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Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail

Tucson Area, Arizona

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  • Lots of trails to explore nearby.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Pokies and fuzzies along Bear Canyon Trail.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Start early in the late spring through early fall! Really early.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Paved road for the first 1.7 miles.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • You can take the Bear Canyon Trail or stay on the road all the way to the end.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Short bridge crossing. Helpful during flashflood season.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Follow Bear Canyon Trail!- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Beautiful views the entire hike.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Hiking the Bear Canyon Trail to Seven Falls.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Hiking the Bear Canyon Trail to Seven Falls.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Hiking the Bear Canyon Trail to Seven Falls.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Hiking the Bear Canyon Trail to Seven Falls.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • In case you're feeling a little lost. - Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Sunrise over the Bear Canyon Trail.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Beautiful staircase.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • You'll cross the wash several times throughout the hike.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Keep an eye out for cairns and footprints. The trail follows the wash for quite awhile.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Beautiful canyon scenery along the Bear Canyon Trail.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Sunrise over Tucson.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Beautiful canyon scenery along the Bear Canyon Trail.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • The trail eventually begins switchbacking up the mountain.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • First view of Seven Falls from the junction point.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Looking back at Bear Canyon Trail.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Seven Falls during the dry season.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Seven Falls during the dry season.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Seven Falls during the dry season.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Seven Falls during the dry season.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Seven Falls during the dry season.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Froggy friends. - Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
  • Seven Falls during the dry season.- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Waterfall. Great views. Wildflowers. Bird watching.
Cons: 
Seasonal due to heat.
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Region:
Tucson Area, AZ
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,105.00 ft (336.80 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
8.20 mi (13.20 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
400.00 ft (121.92 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Seven Falls hike is one of the most well-known hikes near Tucson. Its beautiful scenery, moderate difficulty, and waterfall reward at the end are all reasons for its popularity. Due to the Tucson heat, this hike is favored between October and April. It is hiked during the hot season, however; the hike usually takes between three and four hours depending on how much swimming time you like, and it is recommended that you start before the sun rises to get back to air conditioning before the heat hits you. 

To start, park in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Center. From here you'll find plenty of signs to point you toward Bear Canyon Trail. You have the option to follow the trail through bushy trails and washes, follow the paved road for approximately 2 miles, or take a 10-minute tram ride to near the end of the paved road. The tram doesn't start until 9 a.m., and it only runs every hour, so this may not be a viable option unless you will be hiking in the cooler months. 

Once you reach the end of the road you'll have the option to refill water bottles and use the restroom before you begin the hike up the wash toward Seven Falls. The path is mostly easy to follow, and in areas that you cross the wash (which is dry most of the year) you'll usually find cairns or rock arrows to help point you in the right direction. After about 1.5 miles you'll start to climb switchbacks up the east side of the wash. The climb increases gradually for another 3 miles, but it never becomes too difficult. Eventually you'll reach a junction where you can continue on Bear Canyon Trail or head back down into the wash to Seven Falls, which you'll be able to see from the junction. 

Seven Falls usually flows from October through May; however, getting the chance to see it when it's not flowing is pretty neat too. You'll find yourself absorbed into your quiet surroundings in a land of giant saguaros and desert rock. It's quite peaceful. Little frogs may join you for a dip in the water too. Take some time to take a dip before you go, or enjoy the quite shade. But make sure you head out early if it's the hot season. You don't want to get stuck in over 100-degree heat on that paved road!

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