Our Hike to Seven Falls in Sabino Canyon

This past weekend, we went with the girls’ American Heritage Girls troop to take a hike to Seven Falls in Sabino Canyon.  The event was to run from 8:15 to 1 p.m, but it extended beyond that.

We knew it was going to be hot that day (98 degrees), but we were hopeful that it would be cooler at a higher elevation and that there would be shade on the trail.  We were wrong on both counts.  🙂

At 9 a.m., we took a tram 2 miles up the canyon to get us to the trail head.  Then our group started the hike.

This hike is 2.6 miles one way and is rated as moderate in difficulty level.  We had a wide range of people hiking from 4 years old to 60+ year olds, so keeping everyone together was difficult, if not impossible.  Thank goodness for cell phones, especially when the middle and end of the group got separated from those in the lead and took the wrong path for awhile.  🙂

In the end, we didn’t make it all the way to Seven Falls.  We stopped at a large, rocky area and ate our lunch there, though some in our group did go the additional 20 to 25 minutes to make it to Seven Falls.

The girls had a great time playing in the small bits of water that surrounded the rocks, catching tadpoles and watching small fish.  Overall, the trail was dry.  There is a river bed that the trail crosses over a few times, but since we hadn’t had rain in over 6 weeks, the river as well as the seven falls at the top were dry.

This was a challenging hike that ended up taking our group several hours longer than we originally thought.

However, it was fun, and I’d go again, if the weather was cooler.

If you go, make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and water.  We had to apply sunscreen several times, and we bought 12 bottles of water for our family of 5, and that really wasn’t enough.  We had to carefully ration the water at the end of the hike.  We could have easily drank 16 bottles during the trip.

Now that this hike is accomplished, the girls will be working on their AHG hiking badge.

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