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    Seven Falls and Phoneline Loop


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    The Seven Falls and Phoneline Loop leads you through the Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon, known for their natural beauty and biodiversity. This full-day difficult Loop shows off some of the best canyon scenery in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness on the northeast edge of Tucson. You’ll hike next to towering saguaros and prickly pears, see countless species of birds, and be able to appreciate the scenic canyons.

    This canyon can reach scorching temperatures in the middle of the day. Start your hike early, bring plenty of water, and avoid hiking this route in the summertime if at all possible.

    Route Description for Seven Falls and Phoneline Loop

    The Seven Falls and Phoneline Loop is one of the best ways to appreciate the beautiful Sabino Canyon Recreation Area if you’ve got enough gas in the tank to complete it. The scenery is excellent and there’s an impressive array of plant and animal species to look for. This hike is long and demanding, but it’s a recurring favourite among users who have done it, so add it to your list!

    This route travels through the Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon, where tall saguaros and big prickly pears line your path. These canyons are known for their diversity of bird species, so birders and casual enthusiasts alike will want to keep their eyes on the sky.

    This route can get very hot during the heat of the day, so start your hike early. Also, bring more water than you think you might need and wear sunscreen and a hat as you hike. Wading shoes will be helpful for the numerous wash crossings required.

    Take Bear Canyon Trail #29 as it runs along E Remount Place and into Bear Canyon. Hike along the canyon floor to the point where the trail switchbacks up the right-hand canyon wall. More switchbacks take you above Seven Falls. Look for Thimble Peak on your left before the trail ascends steeply out of Bear Canyon to loop northwest to Sabino Canyon. Head south through Sabino Canyon on a scenic, even trail on the south canyon wall. This will lead you back to the trailhead in time.

    Getting to the Seven Falls and Phoneline Loop Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Seven Falls and Phoneline Loop is in the parking area for the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center.

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