Miller Creek Trail #28

Area Status: Open

This Rincon Mountain Wilderness trail provides access into the Saguaro National Park and, when combined with the Rincon Peak Trail, serves as the shortest route to the 8,482 foot summit. The first 1.5 miles of the route are located in the Coronado National Forest, following Miller Creek for about half that distance. This small stream and the riparian habitat it supports combine to provide a pleasant setting to just spend time birdwatching or enjoying the picturesque surroundings. Those passing through headed for destinations more distant will most likely appreciate them as well. To protect this pleasant but fragile environment, the area  is managed for low-impact recreation, so no horseback riding or mountain biking is permitted on this trail. After following the creek for a little over three quarters of a mile, the trail climbs along the canyon’s north ridge and enters the National Park bound for its junction with the Rincon Peak Trail. The Miller Creek Trail is a part of the Arizona National Scenic Trail.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Saguaro National Park restrictions: Camping in designated areas only. Must have a wilderness permit which is available at the Park Visitor Center.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motorized and mechanized vehicles and equipment, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness. Horses are not permitted on portions of this trail within the Saguaro National Park. Saguaro National Park restrictions: No hunting, weapons, pets or bicycles. For more information on the National Park, contact  Saguaro National Park.
Water: Purification of water is recommended prior to use.
Operated By: Santa Catalina Ranger District

General Information

Directions: Drive east from 39 miles from Tucson on Interstate 10 to the J-Six-Mescal road exit (#297). Turn north on the Mescal Road and continue 16 miles to the large National Park Service "Miller Creek Trail" sign. Turn left and travel 0.2 mile to the trailhead.


Day Hiking

Desert riparian area. Access to Saguaro National Park. Arizona Trail segment. Access to Rincon Peak. 1.5 miles of this trail on the Coronado National Forest, and 1.4 of those miles are within the Rincon Mountain Wilderness. When hiking in remote areas go with a companion whenever possible. Always tell someone where you’ve gone and when you expect to return. USGS Map(s): Happy Valley
Elevation desc 4,200 - 6,200 feet
Difficulty Level: More Difficult


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  Area/Length : 
4.4 miles

  Elevation : 
4,200 feet - 6,200 feet