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Agua Caliente Loop is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 1,377 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife No shade
Description
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The trail is poorly marked. Visitors must park and then walk a short distance to the trailhead.

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Reviews (187)
Photos (239)
Recordings (189)
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Soup D
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Hiking
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Molly Walters
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Hiking

Started at 5 am to beat the heat and sun. Got off trail a couple of places where it wasn’t marked well. But awesome views. Punter clockwise seemed the best way to go

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Nicole Sanchez
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Hiking

Pretty good Not enough signs

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Julie Pie
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Hiking

We had to park about 1/2 mile from actual trailhead in a residential area, through a gated community. The trailhead is not marked and the rest if the trail is not well marked. Made a couple of wrong turns. Overall, not a bad trail, just super hot. It would be much better September through March as suggested.

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Bert Yothment
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Hiking

Great hike but little to no markings. Glad we had the AllTrails app

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Bri Reilly
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Hiking

Holi Cannoli whatta great hike! Not gonna lie I was underwhelmed when the first 0.8miles was along a road within a residential area, BUT THEN the road split off to the trail and the loop itself was awesome! Super cool canyon views repeatedly and then trail drops you down into the canyon- it’s great. I can imagine it’s even more beautiful with water running. You do have to park on the side of the road before the Agua Caliente gate because as I mentioned you have to walk through the private neighborhood for a while to get to the trail. Also, I noticed on quite a few of people’s recordings they wandered off the loop trail so keep an eye out for a cairn where the trail hangs a right. I will definitely be doing this one again! Happy Trails Friends! @bri_reilly

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David Wang
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HikingNo shade

This trail is unaffected by the recent fire. The monsoon season is just barely upon us so there was no water in the wash, but the trail itself was still fantastic. I highly recommend getting an early start, as even though it’s not terribly strenuous, it heats up quickly in the sun. The only downside was that for the first half, I could hear construction noise from a nearby home being built.

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Camron White
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Kody Busboom
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Hiking

super fun trail, we went clockwise and had lunch at the large creek, the steep downhill was most definitely looser rocks and a little sketchy. fairly empty on a Sunday, only saw people a half dozen times.very beautiful and rugged in some parts, great for a killer trail run or high speed hike for training purposes

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Rachel Hosto
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Hiking

Rachel solo run!

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Kyle P
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HikingNo shadeRocky

On the harder side of moderate. There’s a decent amount of incline in the beginning and middle with no shade, and the decline at the end is very steep with rocky/slippery footing. I had no issues following the trail with AllTrails but it’s not well marked otherwise. I knocked a point off because given the location, I think Phoneline in Sabino Canyon is better. This trail didn’t spend much time in the canyon and the views are great but nothing you can’t get from Mt Lemmon or Reddington besides the immediate area.

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Kylee Heflin
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HikingNo shadeRocky

BEAUTIFUL. Spring time is probably best as there isn’t shade but the flowers were beautiful. The water was running great after rain and snow fall. Can be confusing because there are no signs. I recorded my route so I could follow the app on confusing parts

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Art Reisman
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Hiking

Did this loop today , there are absolutely no signs or markers at junctions. We were intended to do the loop and started on the north side doing the loop clock wise , we missed the turn off to the loop because it is not marked and went an extra 1/2 mile out and then back tracked and found it. I thought we would go out on a ridge and return in the canyon but the trail takes you down to the canyon and then you must go up the other ridge is pretty steep and rough on the south side of the canyon in places. Scenery was great but we ended up going almost 10 miles not 6 , and I suspect if you add in the up down elevation gain into the canyon and back up your vertical is closer to 2500 when you add in the ups and downs.

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Yemaya Shimek
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Rocky

Loop is closer to 8 miles, parts of the trail were difficult to find, few markers. I went clockwise on the loop, decent back to entry was slippery with loose rock. Several elevation gains from canyon to ridges. Absolutely beautiful scenery, with serene pools of water.

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Eileen Mccormick
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Hiking

This trail was beautiful and I’m glad I went but if not for my AllTrails App I’d still be wandering around in the desert on my own. Be sure your cell is fully charged and check your progress.

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Dave Montoya Sr.
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HikingOff trailPrivate property

This trail is there but it’s difficult to locate. Also, if you go counter clockwise you will get lost. It’s not heavily trafficked so if you get too far off. It could potentially be dangerous. Decent hike but should be taken with those who have been on the trail before both to get to the trailhead and to get through the trail that is poorly marked (actually not marked at all) without getting lost.

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David Hueter
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HikingNo shadeRocky

This is a beautiful scenic trail which essentially runs along a series of canyon ridges between spectacular sheer cliff canyons, dropping down into two of them with water crossings. This is the first time I hiked it in a clockwise fashion which I would recommend. However be careful not to miss, as I did, the poorly marked turn off of the Milagroso trail onto the Agua Caliente loop trail on the way up.

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Mariah Althaus
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HikingNo shade
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Lynette Flowers
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Mike Smart
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Hiking

Outstanding hike! Had some challenges, great views, and ice cold running water at the halfway point.

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John Garcia
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HikingNo shade
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Connie Gee
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This trail is not marked at all. If I hadn't tracked the route via this Alltrails app, we would have gone off course. We did this course counter clockwise today, getting the higher and steeper hill out of the way first. We started at 1:20pm and finished just before sunset. The dogs had plenty of water and we were able to ford the creek without anv issues.

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Dawn Yellott
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Sharon Fields
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Hiking

This is a very doable lovely hike in the eastern mountains of the Tucson basin. There is intermittent water in the lower elevations when recent rains but that just adds to the loveliness. Elevations tend to be grouped then relatively long flat areas. Lovely, Lovely walk.

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