Tucson’s Seven Falls- Part 3

Reaching the turning point of any journey is nearly always fulfilling- and last Friday’s arrival at the Falls was no exception.  Getting up and in there is ALL the fun.

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There are three falls that are accessible to the casual hiker.  I imagine the rock climbers could manage to get permits to go down to the upper four cascades, but I was glad just to have a bear’s eye view to the top.

I spent about ten minutes examining the first cascade, and its pools- both the feeder and receiver.

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Climbing up a short ledge to Cascade # 2, we find this:

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Going up to Falls # 3 is a slight alley-oop, through a safe rock ledge, to the left of the creek flow.

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There is a small beach here, at the hiker’s terminus.  I always count myself fortunate to find others at these sorts of places, so that I may take a photo of them as a couple or, as with the other day, a group of three.  I’m always glad to get a record of my own visit, in kind.

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Looking backwards, I feel blessed by the power of water.  For me, a child of fire, that’s huge.

 

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Going down the trail, back towards Sabino Visitor Center, I was  always reminded that it has been a work in progress to keep this sacred spot in the state that it was known to the ancient Sonorans.

 

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The first people here made their marks, but no doubt found the passage to the top of the ridge as formidable as we do.

 

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I got a nice warning from Mr. Sun that our time together in this breathtaking canyon was getting short.  The flashlight in my day pack wasn’t too fazed.

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Besides, this is another place where I was being closely watched and guided.

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These Seven Falls, in a dryer climate and lower in elevation than their Colorado counterparts, nonetheless inspire, comfort and reassure- just as much as the falls to the north.

4 thoughts on “Tucson’s Seven Falls- Part 3

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