Perhaps the most popular trail in the entire Tucson valley is the hike through nearby Bear Canyon to Seven Falls, a gorge on the North wall of Bear Canyon with a wonderful series of waterfalls and collecting pools.
With all the rain and snow the Catalinas have received, the Falls should be flowing strong! There are seven easy stream crossings on the way. After the 7th crossing, the trail climbs up the South wall of Bear Canyon on a couple of long switchbacks and then heads up-canyon.
We'll take the tram this time ($3 per person) to the Bear Canyon Trailhead and hike in 2.5 miles to the Falls. The Bear Canyon shuttle leaves the visitors center every hour on the hour, daily 9 a.m.–4 p.m. ($3 adult, $1 child 3–12). We’ll take the 10 am tram.
Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife. However, since this is an out-n-back trail route, hikers may choose their own pace and distance. We will all turn around and return at a predetermined, agreed upon time or, using walkie talkies, at whatever time we otherwise unanimously agree upon while on the trail. Expect this hike to last 3-4 hours
Here’s a u-tube of a February hike:
here are photos:
Distance: 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation: 2750 ft.
Elevation gain: 500ft.
Parking: The Sabino Canyon Visitors Center and Bookstore has trail guides and sells gifts and books. There are bathrooms, drinking fountains.
Entry fees: $5 parking plus $3 per person for tram
Dogs: no dogs allowed in this park
Always carry and drink plenty of water!
Sunscreen and insect repellent is advised.
Supportive footwear is also advisable.
Water shoes can be helpful around rocks and water.
SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions.
Hike at your own risk.
TO GET THERE:.
From the Phoenix area, take I-10 East towards Tucson. Once at the Tucson city limits, take the Ida Road exit East. Continue on this road for 15.2 miles as it changes name from Ida Road to Skyline Drive, and then to Sunrise Drive. Once you reach the intersection for Sabino canyon road, turn left at the light and the Visitor Center will be on the Right. $5 entry fee per Vehicle.
MESSAGE FOR CARPOOLERS:
Carpooling can save gas but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements. You could email members or post comments on this announcement page.
Google says the visitor center is 2 hours 15 minutes from the I-17 & 101
Google says the visitor center is 2 hours from the I-10 & 51
Google says the visitor center is 2 hours from the 60 & 101
Following the hike: We will reconvene for rehydration and food locally. Perhaps at Acacia Real Food & Cocktails 3001 E. Skyline Drive Tucson[masked]
This is the first of what may be from 1-3 hikes over 1-3 days in the Tucson area depending on each individual hiker’s preferences. Hikers participating in several hikes are encouraged to use overnight lodging in Tucson to avoid long tiring drives from Phoenix. Several of us are staying at The Arizona Riverpark Inn (http://www.theriverparkinn.com/).