Carr Peak

Sierra Vista, Arizona

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A day hike to the summit of Carr Peak. This trail begins at the historic Reef Mine and climbs to the summit of a 9,220-foot peak in the heart of the Huachucas. For most of its length, the trail crosses slopes that burned during the fire of 1977. The route offers one of the easiest ascents of a major peak in southern Arizona. It follows a rocky spur studded with wind-torn conifers to reach the summit. Here, a bald opening offers sweeping views of the tawny basins and hazy ranges in all directions: the Patagonias and Tumacacoris to the west, the Santa Ritas and Whetstones to the north, and the Dragoons and Chiricahuas along the eastern horizon.
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A day hike to the summit of Carr Peak. This trail begins at the historic Reef Mine and climbs to the summit of a 9,220-foot peak in the heart of the Huachucas. For most of its length, the trail crosses slopes that burned during the fire of 1977.

The route offers one of the easiest ascents of a major peak in southern Arizona. It follows a rocky spur studded with wind-torn conifers to reach the summit. Here, a bald opening offers sweeping views of the tawny basins and hazy ranges in all directions: the Patagonias and Tumacacoris to the west, the Santa Ritas and Whetstones to the north, and the Dragoons and Chiricahuas along the eastern horizon.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sierra Vista
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 2,020 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best March to December
Trailhead Elevation: 7,250 feet
Top Elevation: 9,220 feet
Local Contacts: Miller Peak Wilderness, Sierra Vista Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Miller Peak; Huachuca Mountain Hiker's map
Topo Map: Carr Peak Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

5/3/2008

Took an interesting route this time. We drove to the Reef Townsite Campground parking lot and from there hiked back down the road to the base of the hill and back up to the parking lot before heading up the trail to Carr Peak. This was 10 miles on the dirt road. It was pretty strenuous but adds some amazing views along the way. There were several others doing the same thing. Plus, you can stop off at the waterfall if you go at the right time of year. From the parking lot we headed up the trail. The first part of the trail is mostly loose rock, which sucks for hiking on, but after about 1/2 a mile the trail got better, though most of the trail is very rocky. The sights along the trail are breathtaking at times, especially on the backside looking into Miller Canyon. It is a bit discouraging to get to the last switch-back on the front of the mountain and realize you have to go around to the back in order to get to the top, but the views on that side more than make up for it. The trail is moderately strenuous (more so with a 10 mile hike before hand) and is a great day hike.

7/21/2007

Carr Peak is an excellent hike. If you want a bigger challenge, instead of heading directly up to Carr, pick up the 124 trail which will take you through Miller Canyon, up through a deciduous / coniferous mix forest and finally onto the crest trail. You'll hit Carr from the back side and it is well worth the effort.

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