I made it to the top of Aqua Caliente Hill! This is the highest hill between the Catalina and the Rincon mountains on Tucson’s east side.
It was a 9.3 mile hike that took me six hours, as I had to keep stopping along the way. The elevation gain is 2480 feet from the trail head, but if you add in all the ups and downs, it totals a 3150 foot climb. Here is the GoogleEarth video I made using my GPS track (GPX file available here):
And this is the panoramic view I took looking West towards Tucson from the summit:
And then turning and looking North towards the Catalina mountains:
To get to the trail head, take Tanque Verde road east, turn north on Soldier Trail road, then east on Fort Lowell, which turns into Cam Ancho. Then turn left on Cam Remuda and another left on Cam Cantil. The trail head parking lot is on the right. Dogs are allowed on this trail.
This panorama was from the week before, about 1.5 miles from the trail head, right after it had rained.
And here’s a view of the Catalina mountains from just above the saddle:
And turning to the South, this is the next hill on the way up to the summit: