Explore the most popular birding trails in Coronado National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

Started from the Miller Creek trail head. Two years ago was able to navigate my car there but not yesterday. Water deep enough in several crossings to prevent me but fortunately was able to hop in an SUV for the remainder of the drive. As others have said, this is a 16 mile round trip hike not the 13 in the description. The final mile has an average grade of 25% so yeah, it is steep. It took me just under 3 hours to ascend the 4500' and I would be considered a fit hiker. The 6' monument created by other hikers is a neat attraction and provides a nice wind break.

This trail has two speeds... flat and straight up. The 1st mile and a half meanders up about 200 feet then then fun begins. After this section you really only have another. 1-1.5 miles of low grades. The last half mile to the top is steep but not as bad as people make it out to be. Just left foot right foot no scrambles or zombies chasing you. The top rewards you with wonderful 360 views only stunted by some silly pile of rocks that some kids must have placed. Do the view a favor and help take these down!

If you leave within the next week you should be able to fill your water till about mile 6.5-7 up. However, I take no liability for this statement so please pack three liters.

Fairly easy trail (if you're good on distance) and enjoyable hike with stunning destination. For those who wish to be more challenged, plenty of opportunities to navigate up the falls (though use caution, particularly when wet), while the rest of your party relaxes down below.

Great Hike... will returne soon!

This hike is great. Great views and interesting geology. This area is very dry and can be very hot. The campground on the east side closes 6/1 through 9/1. Would suggest hiking after 11/1. Rattelsnake are very prevalent. We saw a group of coatimundi and a lot of trantula. The creek was flowing as it had rained a few days before. Small waterfalls were seen

Really fun hike. Probably should be in decent shape before tackling this one. A rainy October was good for flowing creeks but I wouldn’t count on water towards the peak. Do not attempt to take Rincon creek trail back due to private land issues.

Trail is hard to stay on towards the top. Tall grass and erosion makes the trail a little sketchy. Phone recorded 3920 elevation gain. It’s worth the workout. Springs are running now too. Not great for newbies, kids, or solo hikers.

This trail has a variety of interesting vistas and interweaves along the creek bed, which when water levels are on the higher side, creates some fun little creek crossings. The pay off on this hike comes when you reach 7 falls (provided there is water at the falls). The falls are not visually impressive, but make a very chill setting. This is a great hike for hikers of a range of skill levels.

Dogs not allowed on this trail.

19 days ago

Beautiful scenery, very loose rock trial. Make sure to have ankle support.

My 1st desert hike since I was a kid....great trail with nice elevation changes with even trails mixed in!

I did this trail on Saturday (10/20). The weather was perfect until the final mile to the summit. There was virtually no visibility, the wind was crazy, and it was rather cold. However, the climb was worth the accomplishment! Despite the weather, I stuck around at the top long enough to catch one little break in the clouds. About an hour into my decent, the summit was totally clear, so I was wishing I’d started a bit later. It was lightly trafficked, the leaves were changing, and it was the perfect hike to clear my head. I plan to go back and take another route to capture better views at the summit! It took me just under 5 hours round trip. Would definitely recommend :)

hiking
24 days ago

Fun trail,, lots of running water down in sabino creek.. even saw big horn sheep this time.. awesome views!!

Beautiful passage, trail a bit overgrown heading NOBO past red bank well. Hard to pick up the trail again during the multiple creek crossings

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.

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.

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

Dog friendly. Nice hike. Good climb to the saddle. Got cold and rainy on way down. Early October.

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.

on Meadow Trail #5A

hiking
1 month ago

Great day hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Rocky, steel, nut beautiful views. Lots of bear sign. Watch for hunters in October.

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!

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.

When we started on this trail we noticed there were no blazes to mark the trail, which wasn’t a problem initially as the trail was well maintained. After we got about a mile, the trail deteriorated to the point where the soil and rocks were sliding into the creek bed far below. Eventually, the trail just stopped. Our best guess is that the trail was washed away into / by the creek or was buried by a mudslide / landslide. We found a way to get to the creek bed and looked to pick up the trail on the other side of the creek as the map indicated. We did find a cairn on the other side marking the trail. The trail there, however, was overgrown with vegetation as if it hadn’t been maintained in quite some time.

If we come back up this way, perhaps we’ll give this trail another go provided the trail is repaired and well marked.

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...

1 month ago

Beautiful hike with spectacular views!

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

Giving this trail 5 for brutal!! Awesome trail but kinda hard areas... sometimes hard to follow trail but we found it back easy!! Saw javelinas and mama deer and baby!! Started at 6am but coming back down got pretty hot!! Will do again for sure!!

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

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