Seven Falls Hike
Catalina Mountains, Arizona
Seven Falls Hike Catalina Mountains Reviews
This is by no means an easy hike Apr 10, 2010
The seven Falls is an incredible wonder of the Santa Catalina Mountains; with soaring canyon walls, and high desert vegetation surrounding hills, it is nothing short of a temptation to the avid hiker. Hiking Bear Canyon to Seven Falls is an outstanding hiking experience with the cool Bear creek waters tempting you to linger a bit while on the trail. This is one of the most beautiful and most popular hikes in Tucson, considered an easy hike, it can be deceiving to someone who has never hiked more than 4 miles. I'm an advanced hiker, but I will tell you right now, it is by no means an easy hike as you may read from other reviews. Again if you have never hiked more than 4 miles, do not attempt this trail without first training for it.
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. You will cross 6 different streams before you get to the base of the 700 feet climb up giving you a view of the wonderful landscape and Tucson in the distance. It is recommended you hike in the early morning before the sun gets too hot, or later in the afternoon when it begins to cool down. At the end of your outbound hike is the much anticipated 7-tiered waterfall in the middle of the desert.
I recommend hiking during the week when there is less human traffic, carry lots of drinking water, it is over 4 hours of hiking and the heat can get to you. Do not forget your hat, sunscreen, shoes that you do not mind taking off to cross the many water streams. Taking off shoes and putting them back on can be a waste of time. Try not to hike alone, this is a much longer hike than your regular 3-5 miles.
There are rangers around to assist in case they are needed, we came across them on horse back and ranger cars.
Distance: 8 Miles round trip
Difficulty: Easy/ Moderate
Elevation Gain: 3,300 feet
Trail: Some difficult spots, crossing the creek beds
Highlight: Water Fall with 7 tiers, thus the name 7 Falls
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