Seven Falls via Bear Canyon Road

EASY 66 reviews
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Seven Falls via Bear Canyon Road is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Indian Ridge Estates, Arizona that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
902 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
16 days ago

It was a very nice trail. This time of year the water seemed to be flowing well, we only made it about a mile in before turning around due to all the gnats and no see-ums. If you plan to do this hike BRING BUG SPRAY! We forgot ours and were driven crazy!

hiking
28 days ago

It's not as easy as it sounds, I'd say it's more for a greater level of difficulty, but the beauty of the path and the arrival at seven waterfalls make up for every rock climbed by the way !!! The landscapes are beautiful and I never tire of admiring the mountains !!! Worth it!!

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous canyon trail. Very little water unless it's early spring or there was recent, heavy rainfall so don't bet on the falls being active. Very easy hike, not much in the way of elevation gain until the very end. We did this trail in late May, started at 8 and finished around 11- any later and it would be too hot because there is almost no shade. I suggest taking the shuttle, it drops you off right at the start of the trailhead instead of walking about a mile on a paved road. This would be suitable for beginners in the cooler months.

hiking
4 months ago

We do this trail alot. Very easy trail for the whole family. Great views and we love the cool swim.

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful hike, fun trail

5 months ago

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.

7 months ago

Made it about 3/4 of the way there. Complaining kid made us turn back. Plan for lots of water & start out early. We went on a day when the tram wasn't running, but would plan next time to go when we can take the tram so we cut off some time getting up there. Beautiful trail and well traveled - saw other kids and a variety of ppl walking.

hiking
8 months ago

8 months ago

Beautiful trail that winds and climbs through Saguaro, mesquite, Palo Verde and crosses river bed many times. The trail disappears every now and then but the route is well traveled so following footprints is helpful. Other hikers are usually close and helpful.

hiking
11 months ago

Approximate time:
~ 120 minutes each way

Beautiful hike. Lot's people but that is a good thing as you feel safer. Took the tram to save time.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Bring LOTS of water and sunscreen! There is very little shade on this trail. Incline and terrain wise it was quite nice. It took us almost 5 hours to complete, but a lot of that was due to rest stops in every tiny patch of shade we found. I'll definitely be returning when it's a little cooler out.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Stay to the right or you will end up on phone line in the beginning. Start early (7am) so you can spend more time playing at the top before the descent. Took 2 hours from the top to the parking lot.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Recent rains in the Tuscon area meant that the falls and the river were still running. The temps we in the low 70's and there was a continuous cool breeze blowing up the valley. The views are spectacular and the falls were gorgeous.
An easy hike even for a beginner although there were places along the trail where the trail could be better marked. At one point when we were unsure which direction to go someone had built a couple of cairns to mark the way, by the time we had come down someone else had removed to cairns.
A beautiful hike to take in spring, in the heat of the summer it would be unbearably hot, ans in the rainy season it would be all but impassable.

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Great hike, but difficult to follow trail at some points.

hiking
Saturday, February 11, 2017

I have hiked to 7 Falls many times, at all different times of the year. I always leave from this parking area which allows you to ski[p the crowds that are at the Sabino Canyon area,. It can be done either way, but this is simpler. When you leave the parking area you will have to cross Bear creek right away. If there is a lot of water in it, then that's a good sign. Because the waterfalls will be running full tilt. I have been to many waterfalls all over, but these are really something to see when they are flowing after either a good summer rain, or winter snow melt. An oasis in the desert literally. Once you cross the creek right there, you will walk up hill to where the well tramped trail meets the road that goes back to Sabino to the left, but you will continue to the right to the falls. At the end of this road, the trail begins and there are 7 creek crossing to make. If it is flowing really well, you will be doing some wading. Some of the crossing still have the pedestals that were built up to use as stepping stones to cross. Those were great. However, a few years back in late July of 2006, there was a major event that took place in the Catalina's that dumped an enormous amount of rain over the range in a very short time. The run off was epic for the most part. Most of the pedestals were literally sheered right off with the flash flood that ensued. Sabino Canyon was trashed too. It completely rearranged Bear Canyon. I hiked in a few days after and it was almost not recognizable. Sections of the trail were gone and you had to figure out ways to go forward. Now years later, it is back to being an easy trek in and out. And the Falls are still as incredible to see as they always were. If you haven't been, you are missing out on one of the jewels of this area.

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