3 miles
Distance
2,778 ft
Climb
-22 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point
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Miller Canyon Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Miller Peak Wilderness
    Sierra Vista, Arizona
  • Ref Number
    #106
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Hiking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager
    U.S. Forest Service

A fine riparian area, plenty of evidence of the area’s mining past and good views from the Huachuca Crest are some of the rewards you’ll reap along this trail. After detouring around a piece of private property, the trail drops back into Miller Canyon to follow what was once an old mining road. The trail passes the remains of the townsite of Palmerlee and a number of abandoned mining digs as it slants steadily up the canyon. Down in the bed of Miller Creek, which usually has water in it year-round, you’ll be able to see lengths of the old carbon steel pipe which were placed here in the nineteenth century to carry water to the boomtown of Tombstone. Along lower stretches of the trail, large old sycamore trees shade the streambed, and sunlight filters down through the limbs of tall Douglas-firs. There are a number of bigtooth maples along the streambed in this area, too, making it a colorful place to visit in mid to late October when the leaves of these trees paint the canyon in hues of orange, red and yellow. After crossing the stream several times, the trail switchbacks its way up the north side of the canyon into an area that was burned by a large forest fire in 1977. Here, you’ll find good views down-canyon of the San Pedro Valley and the Mule Mountains around Bisbee while Miller Peak stands high above the canyon rim to the southwest. From this point, the trail continues to climb, visiting the stream a couple of more times and passing several more old mine sites before it intersects the Crest Trail #103 high in the Huachucas.

Access Info

Directions: Drive south of Sierra Vista on AZ Highway 92 about 9 miles to the Miller Canyon Road (FR 56). Follow FR 56 to the parking area at the end of the road.

Disclaimer

Motorized and mechanized vehicles and equipment, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness. See the Wilderness section of this guide for more wilderness rules and ethics.

More Stats for Miller Canyon Trail hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    2,756 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,803 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,803 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,560 ft
  • Grade
    16.8%
  • Grade max
    -8.9%
  • Grade min
    43.6%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    453 ft
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