Africancrab hiking Bear Canyon Trail to Seven Falls

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Bear Canyon/ Sabino Canyon Hike : January 08, 2010

BEAR CANYON TRAIL TO SEVEN FALLS: SABINO CANYON RECREATION CENTER. I was getting restless: restless because my spirit felt imprisoned from the long hours inside a building with great views that I have not time to see. I spend anywhere from 8-12 hours a day indoors and then get back to my apartment to do homework, dine and rest. Since my last trip to Scottsdale, I have not spent more than a couple of hours outdoors. I decided we would go hiking on Friday and my scheduled day off work. My girlfriend Barbara agreed to join Desire and I on the hike to Sabino Canyon. Sabino Canyon has many trails, we did not have a particular trail in mind when we arrived at the recreation centre. We went to the office to get a map for a trail that would last minimum 3 hours.

Bear Canyon/ Sabino Canyon Hike : January 08, 2010
We picked Seven Falls only because the thought of seeing some water was exciting. To get to the Seven falls Trail head, one has to take the Bear canyon. Bear Canyon is accessed from the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area and happens to be one of the most popular trails in Sabino. The trail crosses the stream several times in its first two miles and provides spectacular views of both Sabino and Bear canyons as it climbs to Bear Saddle. There it intersects the East Fork #24A and the Sycamore Reservoir #39 trails. The East Fork Trail follows Sabino Creek 2.1 miles to the junction with Sabino Canyon Trail. For a small fee you can ride the shuttle to Seven Falls trail-head or you can walk the 1.5 miles from the visitor’s centre. Shuttles leave on the hour from the Visitor Centre beginning at 8:00 am.

Even though we set out to go to Seven Falls, we never really got there because we took the wrong trail (phone line).

Stream flowing through
Barbara had got a trail map from the information’s desk to help us out, but once we exited the office, we walked about three quarter ways toward the trail head and ended up taking Phone line to the left instead of continuing on Bear canyon to the right. We hiked for almost two hours before we realized we were heading the wrong way. We turned back down hill, back to the fork where we should have made it right on Bear Canyon. We decided to hike Bear Canyon until we got to the Seven Falls Trail Head. At the trail-head is a sign denoting this as the “Bear Canyon Trail-head #29” and that "East Fork Trail #24A" and "Sycamore Trail #39" are 6.5 miles from this point. It would take another two and a half miles to make it to Seven Falls. Desire was pretty tired by this time, Barbara had an appointment for 5:30 pm. and it was already 2:30 pm. We decided we would hike it next week. So we have Seven Falls to look forward to next week. Do come back to read more about Seven Falls next week.

Africancrab says:
What a bummer. which part of the country are you off to?
Posted on: Jan 22, 2010
Dr_Seuss says:
You might find out in New York :D or might still not be able to tell. Different culture here, live hard play hard :D

Just booked up another wee trip, taking the kids to see another bit of our own country.

Visa apps on hold until after I get back, since I need my passport. Need to get two passport photos still, need to work out which is my best side to get them taken, but will take the applications to the consulate in Edinburgh and apply in person. Be another wee day out for me ;)
Posted on: Jan 22, 2010
Africancrab says:
Ian darling, cheeky or rogue, not sure which one. seven does not cut it for you. How are thr Russian visas coming along?
Posted on: Jan 22, 2010
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photo by: Africancrab