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    Seven Falls via Bear Canyon Road

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    Seven Falls via Bear Canyon Road

    Seven Falls is a beautiful waterfall tucked into Bear Canyon in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. This 10.9 km moderately difficult trail is located at the base of Thimble Peak in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness on the northeast edge of Tucson. With waterfalls, countless bird species, and more cacti than you could count lining your path, this is a fantastic area to hike in.

    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. Since this is such a popular hike, midweek visits are recommended if possible. Note that this route begins from Bear Canyon Road, where there isn’t a parking fee. If you want to start this hike from the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area instead, check out our Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail guide.

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    Route Description for Seven Falls via Bear Canyon Road

    Seven Falls via Bear Canyon Road is one of the most popular hikes in the Tucson area. It’s conveniently accessible from the northeastern edge of the city near the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. The scenery is excellent, the trail is only moderately challenging, and the waterfall and swimming hole at the end are the perfect rewards.

    This route travels through the Bear Canyon, where tall saguaros and big prickly pears line your path. This canyon is known for its 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. We generally recommend avoiding hiking around Tucson in the summer months as it presents a risk of heatstroke.

    This route doesn’t allow dogs, so leave your pups at home. Normally, you’d need to pay a small fee to access Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, but starting this hike from Bear Canyon Road allows you to hike for free.

    Take North Bear Canyon Access Trail across the creek. Where the trail meets the shuttle road, go east (right) to take Bear Canyon Trail #29 towards the canyon. There are restrooms and picnic tables with a view of Bear Canyon. These are your last facilities.

    Past the restroom, you’ll encounter the first of seven creek crossings. Keep in mind that these crossings can be challenging if there’s lots of water in Bear Creek, so water shoes are recommended. Should the water be too high for you to cross safely, come back another time. The wash may be dry at certain times of the year, but other times it will be flowing. Look for cairns on the crossings to help you stay on track.

    After the seventh crossing, you’ll take two quick switchbacks to climb above the creek. Stay left where a route switchbacks up the canyon wall to the right.

    The Seven Falls Overlook is before the falls. Stop here for a moment to take in the view. The falls are most often flowing between October and May, but may also flow at other times if there’s been recent rain. Descend to the falls where the swimming hole awaits.

    When you’re done, return on the same trail.

    Hiking Route Highlights

    Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

    The Sabino Canyon is a large canyon in the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Coronado National Forest. The Sabino Canyon Recreation Area is a popular destination for local hikers and adventurers, providing walking trails, hiking routes, and biking trails. Bear Canyon is in this recreation area, and the canyon is known for its desert vegetation and a wide variety of bird species. The canyon is home to the Seven Falls, a popular swimming area.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is there a shuttle at the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area?

    Yes, there is a shuttle that runs from the visitor center, offering a narrated, educational 45-minute tour in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

    Are dogs allowed in Bear Canyon?

    No, dogs are not allowed on this trail.

    Are there bears in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area?

    Bears and mountain lions live in the mountains near Sabino Canyon, but interactions with humans are rare.

    Insider Hints for Seven Falls via Bear Canyon Road

    • Bring water shoes for the creek crossings.

    Getting to the Seven Falls via Bear Canyon Road Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Seven Falls via Bear Canyon Road is at the northern terminus of N Bear Canyon Road.

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