Tuscon, AZ: Hannah Hot Spring

Remote Hannah Hot Spring (133°F at the source) is the ultimate basecamp: Hike off-trail 8.3 miles up a tricky canyon system to camp near top-tier dayhikes and nightly soaks.
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Remote Hannah Hot Spring (133°F at the source) is the ultimate basecamp: Hike off-trail 8.3 miles up a tricky canyon system to camp near top-tier dayhikes and nightly soaks.

Soak in a backcountry hot spring. Our mapper says you’ll regret spending anything less than three nights.

From the trailhead, head up the wide Blue River canyon, occasionally crossing the stream (up to thigh- high in spring). Be ready to backtrack: User paths often dead-end. In 4.2 miles, turn right (east) up Little Blue Creek, then turn right up Hannah Springs Creek in 2.3 miles. Brave several waist-deep wades on your way to the hot spring’s 18-inch-deep stone-and-mortar catch basins, .3 mile up the slot.

Camp on a leveled site above the springs, then soak and dayhike up Hannah Springs Creek and Little Blue Creek, both featuring narrow slots with wades.

Contact fs.usda.gov/asnf

-Mapped by Travis Lesicka

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 13.4

Waypoints

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Location: 33.324009, -109.189057

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Location: 33.324068, -109.188958

Begin from the parking area near the XXX/Fitz Ranch.

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Location: 33.32579, -109.189535

Cross the stream (up to thigh-high in spring) whenever necessary. The route changes constantly due to flooding and shifting water levels.

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Location: 33.334315, -109.184771

To avoid crossing the stream, you may want to clamber up across rocky benches at times.

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Location: 33.365983, -109.179664

Enter the Blue Range Primitive Area.

HHS005

Location: 33.374642, -109.176657

Turn right (northeast) up Little Blue Creek. This is a nice spot for a lunch break or to set up camp.

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Location: 33.377452, -109.169676

Hobo Canyon enters on the right (south). Keep heading up Little Blue Creek as the canyon turns north.

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Location: 33.398059, -109.156956

Turn right (east) up Hannah Springs Creek. Expect waist-deep wades over the next .3 mile.

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Location: 33.400112, -109.153698

There are two stone-and-mortar catch basins at the hot spring. One is about 18" deep, the other 12". The spring is 133 degrees F at the source, but cooler in the pools. Soak away!

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Location: 33.400024, -109.15385

Camp on a leveled site above the springs, then soak and dayhike up Hannah Springs Creek and Little Blue Creek, both featuring narrow slots with wades.

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Location: 33.403467, -109.159207

The Little Blue Box, a stretch of narrows with a mandatory swim. Beyond here, the creek gets very bouldery with lots of cobbles. Expect slow-going.

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Location: 33.413352, -109.153202

The 1940s-era White Rocks Cabin is really a corrugated metal hut. It was used by ranchers who used to herd cattle in these canyons.

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Location: 33.414286, -109.152344

Ash Creek. Fewer narrows up here, just a nice canyon to explore.

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Location: 33.414892, -109.153718

The west fork here leads to Dutch Blue Creek and the Dutch Blue narrows, a deep slot where you don't see daylight. There's very cold water you have to either boulder around or wade through.