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Upper Ramsey Canyon

Huachuca Mountains

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Total Length4.6 miles
Highest Elevation:7400 feet
Lowest Elevation:6840 feet
Elevation Change:560 feet
Difficulty Rating:C
Best Seasons:Spring Summer Fall
Hiking Time:3 hours
Dogs:Dogs allowed

This hike is a great way to get away from the heat in the summer. Its high and cool, there are some nice shady parts, and the scenery is about as good as it gets.

Directions to Trailhead

•The last few miles to the trailhead are a rough dirt road. It can be done in a passenger car, but a high clearance vehicle is preferable.

•From the intersection of Tanque Verde and Grant/Kolb, head south on Kolb all the way down to I-10. Get on I-10 east and go for about 35 miles.

•From I-10 take exit 302 for Highway 90 South to Kartchner Caverns and Sierra Vista.

•Stay on 90 all the way to Sierra Vista, making no turns.

•When Highway 90 takes off to the left (in the outskirts of Sierra Vista), go straight on Buffalo Trail Road. As an alternative, you can turn left and stay on Highway 90 as it loops around town; you will end up in the same place, it's just a bit longer.

•Keep going south on Buffalo Trail Road along the west edge of town for a number of miles.

•Turn right on Highway 92 at a stoplight and go south for just under 4 miles.

•Turn right on Carr Canyon Road (FR 368). The Mesquite Tree Restaurant is on this corner on the right side of the highway.

•Carr Canyon Road becomes gravel after a few miles, and then becomes very narrow and rough. It climbs steeply up the side of the mountain for a number of miles.

•Go past the Reef Townsite campground.

•About one mile past the Reef Townsite campground park at a parking lot just before the Ramsey Vista campground. There is a marked trailhead very near the parking lot, but, if you are going down the Comfort Springs Trail, the better trailhead is at the far end of the campground, about 150 yards from the parking lot.

Trail Description

Comfort Spring Trail, FS #109
(Ramsey Vista Campground to Hamburg Trail)

Sign at the Ramsey Vista trailhead.

Miller Peak Wilderness boundry.

Close up of the cliffs on the opposite side of the canyon.

Comfort Spring doesn't seem to have any water in it these days.

Approaching the saddle before dropping into Ramsey Canyon.

The trail near the bottom of the canyon.

Length: 2.3 milesHiking Time: 1.5 hours
Highest point: 7400 feetLowest point: 6840 feet
Trail goes downhill

From the Ramsey Vista parking lot cut through the campground to its far end, where you will see a sign for the Comfort Spring Trail (see picture).

The trail winds downhill through manzanita and occasional small pines. Pretty quickly you come to a sign marking the boundry of the Miller Peak Wilderness.

Continue downhill. There are great views of the cliffs off to your right from this stretch.

At the bottom of the descent you pass a little green nook that looks like there should be a stream running through it, but there isn't. From here the trail starts to climb.

After a short time of climbing you come to Comfort Spring, which didn't have any water when I was there in August of 2003.

The trail continues climbing through brush until it crosses the ridgeline in scattered pines. From here the trail begins a long descent into the lush and spectacular Ramsey Canyon.

Its a fairly long descent down into the canyon, but there is well developed pine forest along the lower stretches that give good shade. The views are inspiring.

The trail ends at the junction with the Hamburg Trail (FS 122) at the canyon bottom. There is a stream with some water pools (August), big pines for shade, and a number of level spots for camping. Its a beautiful spot.

The signs at the trail junction say its 2.4 miles to Ramsey Canyon Road downcanyon, and 1.5 miles to the Crest Trail (FS 103) upcanyon.



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