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Seven Falls Out and Back

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (15) 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

95%

Runnable

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 run, don't want to pay for the tram, or it remains closed, you'll need to add an additional 1.4 miles of easy running (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 run 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.

Runner Notes

Wider and less rocky than most trails around here (and less steep). This is one of the best runs in the area!

Description

The boulders, sycamore trees, and water make Bear Canyon worth the trip. The run 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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  4.5 from 15 votes

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Photos

View looking at Seven Falls!
Sep 9, 2017 near Tanque…, AZ
Not much water in that fall
May 1, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ
Looking NE into Bear Canyon
Nov 4, 2020 near Tanque…, AZ
My boy at the top of Sabino Canyon, Seven Falls. It was a day with massive monsoons, where we almost had to be rescued.
Sep 7, 2017 near Tanque…, AZ
Seven falls
Sep 8, 2018 near Tanque…, AZ

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Dec 28, 2019
Sean Redar
The stream was running high and we got soaked. But still a great run. 8.8mi — 2h 15m
Mar 22, 2019
Jessica Brown