When we planned our trip (rather quickly) we couldn't find a map of Seven Falls. Of course, it could have been that we were looking in the wrong area. Instead, we went on hearsay. That it could be located at "the end of the tram line". Unfortunately, there was no mention of there being TWO tram lines.
Snaking higher and higher, we walked onwards. We overlooked the valley below and could see everything... everything, that is, except for Seven Falls. Seven Falls lay beyond that humpback-shaped ridge in the photo above, aptly called Saddleback Ridge.
We kept walking, thinking that we could soon relax by the cool water's edge. I kept saying, "It must be around this bend." Or, "It can't be too far." All the while, we went higher and higher. The trail became rougher and rougher, as we unknowingly headed into the Pusch Ridge Wilderness.
Above is a picture of Dustin overlooking what we thought was a dried out version of the falls. Making our way down to the creek wasn't easy. I wasn't wearing hiking boots and blisters were already starting to threaten. The way down was littered with loose boulders and spiky cacti. I had thought that once we got to the creek, we could make fast progress back in time to catch a shuttle.
At the creek, we were greeted by white frogs. We jested that you had to lick the frogs in order to see the many splendors of the Seven Falls. (It is more likely that we were at one of the creeks that feed into Hutch's Pool about two and half miles past the end of the tram line.)
Our walk was not without some reward. The views were amazing and we managed to catch the sunset, painting the canyon walls pink and burnt orange. Blocked by the ridge, cool, blue-green shadows arched. The stones that made up the creek bed became luminescent, shining white in the pale moonlight. The trees became vivid green in the coolness; the saguaro cactuses loomed like sentinels in the dark. Bats swam through the air, diving and twirling, as owls called and unknown creatures scuttled in the underbrush. The stars came out, speckling the sky with hundreds of points of light, and a ring circled the moon.