Bear Canyon

Tucson, Arizona

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A day hike along Bear Canyon. Sloping walls covered in saguaro rise above a canyon floor choked with deep-rooted shrubs. There are several streamcourse crossings as the trail proceeds up the canyon; stepping stones provide dry passage when water levels are high. As the canyon penetrates the outer cordillera of the Santa Catalinas, soaring walls of gneiss rise high above the stream. This metamorphic rock is banded into distinctive black and white stripes. The cliffs reach a dramatic climax at Seven Falls. This fantastic cataract tumbles across stair-stepped drop-offs, and magnificent saguaros rise on all sides. A spur trail drops to the edge of the lowermost plunge pool.
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A day hike along Bear Canyon. Sloping walls covered in saguaro rise above a canyon floor choked with deep-rooted shrubs. There are several streamcourse crossings as the trail proceeds up the canyon; stepping stones provide dry passage when water levels are high. As the canyon penetrates the outer cordillera of the Santa Catalinas, soaring walls of gneiss rise high above the stream.

This metamorphic rock is banded into distinctive black and white stripes. The cliffs reach a dramatic climax at Seven Falls. This fantastic cataract tumbles across stair-stepped drop-offs, and magnificent saguaros rise on all sides. A spur trail drops to the edge of the lowermost plunge pool.

©  Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 13
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best September to May
Trailhead Elevation: 2,700 feet
Top Elevation: 4,850 feet
Local Contacts: Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Sabino Canyon; Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's map
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

3/12/2007
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This was a great day hike to see the cactus and desert of Arizona. Easy hike to Seven Falls, and where most people stop. Elevation gain begins just after passing Seven Falls. The trail also becomes the most scenic after Seven Falls, you begin to get a feel for the mountains and the actual size of the Saguaro cactus in the wild.



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