Seven Falls Trail

MODERATE 128 reviews
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Seven Falls Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, AZ that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

4.6 miles 702 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
2 days ago

easy going hike, can take the tram to the trailhead or walk the blacktop. Once you get to the falls climb up the side and you'll find more pools that you can swim in.

hiking
7 days ago

A very beautiful hike. Very easy to slightly moderate trail. The path was poorly marked and a lot of people were having trouble toward the end when the path veered back then towards the falls again. Fortunately, there were people on the trail that helped out. The falls were beautiful and worth it. Saw a few squirrels playing at the falls. Noticed the tram ride was $10 - Ouch!!! We didn't take it.

12 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike lots of water!!! If you go in the next couple of days be ready to get your feet wet. Lots of fun!!!

17 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

It is amazing ! ! there was lots of water.. extremly recomended.

hiking
24 days ago

Legit!

27 days ago

27 days ago

First of all, the Seven Pools and the falls are straight up 5+ stars spectacularly beautiful... but I would encourage you to do it when the water is flowing. On average, October - April are going to be your best months for this hike. After a rain, the waterfalls and the pools are amazing. And when the water is flowing, you walk along lovely Bear Creek for about 1+ mile of the trail -- in fact, you'll cross over it about 7 different few times so be aware that you might get your feet and shoes refreshingly wet. I'm deducting one star not because of the beauty, but because it's a crowded trail and the signage is poor.

Do understand that Sabino Canyon and Santa Catalina Ranger Station are extremely popular and rather touristy -- which brings in a tremendous amount of traffic. So, if you're crowd adverse, you'll want to avoid this hike or adjust your expectations accordingly.

When I have been there, which has unfortunately only been on the weekends, the parking lot has been packed and actually overflowing. Note that they do charge for parking as well. There is also a grade school with a parking lot about 100 meters past the main entrance on the left that people park at on the weekends for free -- but do so at your own risk as there are signs that say they will tow. However, I've parked here a couple times and have not had a problem or seen anyone get towed... yet.

At the main parking lot the Santa Catalina Ranger Station has a very nice natural wildlife exhibit -- and it's free. Great for inquisitive people from 1 to 100.

Regarding the trail to the Seven Pools, I've read confusing and conflicting information about the distance so let me try to clarify. First of all, the trail to the Seven Falls is named "Bear Canyon Trail, FS #29". FROM the Sabino Canyon / Santa Catalina Ranger Station parking lot, the round-trip hike to the pools and back is about 8.8 miles.

HOWEVER, from the Ranger Station you can purchase a ticket for their shuttle which will take you on a nice little tour of the area. The tour can then drop you off on Bear Canyon Trail, FS #29, BUT about 2 miles closer to the Seven Falls -- and this cuts the round-trip hike distance down to about 4.4 miles -- AS LONG AS you hop back on the shuttle on your return hike. NOTE: If you are counting on catching the shuttle on your way back, be certain to double check their hours of operation as I've heard stories of people missing the last ride out and having to add an extra -- and unexpected -- 2 mile hike at the end of their day. Not that big a deal for some, but if you've got little ones or some older folks -- and if you didn't anticipate the additional water requirement, this can be an issue.

The hike is moderate -- but much of it is also fairly easy. Just be aware that there is a pretty good climb for about the last mile. The total elevation gain from the parking lot is about 1,000 ft. From the shuttle drop off point, the gain is about 700 ft. Also, for some reason, the trail signage is really lousy.

A NOTE ABOUT DOGS: The information from AllTrails regarding dogs on this trail is wrong. Only service dogs are allowed on the trail and the rangers, and the public, enforce this. In fact, if you do bring your service dog, you would be wise to have their service vest on them or you'll probably be explaining yourself many times. I love dogs but this is likely not the best trail to bring them on.

Regarding water, bring about 3 times the amount you think you'll need. Don't end up being "that guy".

In summary, this is a an exceptionally stunning area and it's very understanding regarding why it is so popular. Enjoy!

hiking
28 days ago

Seven Falls is one of the few places here where you can go swimming!

28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail on my first trip to Tucson in March. The Eastern side of the trail had a pleasant amount of shade, and it was a fairly easy hands-free hike all the way through. Once we reached the falls, which are quite beautiful and refreshing, climbing up to them to dunk ourselves in the water required climbing through a narrow hole over a very slippery, wet rock. That was the only scary part. No one was hurt the tiniest bit.

hiking
1 month ago

I haven't hiked this yet ... I was trying to find out about taking my dog. This app says dogs are ok but I called the ranger station and they said dogs are not allowed at all.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Love the falls

hiking
2 months ago

Great day hike to play or nice trail run. Would be better with water at the end, hence the name. Going in the middle of summer when it hasn't rained in awhile, probably wasn't the best time. Still a great little hike and nice trail..

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike check weather before going

3 months ago

The enjoyment of this trail is seasonal. Best during Sep-Mar when the falls are running

hiking
3 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike once we got off the dirt and paved roads. Lots of traffic, but the trek to the waterfall is worth it. loved the scenery!

hiking
3 months ago