Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bear Canyon Seven Falls Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Tucson, Arizona April 4, 2013

                                     Sabino Canyon trailmap (From Google)

Location and General Information: From the University of Arizona take Speedway Blvd. to N. Campbell. Turn left and follow until you reach Skyline Drive (it will be awhile). Turn right onto Skyline Drive which becomes Sunrise Drive. Sunrise Drive actually ends at the Visitor's Center. It costs $5 for a day pass and $10 for a week. This area gets very busy during the weekend so I suggest hiking here during the week.From the visitors center shuttles take visitors to the Bear Canyon Overlook and into Sabino Canyon.

The hike: Today I am hiking from the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center into Bear Canyon to Seven Falls. If you do not ride the shuttle the hike is approximately 9 miles round trip with minimal elevation change. The shuttle takes off about 4 miles from the hike. It advisable to carry lots of water in the canyon even during the spring. When hiking in the desert if you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated so continually drink water on the trail. This trail is hotter than the Powerline Trail because it is at the bottom of Bear Canyon. The trail is easy to follow. Be careful crossing the creek. At the falls be careful if you climb to the upper falls. Rescue is not cheap if you get hurt. Vegetation in the canyon is a classic Bajada mixture including Mesquite, Saguaros, Prickly Pear, and Ocotillo.Flowers seen on the hike include Mariposa Lilly, Ocotillo, and Prickly Pear. (Information from the Sabino Canyon Visitor's Center and the Sierra Club).

                            Pool in Bear Canyon

                         Mariposa lilly

                             Gambel's Quail

                                   One of the Seven Falls

                                    The falls with a beautiful pool at the base.

                             Saguaros in the canyon

                       Another beautiful pool

                            Blooming Ocotillo                                  

                                        Saguaro with surrounding vegetation

                          Looking into Bear Canyon

                    Blooming Prickly Pear cactus

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