Friday, November 15, 2013

Blacketts Ridge Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Tucson, Arizona November 11, 2013

                               Me with Rincon Mountains in the background

Later in the afternoon on Veteran's Day I drove to Sabino Canyon Recreation Area for a hike before dark. I chose Blacketts Ridge because of its shorter mileage about 4 miles round trip and high elevation gain of 1900 feet from the Sabino Canyon Parking Lot. To reach the Blacketts Ridge trail hike the main trail from the parking lot toward Bear Canyon. After 0.8 miles you will see the Phoneline Trail exit to the left. Follow this trail about a half mile until a sign shows where the Blacketts Ridge trail exits on the right. From here the summit is 1.7 miles with an elevation gain over 1000 feet. This trail is steep and extremely rocky. Watch your footing and keep an eye out for loose rock. As you ascend views open up toward the Ricon Mountains to the east, the Tucson valley, and Sabino Canyon to the left.

                      Rincon Mountains in background with Sonoran desert vegetation

                             Sabino Canyon

                               A cliff from the trail

                      I wasn't kidding the trail is very rocky.