Seven Falls via Bear Canyon Road

EASY 32 reviews
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Seven Falls via Bear Canyon Road is a 6.7 mile heavily 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
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
902 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

12 days 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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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