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Sabino - Bear LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2012
Hiking16.60 Miles 2,371 AEG
Hiking16.60 Miles   7 Hrs   52 Mns   2.93 mph
2,371 ft AEG   2 Hrs   12 Mns Break
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Sabino-Bear loop with an impromptu sidetrip to Hutch's Pool

Took the earliest tram up- luckily the rest of the group just wanted to get to the top, so the driver took us up quickly without the narration. He said we were the best group he'd had all week. Enjoyed the views down on Jammed Log Pool and Rainbow Falls from the Sabino Canyon Trail. I got to hike with the sound of rushing water almost all day long.

I was surprised to see most of the snow had melted. The trail was lined with a riot of color from all the wildflowers. As the Sabino Basin came into view, I got an idea. How about a trip to Hutch's Pool added onto my loop? It sounded so inviting, I could hardly resist. I managed to get out a text to Mr. Sirena about my change of plans and off I went.

Just as I turned off onto the Arizona Trail/West Fork, I ran into Steve, one of the Crazies trailbuilding crew, out for a night on Romero Pass. It's always great to see a fellow Crazie- don't see them as much anymore now that the AZT is finished. Good thing there's always maintenance and reroutes. Got to Hutch's pool right after a group of college kids had left. Dunked my feet, had a snack and took an extra liter of water thanks to Steve's filter. It was toasty and I had my umbrella out all day long.

I hiked back to the East Fork junction to continue my loop among scattered poppies. I saw a young man with a couple of sips left of water that was contemplating doing the loop, thankfully he went back toward Sabino. I was feeling good as I hiked the lazy switchbacks up to the viewful Bear Canyon Tr. junction. Just a little more climbing and I topped out, then Thimble Peak came into view.

Stopped at Thimble Flat for a break, then continued on down the switchbacks to the creek crossing. Couldn't resist dunking my feet. More people appeared, some of them naked, as I got closer to 7 Falls. The switchbacks down to the falls were covered in wildflowers. What a wonderful way to spend a day in the Catalinas!

Wildflowers were substantial on Sabino Canyon Tr. and lower Bear Canyon Tr, but overall I'd give it a moderate rating.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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