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Went out today for an afternoon hike. The trail is in great shape. There was a lot of water today. We were able to swim at the pools at the falls. Lots of frogs and lizards on the trail today.

Nice challenge for a beginner level. The Classic Trail rocky terrain made it cool. I hiked today, while cloudy and windy.

I will definitely hike this again.

Awesome refreshing swim at the top! Can’t beat it!

hiking
12 days ago

It was tough at the beginning but doing it in the morning made it easier. Saw multiple deer groups and other wildlife!! A hike worth your $7 and more. It was summer so we started at 5:00am, I would say start at 4:30!

This hike is beautiful, definitely the most gorgeous trail I’ve been on in the Valley thus far. It has a variety of terrains you traverse; from switchbacks to a little bit of scrambling, and multiple miles of walking too. There is something for a variety of hiking experiences.

UPDATE: You can’t start at 4:30am due to the gate being closed — 5am is the earliest start time.

Nice hike for family. Great lunch spot at the falls.

Love this trail for it's diversity. Beware during the spring and summer, there is a significant increase in rattlesnake traffic. The switch backs in the wilderness part of the trail will provide a hiker with the most solitude. I'm usually the only person on this part of the trail. if you are lucky, you might she see a deer, fox, havelina...There is only a water source at the trailhead. .hike will take you through the typical desert landscape, boulders, a 8' wall to scale, dry dam, sandy river bed, wilderness switch backs, great view of the city in the distance. ..I enjoy this trail early in the morning, around 5:30 am or 6am to avoid the heat and any possible traffic from other hikers...

A good little trl. Pretty exposed.

hiking
1 month ago

Did the Ford Canyon loop from the bike/horse staging area, out past Willow, and onto the Mesquite back. That bumped the hike up to about 11 miles. No individual part of the hike is particularly challenging; there are a fair number of level portions, none of the inclines or scrambles are technical, and all of the switchbacks are pretty mild. However, the number of times you encounter these things over the distance is what bumps this into the "hard" range. There were three or four different hills to climb via switchback distributed throughout the loop.

I don't condone ever skimping on water, but in regards to the recommendation for 3+ liters, I went with only three and had about a liter left when I finished, and I sweat a lot. There are definitely people who sweat more than I do though, so measure at your own risk.

Took about 4.5 hours with a couple of breaks to photograph the scenery. Started at 7:30, which was a mistake, because I finished at noon to a pleasant 107 degree temperature. Go early!

I’ve just recently started hiking so this trail was definitely challenging for me. A friend and I made it to the falls area 05/20/18. I wanted to quit a few times along the way.

We started our hike at 5:15 am and arrived back to the vehicle by 10:00 am. I drank 3 liters of water.

I am so thankful to all of the strangers that passed by picking up on my “quitter” vibe and offered such encouraging lies such as, “You’re almost there!”, “Oh so close, don’t stop!”, and my favorite, “It’s just around the bend.”, all the while we still had no less than a mile + left.
If not for your push I quite possibly would have quit. That hike was so important to me as it was the one year anniversary to of my brother’s passing. I had to make it to the end and back.

The view is beautiful. The trail is rocky and rough at times. Wear good hiking shoes/boots rather than running shoes if you have weak ankles or are a beginner hiker. My legs were so PO at me by the time i had started back down the trail that they absolutely refused to pick my feet up so I stubbed my toes and tripped a lot going down. So thankful no one knew my name as I’m pretty sure I looked like I was coming off of a binger at the last stretch to the trailhead.

Will definitely do this one again.

Not your typical trail. The lack of clear trail in the wash area and especially the big white boulders area climbs add a stress factor to be ready for.

Beautiful trail, but much more difficult than I was led to believe. I have a fair amount of hiking experience and this was a rougher trek than I was expecting. Also climbing up and down the falls can be sketchy even if the rocks aren't wet they're still very slick. Also call ahead and make sure the falls are running before taking this trail. We didn't think do so and the falls only had small pools no running water not even a trickle. I'd go back if I knew the falls were running, but if not there's no way.

Edit: it's also a bit longer than indicated

hiking
1 month ago

No falls as of 5/19. It's a moderate hike but right now it's hot and the sun is relentless. Little to no shade on the trail. It's still gorgeous up there though. There is still some water in the reservoirs but I wouldn't get in it. There were at least 20 'young adults' that were up there swimming and being obnoxious. Don't expect calm and serene.
We walked from the visitors center but took the tram back....worth the $4
Also, it's more that the 7.9 miles the hike description says. According to my 'map my hike' it was 9.75 from the visitors center and back round trip. When we got to the 7 switchbacks it was still about a mile to the 'falls'. We thought we were almost there but not quite lol

I rated this 5 stars due to the views and how many landmarks you see along the way that call to be explored.

That being said, trekking through boulder canyon sucks. Especially in nike runners (my mistake). Definitely use boots on this trail and be prepared for lots of rock hopping.

This hike was actually really difficult for us. Coming back is easier because it's mostly downhill. The falls are just a trickle and all the creek beds were dry. We actually got lost on the way down for about 20 min and it was terrifying in the heat. I think it's only worth it if the falls are flowing. Check with the visitors center before going.

I give it four stars not five because of the crowds. It’s a very popular and relatively easy hike to a lovely spot. Worth the hike but don’t expect a quiet , solitary,meditative experience.

off road driving
2 months ago

The off roading trails here are gorgeous!!! I started at Usery trailhead which was mostly sand but breathtaking views. Then I made the mistake of veering off right towards 10 and Wolverine trailhead and oh my God. This is what I would consider like a black diamond trail haha. It was straight moguls and massive rocks for miles. I have a massive wrangler lifted on 34 inch off road tires and it was still kind of aggravating getting jostled for over an hour straight. I prefer mountain climbing and the occasional spot of moguls. But either way. The trail is awesome and theres 3 or 4 more trail heads I'm gonna check out back there.

The falls started getting small, still plenty of water in the bigger and higher reservoirs. Glad to make through with friend and 3 kids. Still popular even getting pretty hot. The reviews on this site and many people on the way helped a LOT in preparation and not getting lost for the first time! Exhausted and overheated. Will try again when weather is cool and more water in the creek.

hiking
2 months ago

Great overall trail, getting to see a variety of the park. The wash was coated with bugs and lots of rabbits.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a tough hike, but I would classify it as between moderate and hard because of the length. Beautiful scenery, good amount of wildlife, climbing over smooth boulders, this hike offers a constantly changing experience. Highly recommended!!

Popular Destination hike with lots of creek crossings 12? total creek xings most people like. Wade or Rock hop with poles helpful. Destination 7 Falls are HUGE and beautiful. Resting at base: a few people fell on butts due to camoflauge rock moss =:o. Most of hike is along creek bottom until grand finale cascading Falls. Check Visitor Ctr weather (flash floods) n bring lots of water.

It’s a very popular hike here and suitable for many levels of hikers. The falls are beautiful! Several water crossings which is always fun! Make a day out of it.

Excellent way to spend the day. Hike takes you through a canyon along a creek. Great views. Hiking time 3 hours - 14km from parking lot and back. Some areas are not marked well so keep your eye in the trail.

was a great hike but a sign was facing the wrong way and got us off track by 2 miles

Hike this everytime we come to Tucson. Love it! Oh... and jump in the water at 7falls!

Usually very crowded for the first mile and a half but gets better after that. not sure why this is listed as hard, it's mostly smooth and, after the initial mile climb, just a gently rolling path. if you pay attention there is a good chance of seeing mule deer and javalina.

Some of the path is hardly marked so it's easy to get lost. However it was beautiful I highly recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike. closer to 12 miles not 11.5 not that it makes a huge difference. Once you hit the ridge it's a bit of choose your own adventure of going boulder hoping or staying low on dirt.

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