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Bear Canyon Trail Professional Review and Guide
"A walk to famous Seven Falls, a series of seasonal cascades in Bear Canyon. Special Considerations: During the hot summer months, plan your hike for early in the morning and carry plenty of water."
--Bruce Grubbs, A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains (Falcon Guides).
Great hike, we went on a Saturday so it was a bit crowded, but still nice as the tail is well maintained. You can hike from the Sabino Canyon Visitors Center for a total distance of 4.1 miles to the falls one way.
A great hike. We went on a Monday and there were still quite a few people on the trail, however after the first few hundred yards, people spaced out so it didn't feel crowded at all. You'll cross the mountain stream six times. If you want to keep your feet dry, I'd suggest bringing some hiking poles to keep your balance while you try and rock hop across. The Seven Falls are beautiful and there are plenty of places to grab a private spot to have lunch or just relax. On the way back we took the Upper Bear Canyon Trail which had nobody on it.
Crossing the seven streams hopping from rock to rock was fun, plenty of water this time of year. Cool to see so much water in the desert. There were quite a lot of people. Beautiful landscapes. This is a medium difficulty, total of 8 9 miles, not the 7 declared in texts. The switchbacks for the last 30 minutes were a little tedius but we had the expectation of the falls to drive us on. When we got to the falls, they weren't amazing in themselves, but it was amazing to have that much water in the middle of the desert. Think everyone has to take a day to do this at least once.
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