Bear Canyon Trail Fs 29

Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Elevation Gain7,531ft
Trailhead Elevation2,774ft
Elevation Min/Max2771/4850ft
Elevation Start/End2774/2774ft

Bear Canyon Trail Fs 29

Bear Canyon Trail Fs #29 is a hiking and horse trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area and Coronado National Forest. It is 6.6 miles long and begins at 2,774 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,531 feet. The Drinking Water drinking water is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Sycamore Reservoir Trail.

Bear Canyon Trail Fs #29 Professional Reviews and 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."

"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."

Bear Canyon Trail Fs #29 Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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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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

Coronado National Forest
Nearby City
Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area
Coronado National Forest
Local Contacts
USFS Pusch Ridge Wilderness
Local Maps

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Sep 2018