Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
2,559.00 ft (779.98 m)
Trail type
9.10 mi (14.64 km)
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Sunnyside Trail No. 117 is a 9-mile out-and-back trail that begins at the Scotia Canyon Trailhead and traverses through the Miller Peak Wilderness. The trail climbs toward the Huachuca Mountains, featuring switchbacks that lead to a junction with Crest Trail #103. From this vantage point, the expansive views stretch deep into Mexico, offering a breathtaking scene for hikers. Travelers have the option to return via the same route or continue on a more extensive exploration along the Crest Trail and its various branches.

The Miller Peak Wilderness, a segment of the vast Coronado National Forest, showcases dramatic landscapes that transition from desert scrublands at lower elevations to dense pine and fir forests at higher altitudes.

Sunnyside Trail No. 117 is marked by its challenging terrain, scenic vistas, and the chance to encounter the region's unique flora and fauna. It offers remarkable views of the wilderness, including peaks, canyons, and potentially sightings of local wildlife such as deer, birds, and other species native to Southern Arizona.

A highlight of the trail is its close proximity to Miller Peak, one of the tallest points in the Huachuca Mountains, which entices hikers with the prospect of panoramic summit views. Due to its elevation changes and rugged paths, the trail demands careful planning and is best suited for more seasoned hikers.

In the early 20th century, Sunnyside Canyon was a bustling area with copper mines, a sawmill, and a vibrant community. It has since evolved into a tranquil haven popular among bird-watchers and nature lovers.

The trail, shaded by sycamores and ponderosa pines, offers a leisurely walk beside a seasonal stream. This stream fosters a lush riparian habitat that is home to a variety of songbirds and wildlife.
Access to Sunnyside Trail No. 117 and the Miller Peak Wilderness might require a valid recreation pass or permit for parking and use. It's crucial to check the latest conditions, trail closures, and regulations with the Coronado National Forest Service before your hike to ensure both a safe and enjoyable outing that respects the natural beauty and conservation of the wilderness area.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Expansive Views. Desert Landscapes.


Can get hot and dry in the summer.

Trailhead Elevation

5,930.00 ft (1,807.46 m)

Highest point

8,943.00 ft (2,725.83 m)


Backcountry camping
Historically significant
Big vistas
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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