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Popular Destination hike with lots of creek crossings 12? total creek xings most people like. Wade or Rock hop with poles helpful. Destination 7 Falls are HUGE and beautiful. Resting at base: a few people fell on butts due to camoflauge rock moss =:o. Most of hike is along creek bottom until grand finale cascading Falls. Check Visitor Ctr weather (flash floods) n bring lots of water.

Hike Up from Sabino Visitor Center & tram down. Lovely shade along Phoneline in am.

Me and my crew couldn't have asked for a better place to backpack and camp. Although the hike in with 30lb packs was rough for us since we hadn't don't any training prior to our trek, we made it in, found our spot and survived next to the pools for a good 3 days. The views were immaculate and there was plenty of good places to hide in the shade. The pools were beautiful and there was plenty of water for us to swim and filter. If you're going to do this hike and make it an overnight, make sure you have at least a gallon of water on you and a water filtration system.

Took my dog we had a tiny scare, of course some other dogs were off leash but were super friendly (my dog is not). There was water but the river is not active. Definitely go at an earlier time sun is blazing when you go back uphill to the trail head. Other than that loved it!

Enjoyed the trail Great Views great Swim for the kids Very Pet Friendly

Great workout for such a short hike. Nice views, too.
Directions in description are inaccurate! (They lead you to someone’s private residence.) Park at Sanctuary Cove instead, but begin your hike along Scenic Road. The Scenic trailhead is at the end of the road, just passed Star Dance. (No parking is permitted at the dead end/trailhead or Star Dance.)

A bucket list trail! Hiked with my scouts a month ago- only made it half way. Was determined to go solo to the top. Hiked 3.5 hours up and 3 down - not bad for 63 years young. Photographed a small herd of Bighorn Sheep (9) at about 4,300 feet elevation - made the trip really worth it. 360 views from the top were awesome - signed the book - took over 400 photos on this hike. A challenge - but I love challenges!

It’s a very popular hike here and suitable for many levels of hikers. The falls are beautiful! Several water crossings which is always fun! Make a day out of it.

Great short quick burner if you want to get in a great workout but you can also take your time and enjoy the climb and lunch at the pools (in season). I went yesterday and there was some water. The views are great and photo worthy. Definitely a great hike!!

Excellent way to spend the day. Hike takes you through a canyon along a creek. Great views. Hiking time 3 hours - 14km from parking lot and back. Some areas are not marked well so keep your eye in the trail.

One of my favorites around here! The views are spectacular and it has a fair amount of elevation in a short distance but if you take your time, it’s worth the climb. Take a nice lunch and relax at the summit. Sabino Canyon in general never disappoints.

Enjoyed the relative short distance of this climb, and moderately difficult rocky inclines in places. No shady spots until you get closer to the pools, so wouldn't want to be out there when it's hot. The vegetation was quite nice, despite lack of trees. Saw sparse wildflowers, and ocotillos were showing some nice colors today. Recommended, would do it again.

This was a tough, steep hike but well worth the view from the top. Saw some big horn sheep on the way up. Only lower portion is good for horses. After a certain point it gets too steep and rocky.

We have hiked this twice. This trip reminded us this is a tough hike. Don't be deceived by the short distance. The middle portion is all steep rocky switchbacks up the front of the mountain… up about 800’ in ¾ mile. Very challenging. My Garmin showed hike at 6.1 miles starting at visitor center, with about 1800' elevation gain. Hot and no shade. I would not do this in the afternoon. Bring plenty of water. Not a busy hike so may have nice 360 views at the top all to yourself! As others have said ... don't stop until you get to the end of trail sign.

Stayed in a Condo sitauted right at trailhead. We used the trail a couple times for morning exercise before it got too hot! So only went halfway up. To that point about 2.5mi and 1000' elevation gain. Nice easy to moderate trek with some good views of the canyon.

Scenic views of lake and surrounding hills. Used very little, overgrown.

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9 days ago

This is one of the most beautiful trails in Tucson. It goes on and on and on and unveils more and more of the beautiful Sonoran desert.. it really should be done before 1 April. Really really gorgeous enjoyable hike steady uphill not overly challenging.

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10 days ago

Nice hike, seemed to be steepest during the initial assent. Fun connector to Sycamore Reservoir and further trails. Great views throughout!

Hike this everytime we come to Tucson. Love it! Oh... and jump in the water at 7falls!

Some of the path is hardly marked so it's easy to get lost. However it was beautiful I highly recommend!

This trail was a butt kicker of a Moderate trail. As you get higher up in the canyon the trailer gets rockier and harder to find. The steepest section is climbing from the end of the canyon up to Pima saddle and then over to kimball Peak. The sign at the bottom of the trail says 7 miles to Kimball Peak. I believe it’s 7 miles in and 7 miles out for a 14 mile round-trip. Very scenic hike walking amongst blooming ocotillo’s and Saguaros. Many wildflowers were in bloom there was some water at the bottom of the canyon. Nice views from the top. You can see both sides of the Catalinas.

No water in the falls in early April but the Sagauro’s everywhere were insane!! A totally alien experience for someone who’s never been to the Arizona desert!

great hike! but if you bring your dog, boots are highly highly recommend. the terrain is very rough and will quickly cause pad damage. also, if you hike during summer, be prepared for your self and dog. Not too many sppts for shaded breaks, heat can really take a toll on your dog if you are not careful.

awesome hike with great views of the desert. The bugs were alittle crazy at the summit but overall an unforgettable loop would definitely do it again and bring others to experience it.

great hike really hot day though leave at sunrise

Hiked this yesterday. Started at 1030 and finished at 1345 (but hung out for 45 min. at the end of the trail in solitude--nobody else there)! Views are spectacular and make this strenuous climb well worth it. I usually hike with my 4 yr old, but this trail is not for her. Spotted one snake, one giant hawk, lizards and squirrels. Pretty cool when a helicopter comes down Bear canyon and then back up Sabino Canyon-- and it's well below you! I will do this trail again. Hot (yesterday was in the 90s) so bring lots of water. A must do.

We have done this trail a few times. I would rate this more on the difficult side....only 6 miles but 1700' elevation gain, steep and rocky in several places, hot with no shade. The trail had greened up and was in bloom this trip. Not much water in the pools. There is a camp spot under trees just across the pools for nice shady lunch spot! Great trail we hike almost every trip to Tucson area.

Total hiking time around 4 hours round trip... spent about 45 minutes enjoying the summit. Not too strenuous but it’s a pretty long trail overall. Once you reach the base of Wasson Peak itself from the Sweetwater/King trail junction, the hike intensifies considerably and has quite a bit of loose rock, so watch your footing carefully. The last quarter of a mile or so is stunning as you hike along the ridge of the peak leading to the summit. Excited to do this one again soon.

Fairly easy hike, I enjoy the views every time I go!

hiking
16 days ago

This paved trail was a nice hike. Not a long one, however, going up hill I could feel it! Great stops along the way with benches and information about the wild life. Going down hill was a bit tricky at first due to a knee replacement that tends to cause issues when going down. However highly recommend this hike. The views alone make it worth the walk. All ages were hiking and even some were jogging. More power to them!

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