Agua Caliente Hill Trail

Agua Caliente Hill Survey Marker. December 2013.
Agua Caliente Hill Survey Marker. December 2013.

Overview

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…

Hike Stats

  • Out and Back
  • 9 miles
  • 3,000' Elevation Gain
  • 3,000' Elevation Loss
  • Highest Elevation: 5,375'
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,915'

Location

Details

  • Fee: No
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Bikes: Yes

Drive

  • 15.9 miles from Speedway and Campbell
  • 35 Minutes from Speedway and Campbell
  • Vehicle Access: Paved Roads/Passenger Car

Agua Caliente Hill Trail Elevation Profile

Agua Caliente Hill Trail Elevation Profile

Driving Directions

Driving Directions from the Speedway and Campbell intersection in Tucson - Agua Caliente Hill South Trailhead:

  • East on Speedway (5.0 miles)
  • 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 trailhead is on the right

Google Maps Directions from the Speedway and Campbell intersection in Tucson to Agua Caliente Hill South Trailhead.

Looking down from Agua Caliente Hill. February 2015.
Looking down from Agua Caliente Hill. February 2015.
Left: Cat Track Tank after a winter storm. February 2015.
Right: Looking down from Agua Caliente Hill. February 2015.
The junction of the Agua Caliente Hill Trail and Forest Road 4445. February 2015.
The junction of the Agua Caliente Hill Trail and Forest Road 4445. February 2015.

Trail Notes

The mileages and elevations below are approximate (don't expect the values below to match your GPS exactly).

  • 0.0 miles, 2900′: Start at the Agua Caliente Hill South Trailhead – the trail starts at several signs and immediately passes a gate. [Waypoint thachs]
  • 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.
Nearing sunset on the Agua Caliente Hill Trail. December 2013.
Sunset. December 2013.
Sunset. December 2013.
Hiking into the sunset. December 2014.
Hiking into the sunset. December 2014.

 

A snail on the trail. December 2014.
A snail on the trail. December 2014.
Left: Tucson city lights from the Agua Caliente Hill Trail. December 2014.
Right: A snail on the trail. December 2014.

Pictures

2015 February Agua Caliente Hill and Ridge Loop

2014 December Molino Basin to Agua Caliente Hill

2013 December Agua Caliente Hill

2012 Feb Agua Caliente Hill

Update Notes

  • 2017/8/14 – Add HikeLemmon posts to Resources
  • 2017/7/27 – Update to srcset images
  • 2015/2/16 – Initial version