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BEAR CANYON - SABINO CANYON LOOP
Sat, Nov 10
Leader: Bob Waskowich
Length: 16.5 miles R/T
Rating: Moderate Elev Change: 2,050’
MEET in Fry’s Electronics parking lot, I-10 and Baseline, 6:00 AM
Remember CA$H for the $5.00 per-hike fee (unless you have a current $15 annual membership), another $5.00 for parking and for carpooling and/or lunch after the hike.
A favorite loop hike of mine, we head east from the visitors center a couple miles to the Bear Canyon/Seven Falls trail. A gentle climb up to the Seven Falls and once beyond that point we climb through high grassland with the creek[masked] feet below us up to the Thimble Flat at 4700”. There you will see another footpath that leads out to Thimble Peak and you can save that to do another day. Continuing on the new Bear Canyon Trail we head to the Sycamore Saddle where we then head west on the East Fork Trail of the Sabino Basin. This trail offers sweeping views of the basin and surrounding mountains. The area is filled with oak, juniper and pinion. After a couple miles we intersect with Sabino Canyon and West Fork trails. Heading south a couple more miles through rugged rock formations on the Sabino Canyon Trail we reach the Phoneline Trail and follow that for about 4 miles back to the visitor center. For those who wish to perhaps get out of the sun and into some partial shade there is always the option of walking down the Sabino Canyon road which does have rest rooms along the way at this point. Afterward we’ll gather for some refreshments. You will need plenty of water and proper sun protection must be considered. This hike is in full sun all day and with travel time you can plan on at least a 12 hour day minimum (hike time is 7 to 8 hours + travel time).