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Seven Falls Out and Back

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (18) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

One of the finest trails in the Catalinas to an amazing set of waterfalls and pools.


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5.3

Miles

8.6

KM

Out and Back

3,355' 1,023 m

High

2,794' 852 m

Low

604' 184 m

Up

604' 184 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

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Features Swimming · Views · Waterfall

Overview

With a relatively easy trail, lots of fun stream crossings, pools big enough to swim in, and waterfalls most of the year, this one is hard to beat!

If the tram is running (it is closed in 2018), take it to the farthest point in Bear Canyon. If you want a longer hike, don't want to pay for the tram, or it remains closed, you'll need to add an additional 1.4 miles of easy hiking (on trail or road, your choice) each way.

Need to Know

The Tram is currently not operating for all of 2018. It should come back, perhaps in 2019, but until then you'll need to hike an additional easy 1.4 miles from the main parking area to the start of this trail. You can take the road or the Bear Canyon Trail #29.

If it has recently rained, the stream crossings might be dangerous or impossible. Hiking poles will help. In general, the first two crossings are the trickiest.

Description

The boulders, sycamore trees, and water make Bear Canyon worth the trip. The hike to the falls follows along the Bear Canyon Trail #29, a gradual but steady climb up to the falls. You'll get to enjoy this trail as a gradual downhill on your way back.

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, you can climb up the rock cliffs to the next fall.

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by Debbie Gordon

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  4.6 from 18 votes

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Photos

View looking at Seven Falls!
Sep 9, 2017 near Tanque…, AZ
Looking down Bear Canyon from Seven Falls.
Apr 10, 2021 near Tanque…, AZ
Cacti and cliffs along Bear Canyon
Apr 10, 2021 near Tanque…, AZ
Not much water in that fall
May 1, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ
Cliffs rising over Bear Canyon
Apr 10, 2021 near Tanque…, AZ
Looking NE into Bear Canyon
Nov 4, 2020 near Tanque…, AZ

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Nov 9, 2021
Stephen Gorzynski
8mi — 5h 30m
Aug 7, 2021
Haley Tucker
8.1mi
Apr 11, 2021
hdjohnson
From parking lot to falls 8.4mi — 6h 30m
Mar 14, 2021
Julian Sanchez
Trail was packed today. Plenty of water in the creek and falls from the recent snowfall. 8.9mi — 3h 57m
Sep 30, 2020
Caroline Ulczycki
Apr 5, 2020
Emily Freed
Ended up in dark but pretty as there was water there! — 2h 50m
Mar 4, 2020
Trevor Baker
8mi — 5h 52m
Jan 15, 2020
Dennis MacVittie
8.6mi — 3h 09m