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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!

PeakMule

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!

RedRoxx44

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!

belexes

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

streeyyrMiller Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 15, 1991

streeyyr

A large and impressive Ultra-Prominent Peak.
Posted Jan 22, 2005 11:06 pm

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