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Date:  February 2, 2008

Location  Agua Caliente Hill Hike

Where:  Coronado National Forest


 There is quite a number of people from Salem staying here in the Far Horizons park, among them a couple new to us, Lee & Jill Taylor. Lee dropped by late this morning to say that he and Ken Ash were going for a short hike and invited me to go with them. Hiking trails are only a few minutes away from here, so in sort time we were on the trail. To be able to hike daily, close by, with friends, is well-----heaven I think.

Ken & Lee at the trailhead

Lee selected the Aqua Caliente Hill Trail, located on the east edge of Tucson in the Coronado National Forest. We paused for a lunch break at a small stock watering pond with the interesting name of Cat Track Tank.

Jim at Cat Track Tank

After our break we were still curious about the trail and we hiked a short way beyond the pond where at a convenient viewpoint we made a prudent decision to make it our turn-around point. We could see the trail switch-backing up the ridge ahead of us toward Agua Caliente Hill. I think we all promised ourselves to come back another time, maybe earlier in the day, for an attempt to the top.

Lee & Ken at turn around point

Statistics for the day:
Distance: 4.6 miles
Acculative climb: 1255 feet
Time: 3 hours