Phoenix: David Miller Loop

Named after a Forest Service employee who disappeared while hiking in the late 1990s, this 6.5-mile loop links rugged high desert terrain with deep, cool forest.
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Named after a Forest Service employee who disappeared while hiking in the late 1990s, this 6.5-mile loop links rugged high desert terrain with deep, cool forest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.4

Waypoints

DML001

Location: 34.9300689697266, -111.806716918945

Trailhead: Cross creek to rusted sign for Secret Canyon Trail

DML002

Location: 34.9367599487305, -111.809020996094

Red canyon wall rises on R

DML003

Location: 34.9382705688477, -111.809967041016

Continue straight @ junction with H.S. Trail

DML004

Location: 34.9517822265625, -111.82022857666

R @ sign for David Miller Trail

DML006

Location: 34.9594535827637, -111.82048034668

Trail climbs tight switchbacks

DML007

Location: 34.9609107971191, -111.819732666016

Saddle: Look back for stunning views of red-rock country; trail descends through forest below

DML008

Location: 34.9625663757324, -111.819000244141

R @ signed junction with Bear Sign Trail; hike through thick pine forest

DML009

Location: 34.9534645080566, -111.811637878418

Pine forest gives way to cypress; trail parallels and repeatedly crosses seasonal creek

DML010

Location: 34.9480361938477, -111.796241760254

Trail partially washed out; follow cairns

DML011

Location: 34.9455642700195, -111.794937133789

Keep straight after Bear Sign trail marker

DML012

Location: 34.9372901916504, -111.794776916504

Turn R to follow FR 152 one mile back to trailhead

DML005

Location: 34.9575614929199, -111.820213317871

Forest yields to knee-high brush