The trail begins at the Sabino Canyon visitor center in NE Tucson. It heads up Bear Canyon, along lovely Bear Creek. There are seven stream crossings, and the trail ends at the seven falls cascading down the mountainside. The creek is seasonal, only running during winter and monsoon season. At this time of year the riparian vegetation is brown, making for some rather monochromatic photos!
This sunny day reached about 73 degrees, the creek added a refreshingly cool feel to the air and the canyon supported a slight breeze, making the uphill portions of the hike more pleasant. We heard that folks even hike this trail during the summers heat, because swimming in the pools make the return hike bearable.
|Of course there must be saguaro pics! |
Pam and I were excited to see this young crested saguaro early on in the hike.
|Not long on the trail we came to the creek and followed it the rest of the way.|
So refreshing to be near running water in the middle of the desert!
|Seven stream crossings made this hike exciting!|
Hans and John lead the way...
|John and Pam looking good along the creek!|
|About 3/4 of the way up the canyon the trail headed up the canyon wall,|
allowing us a spectacular view of the seven falls once we were opposite them.
All those specs are people...this is a popular hike!
|Hans lounging in one of the dry chutes.|
|Looking back down the canyon...Tucson is visible in the distance.|
|Pam had heard there was a crested saguaro near the visitor center, |
so after 9.5 miles we still needed to see it for ourselves...and it did not disappoint!
This gorgeous specimen is located on the nature walk behind the visitor center.