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Desert waterfall in the lower Catalinas
Bridal Veil Falls is a neat desert waterfall located up Esperero Canyon, on the way to Mt Lemmon. It doesn't seem to be visited often, but is worth seeing!
The trail can be quite overgrown with desert grass. The grass has these "grass needles" that will work their way into trail running shoes (goes straight through the mesh) causing you to stop every 5 minutes to pull the needles out! Hiking shoes might be useful on this trail. The season probably also affects how much grass there is. I was there in October.
Most people will start from Sabino Canyon, which is the closest route to Bridal Falls. It's nearly 6 miles to Bridal Veil Falls, but the first 2 miles are quite flat. Then the majority of the elevation gain takes place between miles 2 and 4, with it leveling off again for the end.
The trail can be difficult to follow at times due to the overgrown grass. It seems like not many people hike this trail. However, with some decent trail-finding skills, you should do fine.
Remember that when crossing creeks/washes, you almost always cross perpendicular to the creek. Trails seldom travel up washes/creeks. Look for the cairn on the other side of the creek. The trail has cairns at wash/creek crossings, but that's about the only cairns you'll see.
As you near Bridal Veil Falls (like the last 1 mile), you'll be near running water. You'll of course need a filter. And I can't promise water will be running year-round.
There's a campsite right next to Bridal Veil Falls. Literally, right next to it. Way too close in my opinion (what happened to camping away from water sources?)
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