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Feb 14 2021
fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
La Milagrosa RidgeTucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Run/Jog15.80 Miles 2,212 AEG
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big loop i like using catalina highway up to soldier trail, soldier to hirabiyashi, AZT out to la milagrosa ridge.

it was chilly and cloudy at the beginning. i kinda struggled all day after two difficult nights at work. tried to just keep it moving, even if ugly.

tough day but a fun route
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markthurman53
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La Milagrosa Canyon Loop, AZ 
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I have wanted to check out the lower La Milagrosa Canyon for some time. My curiosity was peaked while hiking the La Milagrosa, Agua Caliente Loop hike. Rather than just walk up the creek from the junction with the Agua Caliente Creek I headed up the ridge between the La Milagrosa and Agua Caliente Creeks. From the ridge I could see the falls which are quite impressive even though they were dry. I was also able to see the route that would allow me to get to an area above the lower falls and the upper. Access to the creek above the upper falls doesn’t look possible (at least for the average hiker that doesn’t do rock climbing). Getting to the upper portion of this canyon can be from the creek using the La Milagrosa Ridge Trail. Rock climbers use lower La Milagrosa Canyon because of its cliffs and typically use the creek bed for access.

We started the hike from the La Milagrosa Trail head and continued to the Agua Caliente Creek. From the creek bed we went up La Milagrosa Canyon and soon found a user trail that leads up to the ridge between the two canyons. This is a fairly well defined route up to the ridge. There are some good views of both canyons from this ridge. From this peak the route further up the ridge is a little vague but quite doable. After about ¼ mile along this ridge you are above the falls and the route to the falls is visible. We saw a fairly easy route to an area above the first falls and below the second. Really neat area and would be even more interesting if there was water flowing. From the ridge it would be awesome if you were able to witness a flashflood coming down this canyon. From the falls to get above the choke point in the creek we headed back out and up along the hillside on the east side of the creek. This is totally off trail. Once above the choke point we head back into the creek and head down to the point above the choke point.

This was a fun hike and exceeded any expectations I had. The creek was dry with the exception of pools but hopefully with continued storms it will be running soon and at that point I want to come back again maybe this time just follow the creek bed up to the falls.


dry La Milagrosa Canyon Dry Dry
Some pooling
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Jan 02 2021
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La Milagrosa / Agua Caliente Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking9.67 Miles 2,569 AEG
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Joel suggested this. TH parking area was pretty full, we only saw a few people in the canyons. They were probably climbers.
Rudy did pretty well on his first canyon, needs to figure out problem solving on approach.

Only two "stew pools" with water.
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fricknaley
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fricknaley
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challenging run and a loop i like.

it was chilly for most of the run and super humid. sun came out the last couple miles. lot of water on the trails.

handfull of hikers here and there. yo yo'd for miles with a couple of very nice mountain bikers and we ended up finishing at the same time. that was pretty cool.

saw 3 horses out on the AZT bellota segment.

felt pretty good today. took 15 minutes off my last time

went to work afterwords for a bit
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Jan 28 2018
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La Milagrosa / Agua Caliente Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
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tibber
Hiking6.56 Miles 1,457 AEG
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Since I was down in Tucson for the Oracle Rumble, I decided to hang out with Wendy and this is the hike she chose for us. Saturday nite, however, we got to eat at Mosaic and despite a long wait, it was worth it. Very yummy! a little different spin on Mexican flavor. It definitely lived up to the hype.

Oh, the hike. About 1/2 hour from Wendy's we parked at an unofficial trailhead. I'm glad the community allows people to access this hike from here. You walk a paved road a bit before it turns to dirt and crosses a wash onto another road and down into the wash of La Milagrosa Canyon before you head up onto the Ridge. The great part of this hike is what Wendy calls "slabby goodness". Slabbiness is so great for hiking especially on this very windy day. At a makeshift gate we encountered a resident of the area and his two Mexican rescue dogs. He pointed out to us some very faint petroglphys on low-lying rocks just barely off the trail. I couldn't really get a good photo of them though as they are so faint. We thot it unusual to see the glphys on such low flat rocks.

From there we continued our gradual hike up the Ridgeline with occasional peeks over the edge down into La Milagrosa Canyon which continued to get deeper the further along the ridge we went. And then we went more to the other side of the ridge and would get a peak down into Agua Caliente Canyon. It's definitely dry and the plant life reflected that as I can imagine this being a much prettier hike; altho, I was duly impressed by what I saw. When Wendy and Sirena did it a couple years back, they were crossing thru water in several areas. Eventually it was time to veer to the other side of the ridge to the Agua Caliente side. The trek down here is a bit on the slippery side.

Once down into the canyon it opens up wide and you start heading slightly southwest. We took a break in the wash and would have stayed longer (we had boulders for our backs) but it was just too darn windy and a bit nippy. So we continued thru the wash/Canyon a little further before crossing up and out of the wash by this rather large slabby area. It's a bit of a climb but not bad. Once out there is an intersection that takes you up to the summit of Agua Caliente Hill but not today.

From here it is all downhill with views into the Valley of Tucson. You drop nearly 1000 feet in 1 3/4 mile as you stay on the other ridge. Gnat Tank is devoid of water of course. It's not a really big tank anyway. Once again you come to a fence and since we couldn't figure out how to open the big green gate from this side, Wendy went over the barbed wire fence and then saw the locking mechanism that needed to be lifted in order to slide the lever. You just couldn't see that from this side. After the gate the ridge gets a little narrower and once you get across to the other side, you now have to go almost straight down to reach the wash as the usual trail has been blocked off. I saw this trail before we started and didn't realize we would be taking it.

The trail down is a bit dicey in spots so you have to take extra care. Fortunately it's short-lived but I was still glad to be on level ground. You stay in the wash for awhile before you get back to where you started. We encountered a few folks here as we made our way back to the TH. Surprisingly, it was a little warm when we got down to the bottom. It's a great hike and I'm sure it would be even better with water based on previous pictures I am just now looking at.

Thx for suggesting it Wendy, it was a wonderful choice which allowed me to get back to Phx in daylight.

Part 1: TH to Milagrosa Ridge [ youtube video ]
Part 2: Milagrosa Ridge to Agua Caliente Canyon [ youtube video ]
Part 3: Agua Caliente Ridge and back down to same named wash: [ youtube video ]
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Jan 28 2018
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 Tucson, AZ
La Milagrosa / Agua Caliente Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking6.56 Miles 1,457 AEG
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I love this loop - I've done it when you couldn't keep your feet dry and when it was so dry you felt like your mouth was sand. Either way its beautiful and fun with the perfect mix of a challenge and a coast.

It was nice to share it with Tibber - I always love bragging on Tucson's trails. So much slabby goodness on this one!
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Aug 05 2017
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 Tucson, AZ
La Milagrosa RidgeTucson, AZ
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
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Intended to make an evening of the Milagrosa/Agua Caliente Canyon loop, but ran into trouble finding the trail up the south side of AC Canyon. There'd clearly been some serious flow through there in recent days, and if there were cairns before they've washed away now. After some poking around we headed back the way we'd come. Should have spent five seconds studying the map beforehand cause the route really isn't tricky: once you get down to the bottom of the canyon, follow it west for about a thousand feet. Off to the left is a wash, and the trail goes up the west side of that - we spotted it on the way back from up on the ridge ](*,)

Still a great hike. Agua Caliente Canyon is awesome, and it was particularly nice around sunset. Because we missed our turn, we came upon an impressive basin/waterfall just beyond where we should have exited the canyon.

Also saw a Colorado River toad! Biggest frog or toad I've ever seen.
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fricknaley
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good big loop using catalina highway, soldier trail, the AZT and la milagrosa ridge. perfect day. felt decent for the most part. saw some people here and there.

ended up being a small fire in molino basin the next day. yikes. certainly wasn't from me burning rubber :lol:
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Mar 12 2017
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Nice afternoon/evening hike along Milagrosa Ridge and then east along the Arizona Trail for a bit. It was hot and tough at first, but leisurely and idyllic later on. I enjoyed seeing the small peaks northeast of Agua Caliente Hill, like 5005, which sports a remarkably green north slope.
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Hiking10.50 Miles 2,212 AEG
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This was a beautiful hike. BUT: I left the trailhead around 9 am, and it was a very, very hot hike. A breeze kicked in after about 3 miles, but there is no shade at all on this one. The only two spots that I would have stopped were the end, at the pools, and at the wash crossing, which had some running water today.
However, it was a glorious day, and I had the trail almost to myself :) :)
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Brittlebush, mountain lupine, fairy dusters, dwarf morning glory, penstemon, purple thistle, ocotillo, desert zinnia, creosote
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Jul 03 2016
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Hiking9.93 Miles 1,884 AEG
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Headed down to Tucson to do what I thought was one Nick and I did before. Whoops I thought we did La Milagrosa but it turns out we did Agua Caliente Hill. Not a big deal but it threw me off when I got to the Trailhead and nothing looked familiar. :lol:

I hiked it to where it intersects the Arizona Trail. Hot and humid but still an enjoyable day out there.
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Hiking16.11 Miles 4,023 AEG
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My plans today were changed at the last minute, I had a free day, so decided to head to La Milagrosa. Started at 10:15 and was greeted by the TORCA Trail Medics. Three guys and a gal, riding dirt bikes and fully armed...weapons of choice? shears and a gas-powered weed wacker. The dead grass along the back half of Milagrosa Ridge was waist high and overgrowing the trail, they definitely had their work cut out from them but did a fabulous job.

Made it to the end of La Milagrosa at noon, put my foot on the AZT there and watched a bunch of bikers whizzing by. Then headed back, thanked all the workers, and veered off Milagrosa at the Agua Caliente Canyon Loop turnoff. Descended down the ridge into the canyon (lots of water flowing in the canyons on both sides of MIlagrosa, by the way), and then took the turnoff toward Agua Caliente Hill. It is only less than a 1/2 mile trail that connects into Agua Caliente, 1 1/2 miles from the top.

Made my way up Agua Caliente, and probably like most people their first time out, was fooled by which peak was really AC. Being called "Agua Caliente Hill" I assumed it was the one in the foreground that the trail was heading to...then I went passed it and realized I had a BIT more climbing to do! Finally made it to the top of AC just before 2:30, rested for 10 and signed in, then headed down. Just as I started heading down, a solo hiker was also making his way to the top. He told me it was his second trip up today. Yikes, I enjoyed it but wouldn't enjoy it THAT much. ;) Made it out just past 4.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Agua Caliente Canyon Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max La Milagrosa Canyon Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Molino Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
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Feb 27 2015
markthurman53
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La Milagrosa Agua Caliente Loop, AZ 
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Start at the La Milagrosa Ridge Trail Head and follow La Milagrosa Ridge Trail up about 2.5 miles then head south on a trail that goes toward Agua Caliente Creek. This trail will cross Agua Caliente Creek for a short distance and exit on the south side. Once on the other side and up on the flats there is a trail that heads west that is the La Milagrosa Agua Caliente Trail, this trail will take you back to the starting point. Before I head back I will continue south along the trail to a small Saddle were the Agua Caliente Peak Trail is, this will be my turn around point. From here I will head back to where the La Milagrosa Agua Caliente Trail is and follow that back along the South side of Agua Caliente Creek.

This hike is another one of those that even though I lived here all my life, I have never been on. I missed out, better late than never as they say. This is a nice loop trail that can be done in the winter months or early morning in late spring (April May). Good views around lower Agua Caliente Creek before it enters the Tucson Valley. The trail is easy to follow and not a lot of extended ups or downs. At the time I was here both La Milagrosa and Agua Caliente Creeks were flowing.
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i had forgotten how beautiful it is out there in la milagrosa land. awesome trail and awesome day. took my sawyer out and filtered a couple bottles out by the azt.

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Jan 22 2015
markthurman53
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Hiking10.40 Miles 2,408 AEG
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Nice short morning hike along La Milagrosa Ridge and Creek. Good hike for winter months and early spring when the Creek is running. I was particularly impressed with the pool in upper La Milagrosa Creek. Another one of those hikes that I have never been on even though I lived here all my life.
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I was foolish enough not to read the hike description for La Milagrosa before starting this trek. My Green Trails map shows the trail head at the east end of Snyder Road, so I just headed there. Big mistake. Snyder becomes a private road with all sorts of No Trespassing signs. After much confusion and some driving around and some dirty looks from the neighbors, I decided I had better consult HikeAZ. Once I read up on where to find the parking/trail head - Avenida de Suzenu and Horsehead Road - things were back on track.

We left one car at Avn de Suzenu and Horsehead Rd and headed up Catalina Hwy to Soldier Trail in the other. We got out of the car and headed straight up. We took a pit stop at Prison Camp and then headed east on the Molino Basin Trail. At Molino, there was a rather giant and obnoxious group of car campers making an unholy racket, so we passed on by as fast as we could.

The Bellota Ranch Trail starts on the other side of the highway from Molino Basin. For me, this was uncharted territory beyond this point. After a quick hill, we popped up and over the ridge and into the Reddington Pass area. We paused here for some lunch and some scenery.

After heading back downhill, we came upon a tank and a mostly dried up pond. We stopped to chat with a trail runner who had come up behind us and was doing the same Soldier Trail to Milagrosa traverse that we were. He trotted off while I was still getting some rocks out of my shoe. Continuing east past that, we came to a fork in the trail. It is unsigned, but one fork continues in a more northerly direction while the other heads more south. Upon a quick consultation of our map for some reassurance, we headed south. For the remainder of the trip we were presented with lovely and alternating views of Milagrosa Canyon and Agua Caliente Canyon.

At almost the end of the hike, there is an old, abandoned house that is pretty cool looking. Distracted by that, we went more south when we should have stayed westbound. Instead of coming out at the gate near Avenida de Suzenu and Horsehead Road, we ended up back in that private area of Snyder Road. It was somewhat of a slog back to the car along the pavement. I think if we had done this trek in reverse, the whole trail head starting in a residential area, where do I park, where do I go thing would have been a lot easier to figure out.

Despite a few logistical issues, this was a great hike. I loved the views of Milagrosa and Agua Caliente Canyons. We were already planning another hike for the area before we even finished this one.
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Loving the slightly milder temps that are making getting to some of the lower trails in the Tucson area more pleasant! I started at Molino Basin made the short/steep climb to the high point of the Bellota Trail, always great views, before plunging down towards towards the West Spring Tank and over to the (unsigned) junction with the La Milagrosa Ridge Trail - a new section trail for me!

I enjoyed the views down into Milagrosa and Agua Caliente Canyons, but maybe a little to much since I had to sit down and spend a few minutes with map/gps after running about a half mile past the junction I wanted! After backtracking I found the fun connector that took me down into Agua Caliente Canyon and back up the other side to a junction with the Agua Caliente Hill trail - Alison had given me a ride to Molino Basin before driving around to the Agua Caliente Hill Trailhead and it was great to meet her on the trail!

It was a little too late in the day to make the 3 mile up and back hike to the top so we just enjoyed the descent back to the trailhead... Beautiful day.

I liked this link up - not too long/strenuous (but still some climbing and challenge for sure) and leaving the Santa Catalina Mountains and ending up at the Agua Caliente Hill trailhead was a great journey. One picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/10631248364/
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OldNslow
Hiking10.50 Miles 2,212 AEG
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I had never been on this trail before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The previous description certainly helped me find the way to the trail head, as it is unmarked in any way. I Parked on the road at about 9 AM and started hiking through the residential area to the trail head proper. Once onto the trail it was obvious this trail gets lots of use, both hiking and mountain biking. The trail is clear and easy to follow, but the trail junctions lack any signage, so a map is important, at least if you trying to get somewhere specific. It was a good climb out of the valley and the weather was nice with highs in the low 70s. I lunched at the Belota Trail junction, which I've hiked on a previous backpacking trip. While there I saw a horseback rider with a large herd of hunting dogs. I wish my dog was so well behaved. After lunch I returned the way I came. Overall a very good day. There was very little water in any of the canyons at this time. Only a few stagnant pools were visible.
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I said I'd do this one again and I did. Took my wife backpacking and stayed at near the spring. Great spot to spend the night.
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Tugger & I decided that it was too nice a day to stay in and clean anymore, so we headed out to Milagrosa Ridge (thanks for the description Nick). We've done the loop hike before, but not this one, and it was pretty cool for an out & back hike. We had struck out yesterday when we were wrongly informed that the Tucson Mtn range allowed dogs. We drove all the way over there, got all geared up only to read at the TH sign NO DOGS! I should've known better, as pretty much all of Tucson is a very NON-dog friendly town!!! :(

We got started a little after 1, and I was in a t-shirt & shorts the entire day! That's how nice it was. We saw a few people toward the beginning of the trail, but past the creek, we didn't see a soul the rest of the afternoon. There was still some water in the washes, but not a lot. At the junction of the Arizona Trail, there were a few pools, but that's it.

Looking out at the Agua Caliente side, it sort of reminded me of Wyoming, kind of a brownish-meadowy look. The first 1/4 of the hike, there were a lot of bees because there was an abundance of these really pretty purple bushes that were in bloom. If anyone can tell me what they are, I'd love to know, they're gorgeous! I posted pics. :D

On our way back, I noticed a pile of rocks on one of the saddles not too far from the creek bed. When I stopped to check it out, I saw a bottle of tequila caribbeanered to the tree, along side a register box. The register box had a shot glass inside. :-k Too bad, I don't like tequila, and I told Tugger he was too young to drink that stuff, so we signed the register behind Sirena and moved on to finish up the beautiful afternoon.
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