Agua Caliente Hill Trail is a 9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Excellent trail -- last mile or so to the summit is steep! Not the trail to hike in the hot sun! Lots of different and interesting terrain.
Definite wildcat territory at the summit. Great wildlife: Gila monster, Tortoise, and a Gray Hawk!
Nice easy trail! Great to just relax
Just keep going. Follow the signs. Awesome view. Sign in at the top. Someone left a container there years ago. It is all of 4.5 miles one way also.
It was OK. Went with a hiking club.
Good time to be out in the saguaro jungle. Flowers are just starting to bloom, temperature is temperate, breeze is cool, people and dogs are friendly. Our only hiccup was reading the All Trails map literally, a 4.5 mile hike; actually 4.5 miles up and 4.5 miles back. Ran into another couple using the all trails app who was similarly confused. Won't make that mistake again.
What an amazing day to experience this trail, April 1st. The colors included lots of oranges with every Ocotillo in full bloom, desert poppies, little purple flowers were abundant and many more. The greens were deep and vibrant. The hike was difficult but worth it. 360 views at the top, glad I was able to take my time and enjoy.
Fun trail with lots of steep hills to climb, does not get boring.
I went on this hike at the end of January (2016) and it was a lot of fun! There was a pool of water that the dogs got to trek through. It was perfect for the dogs, we took them off leash for majority of the time (which means there were not that many people). The last .5 is hard! Bring lots of water and don't be surprised if it gets a little caliente!
The last mile or so of the trail is brutal, but otherwise really nice. Wear good shoes and bring plenty of water. There's no shade pretty much the whole way up so sun protection is a must. I went mid-day so it was a bit hot. I'd recommend doing it in colder months if you're bringing a dog. Views are really nice the whole way up.
Definitely a hard hike during that last 0.5 to the summit. I mean it was extremely difficult! Very remote and beautiful... I didn't see anyone out there and felt so far away from Tucson. Worth the effort and bring more water than you initially think you'll need.
Take the dog. This trail is in a saguaro forest. Wear sturdy shoes as this trail is mostly rock, much of it loose. Teddy bear Cholla next to the trail as well as grabby Wait-a-minute Bush. Great views everywhere as you climb looking over Tucson and canyons east of the ridge. Cow pond at 2 miles that many use as a turn around, only water occasionally. Horse use legal but never seen one here. Tricky to find, off Ft Lowell, left on Remunda and stay trending north to parking/trail head.
Did this trail this morning. The way point is a county maintained parking lot, so easy to park. The trail is about 4.5 miles long, perhaps a bit longer ( 9+ miles round trip). Starts at around 2900 ft and tops out at 6000 ft, so a nice day hike. Took me about 2 hours out, a bit less coming back. Be warned, not a lot of shade, so start early like I did or do some time other then summer. Betty Leavengood's book "Tucson Hiking Guide" has a nice write up.
Tough trail once you pass the 3 mile mark and head up the summit. Well worth the feeling after completing the summit. Wonderful views once you reach the top. Definitely worth the time and effort to complete.
9.7 round trip . Took us 4 hours. Beautiful scenery! Pretty tough climbs at times. Will definitely do it again.