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Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

Length 8.5 mi Elevation gain 1,062 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Walking Partially paved River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Closed No dogs
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Closed due to fire until Nov 1, 2020: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6741/52546/

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Deborah Edwards
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HikingNo shade

Most of this trail was just dry and hot. A little too long for me and the kids, age 10-32. We kept going, hoping for the waterfall around the next corner. It’s a long way. The fall area is beautiful but I wouldn’t do it again. Take lots of water.

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Moni Marcq
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Hiking

Nice long well established trail. It got shady at the end, the creek crossings and waterfall at the end were nice.

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Barbara Hirsch
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favorite!

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Erin Gerard-Bustos
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Hiking

My husband and I hiked this trail back in March on a rainy day. We were warned of rising water levels in the canyon. The trail was extra slick that day and we had a fun time hopping the rocks every time we crossed the water. The falls are beautiful even when it was gray and rainy out. Can’t wait to do it again sometime in the future and explore the falls a little more.

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Lupita Jimenez
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky
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Alex Moulakelis
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Hiking

In from Wisconsin for the week and took this trail on for our first hike last Wednesday. Awesome trail and a rewarding destination at 7 falls. Some parts of the trail are hard to follow which added on some mileage— we were up in the 10 mile range getting back to our car. If you don’t start your hike before 7 be prepared to feel like fried bacon. Also water is a must there’s only one fill station at the beginning of the trip.

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Alex Duffy
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Hot

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Austin Davies
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Hiking

The end of the trail is very rewarding with the waterfalls and views all along the way

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Victoria Caruso
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Jil Albrecht
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This is a classic Tucson hike that everyone should do at least once. The elevation climbs gradually, so the hike is never extremely challenging, just long. Go early and bring plenty of water, some snacks too to enjoy at the falls. In early spring the falls are running vigorously, and the water is nice and cool. At peak season, this is a very heavily trafficked trail. Expect to see a lot of people. Today (early June) there was still water flowing, albeit minimally. It was still nice to take a dip at the end to cool off. Saw a few people, but had the pools to ourselves for a good 45 minutes.

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Jim Chase
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Hiking

Nice trail with lots of great views. the Pools at the end were great

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Michael Michael Smith
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Busy trail. Water by the dam. Multiple families found a nice shade tree playing some tunes, eating what looked to be good food with the kids playing nearby in the shallow creek/river. Cool and easy hike

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Russ Ricks
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

Very busy trail. Lots of people in and out. Teenagers running back and forth. Blasting music from adults and teens. The trail itself is nice. A little rocky if that is an issue for you. Lots of good photo spots. Water was running. The water at the falls was full of teenagers, so we didn’t get in, but it still had water. Probably better to go during the week if you want to avoid the crowds. Refill station for water on the way back out was helpful. My 2L bladder was empty by then. Overall, glad we did it. Bring bug spray!

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Abaseen Afghan
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Kristin Fisher
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HikingBugs

Nice trail, relatively easy in terms of terrain! Cross the river a couple of times! Reminder to bring out your trash including fruit peels! Sad to see a number of cigarettes on the trail and trash was in multiple places. Leave no trace, only footsteps! Enjoyed this and the end result is well worth it!

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Donovanz123 .
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Great trail just go early in the morning it gets hot and bring lots of water but the end is worth it

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Deborah Edwards
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We started at noon so it was hot. Trail is mostly easy to follow. You do cross the river several times so need to pay attention at those spots. There are stepping stones so shoes stayed dry. The last 25 minutes seem to take forever but it’s worth it to go to the end. Beautiful little pool to swim with a cascade or multi step waterfall. There’s a place to refill your water at about the 2 mile mark but take plenty. I took a 1.5 litter camelback and ran out on the way back just before the refill station. I was also conserving or would have run out sooner.

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Marcia Dorton
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Great trail! We started at Bear Canyon trail head & then headed to the falls. Shorter going this way (6.6 miles in & out) We were able to cross the water on rocks. Pretty spring flowers too. Went on a Thursday, not too many people. I would highly recommend this hike. Btw, we saw quite a few plastic bottles laying around, please don’t litter!

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Aly Hitch
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Due to COVID the main parking lot is closed but along the road where it says no parking, it seems they are allowing everyone to park there anyway. An amazing hike!! Not too difficult getting up to the first and main fall, if you choose to rock scramble to the top of the seventh fall you’ll be rewarded with a little pool all your own. Though the water was pretty shallow, definitely thankful to have the path where you have to cross the river bed multiple times more clearly marked.

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Sarita Mendez
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This is a Tucson gem. It’s a great half day hike that leads you on your quest for water in the desert! My only advice: go on a weekday to enjoy it more privately. I wear my trail runners and do just fine. My favorite months to do it are: Feb, March April and May. I opt to scramble up to the third pool for more water and privacy. Enjoy and leave no trace! Happy adventuring Check out my local AZ adventures on Instagram @saritamendez

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Jim Macdonald
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Great hike with enough water flow to bring out the best of this hike. Pools full and flowing. Swim if you like it cool and refreshing.

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