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Parking lot busy. Worth it.

9 hours ago

This was such a fun trail to hike!! I went with 3 other of my friends and it was one of the best days I’ve ever had. It was a pretty easy hike, not too strenuous at all.

Awesome hike!! Rocks are slippery. Be careful!! Don’t try to do any stunts by seven falls. Take tram if you have less time to hike. Checked my Bucket list

A nice hike with family from Oregon. Way too many people so didn’t hike all the way down. It was a little warm but manageable.

Please be sure to read my
“VERY IMPORTANT NOTE” at the end!!!

The parking lot and trails fill up fast and be sure to bring plenty of water for the trek. There was lots of water at the falls (3/12/18) along with people and even some crazy ones that jumped in above the falls. The incline is moderate and you cross over the creek 5-7 times before making the final ascent up to the falls and was easily done without getting my feet wet. I suggest that you take advantage of any nice shaded spots to stop and rest on the way up. Overall I enjoyed myself immensely and would recommend this trail to anyone. .

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: there are huge flat rocks at the falls that are very slippery. I managed to slip while still wearing my hiking boots, but luckily didn’t fall. So, I cannot stress enough to be EXTREMELY CAREFUL and use great caution at all times. Taking even greater caution if you happen to take off your shoes and get your feet wet.

3/10/18 - pools were full and waterfalls were running! Absolutely beautiful!

Great hike! Very easy but worth the falls at the end!

10 days ago

We went the first part of March and I felt it was a perfect time to go to miss the crowds and heat. I did this hike several years ago in the summer and it was miserable. This time this hike was fantastic! Yes, it had it’s difficult moments but it was beautiful down and back and the falls were worth everything you go through. Great, great hike.

I went a couple months ago and should have picked a different time of year. There was barely any water at the falls and it was hot

I have hiked this trail twice. Both times, I was with others who weren’t ready for the the trek. Consequently, each time, I had turn around at the 3/4 point. It’s frustrating, but I can’t push others beyond their limitations. I hike with others for safety and company, but I may have to return by myself in order to actually make it to the falls. (I’ve read that this time of year is perfect because the falls are beautiful after the mountain snow melts.) I am always concerned about safety when hiking alone, but I wouldn’t be alone on this “touristy” trek. However, once I do it, I probably won’t return. This trail is simply too crowded—hence, my rating. (Who knows, that rating may change after I actually SEE the falls.)
1. Leave early to try to beat the crowds and heat.
2. Take cash for Bear Canyon tram, if you plan to ride it.
3. Start at the Bear Canyon Trailhead to avoid tram fees and long lines.
4. Take your trekking poles!
5. Take plenty of water!
6. Don’t attempt this trek if you are a beginner.
7. Take your patience; some people are rude.
8. Wear old shoes that you don’t mind getting wet.
9. Wear shorts, as you may wade in the creek, depending on water depth.
10. Have dry shoes and socks in your backpack or car.
11. Take snacks for the trail.
12. Be aware that this is a 6-8 mile RT hike, depending on where you start. (The falls are approx 3 mi from the last tram stop.)
13. Be aware that there are no RR facilities past the last tram stop.

Very easy trail and well maintained. It’s long but worth the hike to the falls

We went past the turnoff to seven falls — no people and some nice areas

15 days ago

fantastic hike, well worth the trek back up. definitely need to make it an overnighter next time, 2 hours exploring just isn't enough!

Wonderful day for a nice hike to 7 falls. So much water, love it love it love it, and on the way back, we also hiked to the dam, beautiful!

Great as always!

beautiful hike, fun trail

Fun trail with great views and water falls

Loved it. Great hike!

28 days ago

Long but worth the views! The senery gets better the further you go. I would definatly do again.

29 days ago

One of my favorite hikes in Arizona. I've done this as a day hike and a weekend camping trip. It's worth spending the night at the bottom. Hiking down, swimming for a couple hours and then hiking out can be exhausting, but it's doable. Bring lots of water, or plan on collecting water at the bottom. The hike out is hot. Be courteous and remember fires are not allowed, I was disappointing to see a scout troop having a fire down there. Fires disrupt camp sites, and often turn into dump sites for trash. This trail gets a lot of traffic, and camp sites are dispersed at a premium, so hike during the week or on Friday to get a good spot. Good spot location of those who hammock camp. I will be doing that next time.

There is lots of rainwater pouring over the falls today.

Great trail, use the tram to get to the trail head not gps- gps drops you a mile from the actual trail head. Very heavily trafficked.

Pretty easy hike my friend and I ran the whole way . The views are alright there was unfortunately no water from the falls. Glad I did it probably wouldn’t go again

30 days ago

A nice hike indeed, a dangerous one if not careful. Hard to find since road was moved! More like 18 miles from Payson, near mile marker 271, right before the green roof cabin at the Boy Scout camp on the right. Do not go if rain is expected and save for summer months when hypothermia is not a threat. The rocks at the base are slick even when dry and many an air vac have rescued those who fell and broke or became stranded going up on the other side. Be sure to stay left when you come to the cliffs. Some people scramble down the cliffs on the right but it is dangerous. There is a much clearer path if you stay left which is a slower, safer descent to the mouth of the canyon. Once there look downstream and know that all of that can be safely traversed if careful. Suggest crossing the narrow stream at the bottom of the descent at the now “top” of the canyon and look for the easy scramble down the first rock face to the water. Continue safely exploring by swimming downstream a bit to next speck of dry rock. Stay within ability to climb back up; small dogs not suggested, but strong ones who swim can make it. Stay safe!

Great trail but be prepared for a lot of steps and walking through the creek but once you get to the falls it is all worth it

1 month ago

Beautiful paid attraction. Plenty of parking and clean bathrooms. Doing the full hike truly requires good shoes as it gets very slippery under the fall. You don’t have to do the full trail. You can get to both sides of the fall from different trailheads.
I’m coming out of a 5 months injury and so that part under the bridge was hard for me today, but it’s not that hard.

Hiked to the Seven Falls this afternoon. The falls are pumping after all this rain! You’ll be crossing the river 7 times on your way to the falls, and then again on your return. If you’re not a super expert at rock hopping, I’d recommend wearing shoes you don’t mind getting soaked ;)

I live in the Sabino Canyon area and hike this area for years. Seven Falls can be hiked by just about anyone but the time of the year is right after the winter snow when the falls are most dramatic. Also this is when the temperatures are perfect. Start early before it hot at noon and bringing water and a snack is a must. I see to many people attempt this hike without any water which is foolish and thats when i watch the rescue helicopters go into the canyon. Please be prepared and enjoy this incredible hike. The best time is February.

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