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Miller Peak Professional Review and Guide
"This trek uses the southern leg of the Huachuca Crest trail, which follows the top of the range to reach Miller Peak. There are a large number of old mine and prospect sites along this well-maintained trail, and the sweeping views of the surrounding country never stop. Miller Peak is the highest point in the Huachuca Mountains, and from its summit hikers can get a 360-degree view that encompasses most of south-central Arizona.The trail begins at Coronado National Memorial and traverses northward across the grassy slopes bordering Montezuma Pass. Scattered live oaks interrupt the grasslands, providing pockets of shade along the route. The path makes a brief sojourn on the ridgetop, where it reveals views of the Sierra Madres to the southwest. To the east San Juan Peak is framed by the sloping walls of Montezuma Canyon. Both of these massifs rise south of the Mexican border."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country (Falcon Guides).
It's 2,800 ft up over 5.3 miles on the way out, and you lose it on the way back, but it's not too difficult. The vistas are great. There were patches of snow and big trees near the summit. Bring a garbage bag to clean the trail near the 4-mile point; that jct is on an illegal route from Mexico. (Note the Border Patrol at the trailhead.) Still, the trail seems perfectly safe, and it's really enjoyable.
Trails.com has been informed that sections of Coronado National Memorial, especially the Cave and Cave Trail, were closed indefinitely due to flooding in summer 2006.
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