Summary: Hiking Bear Caynon to Seven Falls is an incredible Sonoran desert hiking experience. This is one of the most beautiful hikes SE Arizona offers. You'll leave from the Sabino Canyon visitor center and hike toward and through Bear Canyon which runs parallel to Sabino Canyon. When there's water flowing the trail criss-crosses through the stream numerous times. When I hiked it in November it was flowing. The destination (even though the trail continues on past) is the famous Seven Falls. Here you'll find a 7-tiered waterfall in the middle of the desert. Luckily the Apsen Fire of '03 didn't fill in the pools and some are still over your head as far as depth. This is a great classic hike!
Trailhead: From I-10 take the Ina Road in Tucson. Turn east onto Ina Road and follow it as it becomes Skyline Drive and then Sunset Drive. When you reach the end of Sunset Drive and a stop sign, turn left. The Sabino Canyon Visitors Center and parking lot are immediately on your right. (Lat:32.32548 Lon:-110.83725)
Trail Guides for Bear Canyon to Seven Falls:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: www.sabinocanyon.com - (520) 749-2861
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Sean Benesh, who has posted 21 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by glenn on 5/20/2015
I have lived in Tucson for 30 years and finally hiked to 7falls in late March. I have been back 3 times since then! I really enjoy the scenery and the falls and pools. It can be done in less than 2.5 hours without running.
Reviewed by AZDean on 6/13/2013
I hiked Bear canyon last Saturday, and wow did the heat get to me after being out for six hours! If you hike this during the summer, be sure to carry plenty of water. I hiked past Seven Falls (which is only stagnant pools at this time of year), and saw some great views. Of special note was a VERY tall and thick saguaro cactus. You can see a picture of it on my blog of the hike at: http://tucsonhikes.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/bear-canyon-trail-seven-falls
Reviewed by Bruce D. on 1/9/2013
This is an enjoyable beginner's hike with some beautiful views and vistas. Canyon stream was running well. My wife really likes it. I'm sure we will return for more.
Reviewed by Karla on 3/2/2012
I just went on 2/25/12... I have never been on this hike. I have been to ALOT of different trails and hikes. I went with my friend and her 2 kids (10 & 12yrs) I enjoyed the hike even tho I am an acrophobic, and I was still able to do it with no problems a couple places made me a little nervous but it was actually pretty easy, it is a LONG hike especially if you stop to take pictures and actually enjoy the beauty of nature. The crossing of the stream is easy and you cross thru 8 times. This hike is easy for all ages as long as you have the balance and endurance. The water was very cold but still able to be played in.... I WILL DEFINATELY BE DOING THIS HIKE AGAIN!!!! 5 out 5 *****
Reviewed by Viewer on 1/29/2012
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Reviewed by Lpe on 1/10/2012
Beautiful hike. Easy for a seasoned hiker. Several easy water crossings. Worth the climb to the falls.
Reviewed by Viewer on 12/12/2011
I absolutely loved this hike! I went this morning starting at 9 and I was back to my car by 12:45. I took my time to stare at the sights and smell the flowers. Also, it rained the entire time, but with my rain jacket I was comfortable. I guess the rain kept the people away because I only saw 3 others. Between the solitude and the beauty I wouldn't have had it any other way. Ten out of ten!
Reviewed by Erin on 10/2/2011
I have hiked this trail many times and would recommend it to anyone. It's a nice pleasurable walk through a riparian area with pools of water to cool off in along the way. As a Tucson native, I can really appreciate getting a little wet on a long hike! There are also lots of little critters to watch and enjoy for wildlife enthusiasts. I have hiked this trail since I was a teenager and I personally feel that almost anyone can hike it.
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