About this hike: Check another one off the bucket list. Seven Falls was one of the first hikes I read about and wanted to do down in Tucson. Best part was doing it with somebody special :)
Parking was a challenge at the trailhead, and then there was a $5 fee to park, but well worth it. A tram (additional fee) will take you to the trail head. It leaves hourly, and we had just missed it. We opted to walk the 1.2 miles to the Bear Canyon Trailhead.
This was a long 4-5 hour hike over well packed, busy, fairly level trail. The sun was hot, and we realized we forgot sunscreen. A friendly US Forest Service ranger passing by was the savior of our skin.
Sunscreened up, we took in the cliffs around Sabino Canyon which cannot be done justice with photos. And the saguaros stick up everywhere...it's literally a saguaro forest. The Santa Catalina mountains make for stunning backdrops that make the mountains around Phoenix look like foothills.
Once arriving at the falls they were flowing nicely. It reminded me a little bit of Ithaca, NY and the gorges/water falls surrounding that area. I saw an ant with a fuzzy orange abdomen. While pretty neat to look at, I'm afraid of what kind of stinger, venom, etc. might be contained in that abdomen.
On the hike back we witnessed a rescue in progress as an elderly lady had fallen ill on the trail. While she seemed alert when we passed by, rescuers, horses, and a helicopter were sent in. Another hiker who identified herself as being in her 60's decried the elderly lady for even attempting this hike in the first place. She went on to rant about midwesterners, why smoking isn't bad for your health, and her tastes in men. You always meet interesting folks on the trail.