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I hiked this trail with my husband back in January when I was 38 weeks pregnant (my ambitious idea, not his) and loved it! It was a rewarding challenge with incredible views the entire way. The falls were dry at that time of the year, but it was still well worth it to get to the end. Lots of people were out, but everyone we passed was very encouraging along the way.

definitely go clock wise around the trail. it was gorgeous. it took us 2 hours, the trail is really well marked with white dots. plenty of places to stop and take in the scenery. loved every minute!

went up the trail 5 miles. still 2 miles from making the window. trail is pretty tough. took me 5 hrs 10 min to do 10.07 miles. there wasnt a ton of water flowing at the maiden pools but there was a good amount a couple more miles up. definitely going back and making it to the window.

This is a short hike but it is a good workout hike because it has lots of elevation gain. I recommend starting this hike before 6 AM in the summer because it heats up quickly at this elevation.

on Ventana Canyon Trail

3 days ago

Amazing views but never made it to the rock! The map ended my trail and I couldn’t find directions to make it. Very strenuous trail specially on the way down very hard on the knees. I want to do it again but not alone. I’ll make sure to get extra cushioning on my boots, a flashlight, extra battery pack and to begin the hike at 5am. Definitely a trail for long pants/leggings. My legs and arms looked like I had been attached by a mad cat. Couldn’t go up stairs when I got home and my knees hurt all night. Very peaceful and lonely hike good for soul cleansing but I must say I got a little panicked when saw myself so tired, in so much pain and still 5 miles away from my car in pure solitude. Gotta get back to climb the Window though ❤️ Overall challenging but rewarding prepare to be climbing for 7-8 hrs definitely more then 9 miles maybe more like 10-11

Great Hike, all said and done, we went to the 2nd set of pools where the water was flowing and beautiful. Coming down in some spots were tough on my knees, but others were going down no problem.

The first 2 miles are on hard pack dirt or paved road from the parking lot. The shuttle service was no longer running. The scenery the entire route is beautiful. I hit a dry season so the creek crossings were easy and dry. I can see more difficulty when water is flowing and would bring water shoes or prepare for soggy feet. The difficult part the trail is about a mile from the falls but it’s not super hard. I did find the trail relatively poorly marked given the 7 creek crossings. Because there are side trails by the crossings, pay attention to picking up the trail on the other side. Basically you are following the creek into the canyon so you cannot get lost but can end up searching a bit for the trail. The falls were almost nonexistent but there were pools of water and it didn’t take much to envision how spectacular it would be in the wet season.

7 days ago

Great variety of terrain. Go clockwise to get the workout done first. Last mile or so was flat. Map my walk clocked the route as a little over 5 miles.

hiking
8 days ago

Well maintained trail. Leaving by 8am is great advice. My wife and I were fine with 2 L of water but it wasn't a hot day. Strangely enough, one of the creeks was bone dry on the way up but running pretty good 3 hours later when we go back to it. We ended up using the road from that point on.

probably one of the more decent trails in the area. The falls area is worth a look if you can back in there.

The trail at some of the dry river bed crossings aren't marked so keep your eyes peeled or you might end up scrambling up or down the river bed for a while before you realize you aren't in the trail.

Really enjoyed this trail. Hiked with our 2 and 4 year olds but there were areas where they needed to be carried down the rocks, or helped. Beginning was a bit boring, the middle is beautiful.
We didn’t bring enough water or sunscreen, bring LOTS of water if hiking this during the warmer months.

Lots of loose rocks, but the view is breathtaking. I almost turned around before the final mile but so glad I didn’t. Took me 4 hours but I stopped various spots for pics & a break. Best hike I’ve taken in Tucson area. But my feet are killing me now

This is a solid 4.4 mile hike (8.8mi out and back) starting with a mild 1.4mi flat / paved surface climb. The remaining 3 miles is mostly a gradual 1,000ft climb with mixed rocky, sandy, and step up & down path. Took us about 2hrs with few breaks. The trail ends at the falls which cannot be seen until the last few hundred feet of the trail.

Signage along the path is confusing and limited. It is easy to get off the trail. You will cross the Bear Creek like 3-4 times which also makes it easy to lose the trail. It is heavily trafficked so adjusting should not be difficult. Cellular signal was available throughout the trail.

The falls were dry when we arrived. The water was pretty murky. Beyond that, this is a moderate trail with beautiful scenery. Well worth the trip!

The first mile of this trail is super easy. The next two miles to the first pools are nearly difficult. Nothing dangerous but you will need to judge nearly every step. The pools at the end of the 3 mile trail are a little disappointing. Mostly rusty water with a lot of slippery brown growth. Not recommended for dipping or swimming.

Overall this is a great hike. We gained 1,000 feet between miles 1-3 and the return was less than 1 hour. The views from and the scenery are as good as it gets. Lots of photo ops.

Head out on the trail before 8 am and you will have a nice amount of coverage from the sun one the way to 7 falls. Water felt great and even though it wasn’t running, the upper pool was a very nice place to take a dip and cool off. The hike back will offer little protection from the sun so make sure to re-apply sun screen after swimming and save a majority of your water for the hike back.

hiking
16 days ago

Gorgeous views! However, the upper section of this trail was more difficult than I thought it would be from previous reviews- once you turn up toward the window, it is more scrambling than hiking. Definitely possible that recent rains have washed out sections of the trail; I would recommend high ankle boots and bounding poles for the more difficult sections. The view was amazing though.

Super beautiful trail, sometimes a little steep, nice views.

Pretty good hike. Make sure you bring lots of water and use sunscreen as you will be in the sun the majority of the time. No flowing water at this time though...

Great hike with amazing views... but it's easy to go off the path.. needs more signs showing the way up/down. bear canyon trail #29

Great hike, fun for trail running. Continue past Seven Falls for amazing views from the top down the falls and canyon!

It was a nice, scenic hike. there was plenty of water in the pools below to swim in. The hike back up definitely works your thighs and calves.

trail running
24 days ago

I loved this trail. A did a sunset run/hike around it. The temperature was perfect and there was hardly anyone on the trail. I actually like how it isn’t super clearly marked, and how many different parts you can choose todo and still get to the same spot. The boulders where a good added intensity to my run, even though it was more of a shuffle in those parts.

Overall it’s a beautiful and great hike. Especially at sunset. I’ll have to do a sun rise hike soon.

a great hike with wonderful views..wildflowers up top! bring plenty of water!

Beautiful hike, rocky in spots.

This was the toughest hike I’ve ever done. Totally worth the views at the top!

Definitely difficult! But loved the view from the top! Totally worth it!

beautiful trail .nice picture's kinda Rocky but do able.

This is a beautiful trail with amazing views of the lake. This is a nice trail because there is very few people on the trail.

Great trail, the reward of water at the end makes it totally worth it! Parked at the trailhead on Bear Canyon Rd which made it approximately 6.5 mi. My 8 & 12 yr old handled the distance just fine. Not a ton of water, but enough to get in and cool off. Would like to do again in the spring.

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