So I’m going to be very honest with you guys; not many people visit Tucson for anything other than the U of A. It’s not the worst thing in the world. The people here are very proud of our university and we aren’t always bogged down with tourism. But honestly? There’s a few really cool spots in Tucson and I’m really excited to start sharing them with all of you.
The first spot I’m sharing (one my favorites) is the 7 Falls hike in Sabino Canyon. Why is this spot my favorite and why is it the favorite of so many others? It’s beautiful.
I won’t lie to you. It’s hot and even I (with the dark skin and dark hair) am sporting a sunburn after hiking all day here. It can be intense and honestly, my back is still stinging a bit from this burn. But the view at the top is so worth it, especially after Tucson gets a good rain storm.
It’s named 7 Falls due to the seven waterfalls at the top of the hike where there are several little pools you can swim in. My favorite is on the second tier and has a little waterfall too.
What to bring on this hike:
- Extra Water
- Extra Sunscreen
- Good Shoes
- A Spare pair of socks
My boyfriend and I went through over 128 ounces of water on this hike and we wished we had more. The duration of the hike was a little rough for me too and I would have felt a lot better with a few snacks. You’ve already heard why I recommend sunscreen, but here’s the deal with the socks: there is a good to fair chance that you will slip in a puddle and no one likes having wet socks for the rest of the day. You can choose to bring a swimsuit if you wish, but I was fine jumping in the water with my shorts and sports bra.
How long is the hike?
I would plan on 2-2.5 hours on the way up and 1-1.5 hours on the way down. It really depends on your speed. We were closer to the 2 hour mark on the way up, but we were a lot more tired on the way down and it took us closer to an hour and a half. We also spent about 30-45 minutes at the top.
If you’re in Tucson and you have the time, I strongly recommend this hike. It really is a little gem in Tucson and there is so much beautiful desert landscape that you really don’t get to see when you’re closer to the university.