Bear Canyon

Tucson, Arizona 85715

Bear Canyon

Bear Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Bear Canyon Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Day hike
Best September to May
2,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,850 feet
Top Elevation
Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Sabino Canyon; Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's map
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018