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Sabino - Bear Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2021
GrangerGuy
Hiking17.25 Miles 2,950 AEG
Hiking17.25 Miles   8 Hrs   41 Mns   2.37 mph
2,950 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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I was planning to go with my friends to the Hellsgate Wilderness this weekend, but there was snow, and no way we would make the trip in those conditions. So after intensive negotiations, we settled on the Sabino - Bear Canyon Loop. At 17+ miles, it was 3 miles longer than I had done in one day in many years, and I told my friends they might have to carry me.

I am working my way through all of the Arizona Wilderness Areas, and was happy to see this trip took me into the Pusch Ridge Area wilderness of the Catalina Mountains. I could knock another one off my list. Unlike many of the wilderness areas I have seen lately, this is not a lonely experience. The wilderness boundaries are hardly marked, and we encountered lots and lots of people. But it is a pretty trip.

I hung up my federal lands senior pass in the car, and it was just light enough to go without headlamps when we left the paved parking lot.

I was wearing my AZT volunteer hat, and was acknowledged by an AZT steward we met going the other way in Bear Canyon.

We stopped for a few pictures and a short break at the viewpoint above the dry Seven Falls. It was a good news / bad news thing. No water flowing so all those crossings were dry. No water flowing so the waterfall was disappointing. At the switchbacks above the falls I noticed, we only have about 600 feet of elevation more to gain, and we had a great debate about how much it really was. I was really glad my companion's dire predictions of a climb did not come true.

At the top of Bear Canyon, we stopped for a long break for lunch and pictures. This was really the halfway point, and also pretty much the end of climbing for the loop.

As we dropped down into the canyon along the East Fork Trail / Arizona Trail, it became absolutely beautiful! It became relatively green, and there were trees and plants I rarely see. Particularly some trees of the white oak family I have not often seen. We saw several deer across the East Fork as well.

We turned into Sabino Canyon which starts with a brief climb, and then down. There was a lot of water flowing in the canyon. The views down the canyon are quite awesome, as well. We decided to take the road back, rather than the Telephone Line trail. All in all, this is a pretty easy 17 miles. The trail is in great shape, and finishing on the road makes the hiking very smooth.
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