3:45 pm

sbkelleyMiller Peak via Carr Peak Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2010


Wonderful way to escape the heat...110 in the Valley that day, but nice down south and up high. Cruised to the top of Carr first, then enjoyed great views along the spine of the Huachucas. We came across a lone hiker near the Crest-Carr Trail junction - he said he'd encountered 8 illegals heading north directly towards us. Tanya and I must have made enough noise since we saw no sign of them. The cool, breezy summit of Miller offers some spectacular panoramic vistas. Back to the car at Ramsey Canyon CG in just over 5 hours.
Posted Jun 29, 2010 8:05 pm

EpicaChristmas on Miller Peak!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 25, 1993


My first Christmas in Arizona... and I spent it on top of Miller Peak!
Posted Sep 21, 2009 11:25 pm

oldaditLead the way ...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 1996


Sarah and I hiked this peak from Montezuma Pass.
On the descent Sarah saw a rattler near the trail,
hopped up, and spun her wheels in the air.
After that I got to go first.
Posted Aug 5, 2008 6:28 pm

hans.schenkVia Montezuma Pass  Sucess!


Backpacked this with a buddy.
Posted Sep 26, 2007 10:29 pm

Dennis PoulinCarr Mtn Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2006

Dennis Poulin

Cold on top with the wind blowing. Great hike though with fantastic views.
Posted Nov 22, 2006 5:52 pm

DeanCarr Canyon route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2006


SP'er Dennis Poulin and I drove up the Carr Canyon road and slept in our vehicles at the Reef Campground. Parked at the Carr Peak TH and hiked up via the Carr Peak trail and linked into the Crest trail (103) that leads to Miller Peak. Lots of illegal's debris found as we got closer to the peak on a very windy but still nice day. Saw no illegals but it is sad that this really neat trail has this negative aspect. The views from the top of Miller are outstanding. I loved the hike. 12 miles with 3200 feet of elevation gain.
Posted Nov 19, 2006 8:45 pm

surgentHot day enlivened by the BP and some illegals!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2005


My wife and I spent our second wedding anniversary in Sierra Vista with plans to hike Miller. We chose the Montezuma Trail from the south, and started up around 8 a.m. in warm weather. Once on the main ridge the weather just got plain hot, but some developing clouds occasionally occulded the sun. We met a couple scouts/agents/coyotes - whatever you want to call them. They were heading south - toward Mexico. I know enough Spanish to make simple conversation. We wanted no part of them and they no part of us, so after some 'buenas dias' we went on our own way. Later, while descending, we came upon two fully armed (and armored) BP agents searching for a 'party of 20'. We told them what we'd seen - three hours earlier. They chatted with us then hiked south, essentially giving us an armed sweep and escort off the mountain. We asked if we were in any danger and they said no, hikers are very safe - the crossers will go to any length to avoid meeting with hikers. However, leaving your car at the TH might be tempting - maybe. Use general caution here.
Posted Oct 10, 2006 5:13 pm

LandonQRoute Climbed: Montezuma Pass Date Climbed: 11-27-05  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2005
Chris and I summitted Miller Peak on 11-25-05. We had a great hiked despite the blustery wind conditions compiled with the mostly exposed trail going from Montezuma Pass. Miller was our second choice for a hike because the two trails up Mount Wrightson were both closed due to damage from an earlier forrest fire. Only saw two other people during the hike, a ranger and later a man with his dog (and beer) near the summit. No sight of illegal immigrants but lots of trash throughout. The landscape was incredible...high forests, scrubland with incredible views of the surrounding valleys including sightlines well into Mexico. It was great seeing Mount Wrightson, Mount Lemmon, and Baboquivari Peak from a new perspective. Would definitely recommend Miller Peak
Posted Nov 28, 2005 2:26 pm

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: Crest Trail from Montezuma Pass Date Climbed: May 25, 2005  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

Duane and I hiked Miller Peak for our fifth Ultra-prominence peak in four days as part of our SW Ultra sweep of nine such peaks in nine days. We had been told by Tucson's Andy Martin that this trail is frequented by illegals, as it begins within a very short distance of the Mexican border. When we got high on the peak we indeed found much debris strewn under the trees in places. Then at the junction of the trail to the summit we encountered a group of illegals who had quickly attempted to hide when they heard us approaching. We headed on up the trail to the summit, and while there a border patrol helicopter appeared and began scouring the ridges and hillsides looking for the group. We weren't quite sure how to handle this situation, but on the theory that they would scatter and hide out alone, we headed back down to where the chopper was patrolling. At one point we made ourselves obvious so they would see who was with the car down at the trailhead, then continued on down the trail, taking quite a few photos of the chopper as it came near, until we were gone from the area. As we descended the record temperatures started to become very uncomfortable, but happily a thunderstorm was forming up on the peak, and the clouds soon blotted out the sun to make our journey much more comfortable. Enjoyable mountain.
Posted Jun 4, 2005 12:26 am

PeakMuleRoute Climbed: Lutz Canyon Date Climbed: May 08 2005  Sucess!


Picked the Lutz Canyon trail by process of elimination: Montezuma Pass sees too much smuggling activity; Ramsey Vista requires you to drive up much of the elevation gain; and Miller Canyon just didn't look appealing on the topo map. That left Lutz Canyon. It's pretty good aerobic exercise if you hustle, and a nice, shady trail for much of the climb to the Crest Trail junction. I'll add Lutz as a route for the benefit of peakbaggers-on-a-schedule--it's just three hours up, two down, 9.4 miles roundtrip with 3765 feet of elevation change.
Posted May 9, 2005 12:28 pm

RedRoxx44Route Climbed: Crest Trail 103 Date Climbed: February 27 2005  Sucess!


From Montezuma Pass parking; 10.3 miles RT with about 3000 gain, 3000 loss on a well defined trail. Lots of use by illegal immigrants; this is not a good solo hike. Great weather, clouds, views, snow right at summit with no evidence of trail; followed old footprints to old fire lookout and peak register.

Lots of trash on trail.
Posted Mar 1, 2005 6:37 am

belexesRoute Climbed: Miller Canyon Date Climbed: Spring 1993  Sucess!


I summitted Miller with my Boy Scout troop, Troop 444 of Sierra Vista. I had a cold, so it was slow going. I was one of the last of the troop to reach the summit, where I took a short nap before heading down. I attempted Miller on November 2, 2004, but it was very windy up on the ridge and I wussed out before I got anywhere near the top.
Posted Jan 23, 2005 8:22 pm

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