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Agua Caliente Trail

Basics
Location:
Coronado National Forest
Setting:
Mountainous Desert
Length:
8.4 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate,
Advanced
Aerobic Difficulty:
Intense
Time To Allow:
Varies
Trailhead Elevation:
3000 feet
Elevation Range:
3000 feet to 5000 feet
Elevation Change:
2000 feet
Season:
Anytime but summer

Description

Tucson is one of those cities with plenty of wild biking trails practically within its boundaries and Agua Caliente is one of these. The scenery is incredible, if not entirely undeveloped - you'll find estates on these steep slopes.

Steep these slopes are and you'll want to expect your tires to be touching on exposed rock and ridge and looser dirt and pebble. These same elements make the downhill tough, too, if maybe a little less tiring. Be careful of trying to zip down - you'll spill. Look out for the railroad ties on the lower parts of the trail.

Details

Location:
Coronado National Forest
Setting:
Mountainous Desert
Length:
8.4 miles
Many bikers turn back early on this out and bike - depends on what you're in the mood for.
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Advanced
Technical as well as exhausting
Aerobic Difficulty:
Intense
First mile is the easiest; gets tougher after that
Time To Allow:
Varies
Can take up to 6 hours if you take on the entire trail
Trailhead Elevation:
3000
Elevation Range:
3000 feet to 5000
Elevation Change:
2000
Season:
Anytime but summer

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
    From Tucson
  • Take Tanque Verde Road east for 3.7 miles. You'll pass the Catalina Highway and turn left on Soldier Trail. Take Soldier Trail north for a mile, then take a right on Fort Lowell Road, which will become Camino Ancho. Take a left on Camino Remudo and follow until it turns into a dirt road. Stay on this dirt road and follow it left until you see the parking lot at the Agua Caliente trailhead. This will be on your right.

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