Sabino Canyon is very rugged and beautiful! This is a very easy and popular hike to the incredible Seven Falls. There are exactly 7 stream crossings on the way to Seven Falls.
We will take the wide trail off the southeast side of the parking lot. When you reach the road bear right. Once you reach the end of the road, you’ll spot the rest rooms and tram stop. The beginning of the Bear Canyon Trail is just to the left of the rest room. It’s nearly 2 miles from the parking lot to the trail’s beginning and then another 2 miles to reach Seven Falls.
At most of the crossing points, the footing is stable. For those times when there is a lot of water running in the creek, it can be more challenging. You reach the seventh crossing after about 35 to 45 minutes. The seventh crossing is the hardest when the water is up. But it is usually possible. After this seventh crossing, the trail climbs up the south wall of the canyon on a couple of long switchbacks, and then heads up-canyon, gently ascending. After you round a corner, you see the rock formation that towers over Seven Falls ahead.
About 20 minutes after the seventh crossing you are directly opposite Seven Falls, which is a gorge on the north wall of Bear Canyon with a series of small waterfalls and pools. The trail forks here, with the left-hand fork taking you down to a large pool at the base of Seven Falls and the right hand fork continuing up Bear Canyon. There is a forest service sign indicating that the Bear Canyon Trail continues on the right-hand fork. Seven Falls has a number of large pools. It’s a great place to hang out.
Best Time of Year to Hike: fall through spring
Distance: 8.2 miles round trip
Range of Elevation: 2700' (Sabino Canyon) to 3360' (Seven Falls)
Take I-10 south to Tucson to Orange Grove Rd. Exit, go left on Orange Grove Rd. Orange Grove Rd. to Skyline Drive, right on Skyline Dr. Skyline Dr. to Sabino Canyon Rd. Sabino Canyon Park Recreation area will be right in front of you, take a left onto Sabino Canyon Rd. and an immediate right into the parking lot.