Aqua Caliente Hill
Situated between the Catalina and Rincon mountains is Aqua Caliente Hill, on the Far East side of Tucson. The trail is easy to follow and a heck of a good workout. At mile 2.7, I reach the above intersection
The peak on the right is not the final destination although the trail climbs steadily toward it but at the last moment, shifts right and heads to Aqua Caliente, there on the far right.
I look back and can see how the trail abruptly departed from its inexorable climb to the false summit.
Soon after bypassing the false summit, the views really.....
....open up to the east/northeast. Walking this flat piece is a treat but it doesn't last for long since....
....this beast must be climbed. This is the steepest part of the hike and....
....some of the ramps are formidable. Eventually....
....I reach the peak and thus rewarded with grand views of the Catalinas to the north and the Rincon to the south.
There is a Juniper tree that provides some shade as I tank up with fluids. I begin my descent and while walking by a bush, the distinct sound of a rattlesnake alerts me. Actually, alarms me. I did not observe it so walked next to it when it decided to let me know. It slithered into a rocky area where....
....I was unable to get a good picture of it. Too bad. Finished with 9.3 miles and 2900' of climbing. It seemed like a lot more climbing then that. Hard hike for sure.
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