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La Milagrosa Agua Caliente Ridge Loop, AZ
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La Milagrosa Agua Caliente Ridge Loop, AZ 
La Milagrosa Agua Caliente Ridge Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2018
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,758 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   2.52 mph
1,758 ft AEG      43 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Went hiking New Year Day up Agua Caliente Canyon with My Sons and Daughter and Grandchild and two dogs. Only made it up the canyon to where it narrows and became to hard for the dogs (at least that was the official reason we came up with). Today I thought I would take the La Milagrosa Trail to the Agua Caliente Cross over trail down to Agua Caliente Creek and attack it from above. This time without the dogs or anyone else for that matter. I love the hike up the La Milagrosa Trail. La Milagrosa and Agua Caliente creeks parallel each other as deep steep walled canyons separated only by .05 to .2 miles apart. If you get tired of the view down one canyon (and you wont) you can look over the other shoulder and look down the other. The hike up La Milagrosa is a steady but not overly steep climb all the way to the crossover trail that takes you down into Agua Caliente Creek, about 2.5 miles from the trail start. Once at the creek bottom I headed down stream but only made it a 100 yards where I came to my first major obstruction, a tunnel formed by an enormous rock that covers the creek and a large fairly stagnant pool ten to fifteen feet down, not going this way. There is a route to bypass this pool to the south of the creek but opted not to continue on since I was alone (promised my daughter no risky stuff). From my views from Google Earth this was only one of three such spots and decided even if I got through this what was the next one like. So I decided just to continue on to the Agua Caliente Ridge Trail and back to the start point. I guess it wasn't the dog or the 6 year old grandson that was preventing us from going up this canyon it was the 60+ year old guy that I like to think got a little wiser that kept us from continuing. This was still a great hike with great views of both La Milagrosa and Agua Caliente Canyons and also Catalina Highway. The only water I saw was in Agua Caliente Creek and was in the large pools scattered along the creek. I also noticed Molino Canyon that the trail crosses early on, I wonder if there is a route up that.
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