1st Water Hike of the Season: Tanque Verde Falls in Tucson

Hello Fellow Hikers:

 

85th hike with the club:

 

 

Today we will be doing our 1st Water Hike of the Season.  I only plan on running a total of 4 Water Hikes this year, just as an fyi.

 

We will be hiking to the Tanque Verde Falls and Swimming area.  This is only a 2 miles Round Trip hike, HOWEVER, this hike has many different blog entries regarding how hard or dangerous this hike is.  It is a 1 mile in-and-out trail, and around the half mile mark, the trail turns into the river bed where there are some decent Class 3 & 4 Boulder Hopping and Scrambling.  Once you reach the 30 foot waterfall, you have the option to move onto the ultimate reward, the actual Lower Tanque Verde Falls, which requires a Class 3 & 4, 30 foot, climb up right beside the falls.  If you wish to add this option to your hike, you will be at the main attraction of the 75 foot Waterfall. The reason they post signs at this hike because of danger, is because many people have died in this canyon because of flash floods.  So just be forewarned that there are signs posted, stating you are in a potentially dangerous area..... I just don't want anyone freaking out because of a sign.  We will more than likely encounter several others at these Falls, HOWEVER, our Group starts early, which means we are usually out early, before others arrive.  This is also done to avoid afternoon thunderstorms or monsoons.

 

There is plenty of Cliff Jumping opportunities.  Jump at your own risk, as always.

 

Please do not under estimate this hike and think this is only 2 miles so this should be easy.  Even the experienced Boulder Hopping Hikers, will find this kind of a Water Hike rewarding, especially if you have never been there.  Plan on swimming around, getting wet.  Dogs are advised against bringing because of the extensive Boulder Hopping and rock climbing, but I think it is perfectly allowed.  If you do want to bring your dog, please know you may be WAY behind the rest of the group because you will have some difficulty lifting your dog over large boulders, etc, etc.  You will probably see other dogs there, so be prepared of that as well.

 

The approach is a Dirt Road but, from trip reports, cars are perfectly able to traverse.  Highly advisable to car pool.

 

It is a 2 hour drive from the Meet Up Spot, to the Trail Head.  I anticipate a return to the Meet Up Location to be about 3:30pm.

 

 

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  • paul s.

    FAntastic hike, kudos to Eric

    1 · April 29, 2013

    • Laura H.

      Good seeing you again Paul! Yes.....agreed!! Kudos to Eric for putting together yet another awesome water hiking adventure...."off the beaten path"!! :)

      April 29, 2013

  • Laura H.

    What a really fun day and a great water hiking adventure wih everyone today!! Thank you Eric for scheduling this.....got some great pics and will have them posted shortly! :)

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • dan

    great day and hike meeting new people, water hole swimming was refreshing awesome as usual. good to see some familiar faces also.

    April 27, 2013

  • Eric K.

    Beautiful Canyon and a refreshing swim. Glad I put this on the Bucket List for Water Hikes. Very very deep swimming hole.

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • jennifer d.

    Peter and I are driving from Peoria...Laura, would you like to join us?
    I have a guest coming with me as well.

    1 · April 24, 2013

    • jennifer d.

      yes...

      April 25, 2013

    • Laura H.

      Hey Jennifer! I just spoke to Peter......and will be meeting him in am to carpool out with you guys tomorrow...yeah!! What time are you wanting to take off though?? He didn't know.....

      April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    heading to California sorry I am missing it though I was looking forward to it

    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry but I have a change of plans.

    April 26, 2013

  • dan

    FYI eric- rich & daughter bailed so its just myself. i updated my rsvp. i would like to carpool with someone if theres room for me when we meetup at chevron.

    April 26, 2013

    • Eric K.

      There will be plenty of room to carpool bro......

      April 26, 2013

  • Eric K.

    Since dogs are allowed now, I just ask you to remember that when you do bring a dog, that it will reduce the effectiveness of the carpool, and we have a limited area to park. Dog will be in the car for a solid 2 hours with passengers. No..... I am not a dog hater....lol...... I love dogs and have one myself....lol......

    1 · April 25, 2013

    • jennifer d.

      no st Bernard Eric!?

      1 · April 25, 2013

    • Eric K.

      he's staying home that day......

      April 25, 2013

  • jennifer d.

    Eric,

    So dog or not. My friend was going to bring one...should I advise not to?

    April 25, 2013

    • Peter M.

      I kmow im ugly jen....but ya dont have call me a dog

      1 · April 25, 2013

    • jennifer d.

      lol

      April 25, 2013

  • Eric K.

    I just read a post and a vid clip from a TV station in Tucson who claim they have contacted Coronado National Forest and they said that there are no restrictions for dogs on this hike and that the posts on the Internet are incorrect.

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. Last minute glitch came up.

    April 22, 2013

  • dan

    hi eric, rich wanted to know if this hike will be ok for his teen daughter to come on. will it be too chalenging for a girl?

    April 23, 2013

    • Eric K.

      I think she would be just fine.

      April 23, 2013

  • Brian

    A spot became available for Havasupai so my seat in Eric's vehicle is open.

    April 21, 2013

  • tony

    Hate to miss it

    April 19, 2013

  • Eric K.

    FYI, I just read a few articles that say dogs are not permitted in this area

    April 19, 2013

  • Eric K.

    April 14, 2013

  • Brian M

    Let me have Jennifer's seat if it's available!

    April 10, 2013

    • Eric K.

      you got it dude

      April 10, 2013

  • Jen G

    Going to San Diego that weekend so can't go on hike. That frees up a spot in Eric's truck too

    April 2, 2013

  • Brian

    Thanks Eric

    March 17, 2013

  • Brian

    Eric do you have a seat left for me? Thanks

    March 17, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Yes. You got the last seat. I am now filled up.

      March 17, 2013

  • Jen G

    Eric I know it's been a while since I've gotten a ride with you, but is my seat still there? :) Put me down as a ride with you please.

    March 17, 2013

    • Eric K.

      You got it Jen. It's you, Stacy, and Laura thus far in my truck. .

      March 17, 2013

    • Jen G

      How did you get so lucky?? :)

      1 · March 17, 2013

  • Stacy

    hey Eric -- selling any seats? :)

    March 7, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Yes Stacy. I sure am. $15 - $20 a seat. You have first dibs. Should be a fun day.

      March 7, 2013

  • Laura H.

    Sounds awesome....thank you Eric!!! :)

    January 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm hoping by then, I will no longer have a foot injury. Sounds like a blast!

    January 2, 2013

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