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dogs on leash
I went a few years back during the wet season. I was curious and had never been before. But to my surprise, I was met with a lovely variety of terrain. There were parts of the trail that were completely flat, and others that were just boulders that needed climbing. Because the ponds and small bodies of water were filled, I had to do a bit more climbing than I had anticipated. The boulders were huge to scale but not entirely difficult for a beginner. I had decent boots. Definitely a nice hike for beginners looking for a somewhat challenging of a trail!
I underestimated this trail completely. The first half was perfect, with a decent incline, plenty of natural plant life and gorgeous views on the ascent. But the second half nearly knocked the wind out of me. The incline was so steep, that my footing gradually became harder as I feared I would topple backwards. The views are absolutely worth it though, especially at sunset!
The trailhead is well marked. There's some parking but it fills up quick so we ended up street parking. No water or bathrooms at the trailhead.
As another reviewer mentioned, most of this trail is Douglas Spring Trail. After the first mile or so, the incline gets going and it's a lot of "stairs" made out of either rocks or logs. The stairs are a great leg workout, but slow going if you're not in good shape. Most of this trail is on the easy side of moderate if you're even a little bit experienced. The views of Tucson are great as you get higher up.
We came on an overcast/rainy day and didn't have to fight the crowds at all, but I expect this would be a very busy trail when the weather is nicer especially given how close it is to the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch. As of February 19th, there wasn't a ton of water in the falls even though it rained all day the day before. It was still running a little bit though and I'm glad we hiked out to see it.
This trail is clearly marked no dogs, but you can bring horses and there's a hitching post right before you get to the falls.
Love this trail! It's so beautiful! Going for a hike, where there's a prize at the end (7 gorgeous waterfalls), is the best! Definitely a moderate hike, with the end being the most incline. Not too difficult tho :) highly recommend! Just be prepared to get wet, depending on the water levels. There are 7 river crossings, and it was impossible to not get your shoes soaked at the beginning of February!