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Bear Canyon Loop

 11 votes

Length

16.9 Miles 27.2 Kilometers

91%

Runnable

Elevation

2,465' 751 m

Ascent

-2,456' -749 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

4,818' 1,468 m

High

2,683' 818 m

Low

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An amazing trail loop starting at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center.

Chad Dailey

Overview

This route is a spectacular loop starting at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center and featuring some great views along the way.
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Need to Know

Water sources are fairly reliable for desert standards. Water fountains are located along the North Upper Sabino Canyon Road, but you'll still want to make sure that you bring plenty of water with you.

Description

Start by heading towards Seven Falls then continue along Bear Canyon Trail #29. The boulders, sycamore trees, and water make Bear Canyon worth the trip. The trail will cross over a side draining canyon and climb above Seven 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 will be 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.

The Bear Canyon Trail #29 will connect to the East Fork Trail #24A (part of the AZT - Passage 11 - Santa Catalina Mountains). Head east along Trail #24A until intersection with Sabino Canyon Trail #23.

Head south on Sabino Canyon Trail #23. The trail curves back and forth, following the contour of the hills. You'll pass a junction with the Phoneline Trail - stay to the right here to continue on the Sabino Canyon Trail #23. After a series of switchbacks that provide a view through the canyon overlooking the city, the trail will connect to the top of North Upper Sabino Canyon Road which you'll run back to the visitor center to complete the loop. An optional bonus would be to skip road and exit Sabino Canyon along the Phoneline Trail, which adds approximately 1.25 miles.

Note: The trail can be difficult to follow between Seven Falls and the AZT / East Fork Trail junction. Use the Trail Run Project mobile app to help find your way.

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Apr 12, 2018
Travis Atwood
16.5mi
Jan 1, 2018
Warren Harris
Dec 27, 2017
Peter Neilson
went a little ways up the climb past seven falls. the falls are at 4.7 or so. 10.6mi
Sep 9, 2017
Chad Dailey
Trail is in it's typical overgrown state between miles 7 and 11 but it was still an absolute joy.
Aug 7, 2017
Steven Terry
16.7mi — 4h 18m

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  4.6 from 11 votes

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I ran this loop today and its a great loop. The creek crossings on Bear Canyon could be a little better marked on the last 2. The section north of 7 Falls is quite overgrown and my gaiters came in handy and the trail is a little hard to see at times. This is also the case on E Fork Tr between Palisades and Box Camp. Also, there is no water until you are about halfway down the pavement on Sabino. Aug 7, 2017

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