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Bear Canyon from Catalina HighwayTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2005
Lizard
Hiking6.60 Miles 460 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles
460 ft AEG
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There's an easier alternative to reach Seven Cataracts than the description given by Joe. Starting from the Gordon Hirabashi Recreation Site (aka Prison Camp), take the Sycamore Reservoir trail an easy, gentle 1.8 miles to Sycamore Reservoir. Then, head north cross-country, following Bear Creek 1.5 miles to Seven Cataracts. This makes for a slightly longer trip (roughly 6.6 miles roundtrip), but is far easier than bushwhacking down the steep slope from the highway at Seven Cataracts lookout. Quite a bit of wading is necessary to follow this route.

Seven Cataracts was in full flow this Saturday following the last month's rains, and was quite impressive. Even better was the short narrows and misty waterfall along Bear Creek upstream from seven cataracts.
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