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Bear Canyon Trail #29

Intermediate
 4.3 (12)

Easy, diverse trail that offers great views of the desert landscape.


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Map Key

8.5

Miles

13.7

KM

Point to Point

4,816' 1,468 m

High

2,684' 818 m

Low

2,239' 682 m

Up

373' 114 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

39%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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Description

The boulders, sycamore trees, and water make Bear Canyon worth the trip. The best part of the trail is Seven Falls, about two miles in from the mouth of the canyon, there is a fork in the trail. The fork that goes down to the left will take you to an area of slick rock with waterfalls both above and below.

While none of these seven waterfalls are that tall (the largest not more than about 20 feet), they are beautiful sights in the desert landscape. The water flows across the slick rock forming a number of small pools. The place is perfect for sunbathing or if you want, yo can climb up the rock cliffs to the next fall.

After checking out the falls, the trail switches back sharply, higher up the east wall of the canyon offering awesome views of the falls. Eventually the trail will cross over a side draining canyon and climb above the falls to continue further up Bear Canyon. The trails environment soon changes to a grassy, more shallow canyon. After climbing the trail you'll end up on the east side of the canyon. If there is water there will be a number of pools and falls, and the colorful trees sprawled out to take in the moisture. This section of the trail is a great change of pace and provides for unique environmental changes all the way to the end.

Flora & Fauna

Look for a few pine, fir, aspen, cottonwood, and sycamore near wet areas. Mostly desert fauna.

Contacts

Shared By:

Justin S.

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  4.3 from 12 votes

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Photos

View looking at Seven Falls!
Sep 9, 2017 near Tanque…, AZ
Along the ridge on the Bear Canyon Trail
May 1, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ
River bed at Bear Canyon
May 1, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ
Just after the turn on to AZT.
Aug 7, 2017 near Tanque…, AZ
Looking down Bear Canyon from top
Aug 7, 2017 near Tanque…, AZ
Looking down Bear Canyon from Seven Falls.
Apr 10, 2021 near Tanque…, AZ

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Jan 3, 2021
DD Demers
Nov 3, 2020
Charles Paige
14mi — 5h 00m
Sep 30, 2020
Caroline Ulczycki
Mar 29, 2020
H Romero
Aug 20, 2019
Emily Freed
10mi
Apr 17, 2019
David Raphael
Apr 10, 2019
Nicole Thompson
8.5mi
Jan 26, 2019
April Richardson
Hikes this with Joshua. He walked half and then was carried for half. 8.6mi