Seven Falls Hike: Tucson, AZ

Well, Arizonian’s, it’s that time of the year now where we all want to break out our hiking shoes and return to one of the reasons why we love this state oh so much, the fact that we get to hike and partake in outdoor activities (really, all year) starting right about…now. 

Note to every other state (besides California): Please don’t hate us, we can’t help it. 

Seven Falls is a hike located in the beautiful Santa Catalina mountains in Tucson– 7.8 miles of pure beauty and I loved every second of it.

Besides when I got near heat-stroke near the end and Garrett poured a bottle of water over my head. I screamed at him and walked faster out of fury, but in retrospect I probably should have thanked him for not letting me almost die. My hair got messed up though and I looked like a mascara monster, so I suppose I can still hold my grudge…

We still took this pic though at the end, so I suppose we’re good fakers.

seven falls trail

I also recommend taking the tram to the trailhead, it will make your life a gazillion times easier.

Sabino Canyon Tram Riding the tram in Sabino Canyon to Seven Falls Trailhead

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seven falls hike view

Anywho, incase the part where you read 7.8 miles made you run for the hills, it’s really easy. And I don’t want you to sit there thinking, “Well, she does this all the time so blah blah blah…” No, guys, I swear, it is! It’s done on mostly flat land and has breaks at every which corner where you can take snapshots or find secret bathing pools. Really cool! Like this one, here:

swimming hole in Sabino Canyon

I also recommend packing in a delicious (and hiker friendly) lunch to enjoy at the falls! Also? Bring a bathing suit! Once you get to the falls you can cool off by taking a refreshing dip in the water.

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Seven Falls is located in Sabino Canyon and you’ll have to park in their visitor’s lot which costs $8/person (bring CASH) + is open from 9-4:30 in Mid.Dec-June and 9-4 on weekdays July-Mid.Dec and 9-4:30 weekends. But really, don’t go in the summer. The falls will almost be dried up and it will be hotter than hell. Do yourself a favor and don’t die.



  • Bring loads of water– I really suggest something like a Camelback.
  • Protein bars or foods packed with high protein are a must!
  • Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! It’s Arizona and you will get burned.
  • Bring a camera– it’s absolutely breathtaking!
  • Wear or bring a swimsuit to change into. If you can fit it, a small towel as well.
  • Go as early as you can– it’ll be more enjoyable and you’ll get there before the crowds!

To get to Sabino Canyon:  From Tanque Verde Road in Tucson turn north on Sabino Canyon
Road 4 miles to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Visitor Center


Have you ever hiked the Seven Falls trail? Where’s your favorite spot to hike? Would you ever want to go?

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  • Julie Enns

    Looks like a lot of fun! And don’t worry, us polar vortex-ers can live vicariously through you!

    • Kayli Schattner

      Awe, thanks, Julie! It was a lot of fun :)

    • Alan

      You make that sound so great as a new cool drinking water system for hikers.

  • Emily

    Aggghhh this makes me SO anxious for summer!! Looks amazing :)

    • Kayli Schattner

      Thanks, Emily! You can always venture down to AZ :)

  • Jess Boyd

    How do you look so cute and photo-ready hiking? haha :) This looks like such a great trail and I’m so jealous that you have great hiking weather in the winter, although I think I would be avoiding Arizona in the summer. Who knows, maybe I’ll make it a snowbird destination?

    • Kayli Schattner

      Haha, thanks, Jess! It was such a fun trail + I don’t really know how I survive in the summer…a pool is a must, but other than that I’ll take 3 months of bad heat over 6 months of snow!haha. Become a snowbird and hike with me!

      • Alan

        Well you could live in the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ like I do. Not too hot, not to cool. Of course that doesn’t take into consideration about the ever increasing hoards of Americans and others living here or being born and living here.

      • Alan

        A backyard swimming pool.

  • Kai

    I’m craving a hike so bad! I love this weather we’ve been having.
    Once again, you win at pictures!

    • Kayli Schattner

      I’ve been loving it too, Kai! And thanks so much :)

  • Brianna Clark

    Ah! Its so pretty. We just hiked to Romero Pools the other day and it was awesome! Seven Falls is next on my list!

    • Kayli Schattner

      I’ve been wanting to hike to Romero Pools but haven’t had the chance!! G needs to get knee surgery so after he’s all recovered I have a feeling we’ll go on a hiking spree :) have fun at Seven Falls & let me know how you like it!

  • shannon

    You always have such great places to go in AZ and I keep telling myself I’ll do them all, but somehow never end up going. This however needs to happen! Looks amazing.Definitely talking the boyfriend into a trip to Tucson!

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    • Kayli Schattner

      Ah, yes, make ‘em happen!! So beautiful :)

  • Annie Montgomery

    Okay, Skinny Minnie! So cute. I’m not a bigger hiker, but this place looks beautiful and, um, entertaining enough(?)! This really makes me miss summer………

    • Kayli Schattner

      Awe, thanks, Annie! I hope you get the chance to go :)

      • Annie Montgomery

        We’re just going to have to make a list of alllll of the fab things to do in the states, so that I have something to calm me down after they pull me onto that US-bound flight kicking and screaming! ;) I kid. Kind of.

        • Alan

          You got a conundrum of sorts? So try a Conundrum Hot Springs experience. If you don’t wear a hat and you soak up the hot sun on your face and forehead, then I can see the sunstroke coming with a learning experience. So, youth is wasted on the young. Maybe it’s also true that happiness is wasted on those who have had no real trouble. But that’s not you. You just don’t know all the great things to do in the U.S. Get to know more,…more as in outbound flights. You kid, I kid. Kind of.

  • Raine and Skye

    Secret pools – love it! You always find such amazing places to visit and you make hiking look so effortless! I will have to check out the trails we have here.
    That’s winter in Arizona, whaaat? Could’ve fooled me. What’s the temperature like?

    • Kayli Schattner

      Haha, well, this was a hike we did in the beginning of March last year actually! But Feb is generally when the weather starts getting warmer :) I think today it was around 75!

  • ksommerkamp

    Wow, this looks really cool (and super warm as well!)

  • Z K

    I can’t BELIEVE how warm it must be there, but it looks beautiful! Hidden pools sound so awesome :]

  • Mo Olivas

    I live in Tucson, but I’ve never been there! Maybe I should some time. Haha. Also, it’s so weird to see you blogging about Tucson! It’s like reading a friend’s blog! lol.

    • Tatyana Z.

      It’s an amazing hike!!! It’s pretty flat to! Just long!!!

  • Carissa Townsend

    I just stumbled on your blog today and noticed you are in AZ! I’m in AZ too! Love finding other local bloggers! I’ve done this hike before too, and it’s pretty incredible! The views are amazing!! Can’t wait to follow along!

  • Aukele | 91DASH

    Um that looks like a blast!! AND don’t forget you can hike in HAWAII any time of year too :P It’s been quite gloomy this week, but still 80 degrees today.

  • Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren

    I made the mistake of going in the summer…..I need to try it again!