Agua Caliente Hill Trail is a 8.5 mile heavily 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 best used from October until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,880 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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hiking
no shade
6 days ago

Beautiful hike, great views. Trail well marked, no complicated wayfinding needed. Excellent views throughout, some great rock outcroppings. Very little traffic today in early morning, 5/28/20. Somewhat buggy this time of year w gnats.

1 month ago

Did this trail last year on a rainy day with my brother and got to see snow fall on top of the final hill. Great trail and beautiful area and decent views. Not wise to hike in rain but we're not beginners and are well prepared

horseback riding
scramble
1 month ago

This is listed as a horse trail. No way is it suitable for horses. We started up and got to very very steep stairs. Very dangerous for horses and luckily ours are trained to turn around on their hocks in a very narrow space.

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
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rocky
1 month ago

Completed 04/25/2020: What a beautiful hike with amazing views throughout the entire trail. It was a fairly secluded hike as we only saw about 8 people, and that was all within the first mile. We completed the trail to the summit which has amazing 360 degree views of the the Catalinas, the Rincons, and overlooking the city of Tucson. The trail is very easy to follow and is ever changing, between stair at the beginning, to large rocky terrain, to loose rock. The most challenging parts of the trail were the first half mile (stairs), and the last half mile which the grade increases significantly. There is no shade, so plan accordingly with the time of day you go as it does get hot! Throughout the trail at this time of year, you will see a lot of wildflowers and flowering cacti which make for beautiful scenery. Make sure you bring lots of water, I went through 3.5L and that was not enough. I always recommend hiking boots due to the rough terrain. Lots of ankle rollers and rocks. Support your feet! Overall, I would go back and do it again, given the chance.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Not suitable for mountain biking, It's very difficult.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Beautiful at higher altitudes and cool....different terrain all the way through to keep it interesting...several areas have lots of loose rock making coming down tricky. I’d say the distance on the trail markers is off by about 0.5-1mi

hiking
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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
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rocky
2 months ago

Very nice hike. Only went 2 miles in 2 miles back . Steve on the way up but easy on the way back. I would do it again !

hiking
bugs
rocky
2 months ago

The first half mile in the last half mile of the trail where the steepest. If you want to modify the hike a bit to make it easier, stop at the pond that comes up about 2 miles in and turn back around. The flora that comes after the pond isn’t as beautiful IMO. Btw, with flora come bugs so be careful. Took me just under 3:45 to do the whole trail at a 25 min/mi. pace. Great workout. Would recommend

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

One of my favorite day hikes in Tucson, nice easy to follow trail that will give you a nice workout and has great views peak gives the feel of accomplishment.

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hiking
3 months ago

Tough uphill sections with a straight uphill 1/2 mile scramble to the top.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

A well defined trail. Initially, I thought, it was quite easy, then it got moderate and bc of the consistent climb it turned more hard/difficult. It was very windy at the top. Need more time to enjoy the top. ran out of water, something that does not happen to me frequently. I did not encounter any animals. A beautiful clean trail.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Great hike up — beautiful views, gorgeous cactus, views of Catalinas, Redington Pass, Tucson Valley , and the backside south! Steeper at top. Fun climb.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Moderate for the first 2.7 - to the saddle, then more difficult for the last 1.8 - especially the last 1/2 mile. Was 75 today, with no shade, I wouldn't want to do the entire trail when it is much hotter. Also glad I didn't bring the dogs. 8 of us hiked, saw coati, deer and snakes. Great vistas the entire way. Do it!

3 months ago

Best water source is the big drainage at ~2.5 miles. it's a swamp right now, but it's moving. Stock pond at ~1.8 is the worse choice. as mentioned by the previous comment or there is a spring just before the summit, though yesterday it was almost dried up and I could only pull 1 liter out. it's dry where the train finally crosses the drainage just before the summit, but follow the trail down 1000 yards lower and scramble down to the drainage for a few puddles. as usual, dog owners have completely trashed the first 2 miles of this trail. it's a shame for the dogs, but this trail would be much better off without their owners.

4 months ago

This is a challenging hike for woman and dog. Right now there are three places for water for dogs: at 1.7 miles in at the stock pond, at 2 miles in, and then near the summit by a spring a bit off trail. This trail exhausted my dog and me as it reached 75F today. This hike is best done on a cool and cloudy day. Great views. last half mile very steep and rocky. Well marked. Took us seven hours.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

If you are looking for a challenge this is the trail. It continuously builds in elevation challenging you every step of the way. The trail is well marked and has beautiful scenic views.

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rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great variation of elevation change (up, down, flat). My favorite is the tall grassy area right before the last steep section to the submit. A little snow toward the top made it slippery but nice to see. Dogs allowed is a plus.

rocky
snow
4 months ago

This is pretty moderate all the way up. In the last mile the trail gets steep, and right now there is snow and ice up at the very top. The hike down is difficult bc of the loose rocks all over the trail, so poles are suggested! Be sure to bring a note for the lockbox at the top, and don't get fooled by the false summit. No lockbox means you're not there yet. Also, long pants will decrease the AZ pinstriping from low bristlebush.

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