The Agua Caliente Hill Trail #46 takes you to the top of a high point perched between the Santa Catalina and Rincon mountains. Don’t be fooled by the name – with 3000′ of elevation gain to the top of the ‘Hill’ the name may be a bit misleading…
Out and Back
3,000' Elevation Gain
3,000' Elevation Loss
Highest Elevation: 5,375'
Lowest Elevation: 2,915'
This hike is located in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona.
Left on Wilmot and continue on Tanque Verde (7.9 miles)
Left on Soldier Trail (1.0 mile)
Right on Fort Lowell (1.0 mile)
Continue onto Camino Ancho (0.3 miles)
Turn left onto Camino Remuda (0.4 miles)
Left on Camino Cantil (Note that there is not a street sign at this intersection (2/14/2015) - if the pavement ends and/or you reach a closed gate you have passed the turn onto Camino Cantil, turn around and look for a turn to the right.) (0.2 miles)
The trail works thru the desert and then up onto the ridge east of the trailhead.
1.7 miles, 3610′: The trail descends down to Cat Track Tank. [Waypoint ctt]
2.7 miles, 4000′: After climbing to the ridge south of Agua Caliente Canyon the trail reaches a signed junction with Forest Road 4445 [Waypoint acg-fr4445] – the Agua Caliente Hill Trail continues to the east. To the north-west FR4445 continues downhill to a junction with the Agua Caliente Canyon Trail.
From the junction with Forest Road 4445 you will see the trail climbing to an obvious highpoint, in a moment of optimism you might think this is Agua Caliente Hill, but it is actually Point 4773 – often referred to as False Hope Hill!
After passing below False Hope Hill enjoy the grassy slopes and big views – this is an amazing area during sunset. There is a steep final climb to the summit.
4.5 miles, 5369′: Agua Caliente Hill – enjoy the view! [Waypoint ach] There is a survey marker on the top and you should be able to find a summit register.
Nearing sunset on the Agua Caliente Hill Trail. December 2013.