Escape the heat in the Santa Ritas!
Stats: 9 miles and 3500 feet elevation gain loop hike on steep trails, somewhat well defined routes, and off trail.
Plan: To go on this adventure use the very steep Vault Mine Trail to Agua Caliente Saddle. From the saddle follow the unofficial route up a ridge that to gain access to the road that leads to Mt. Hopkins. After some time on Mt. Hopkins, walk down the road to a route that will lead to the Agua Caliente Trail. When close to Josephine's saddle, take the Carrie Nation route that leads down to the Carrie Nation Mine trail which returns to the cars.
Bring: 3 - 4 liters of water, lunch, snacks and electrolytes. (oh yeah, and money for the coke machine on Hopkins). Part of this hike is not on an official forest service trail so no complaining if the route is steep or not immaculately maintained.
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