Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Blackett’s Ridge Day Hike
when Trip Report : March 21, 2015
  Trip Report : March 29, 2008
where Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson
the hike     We last did this hike almost 7 years ago to the day, on March 29, 2008, so it’s time once again to revisit “one of the best little hikes in the Tucson area” according to Betty Leavengood’s Tucson Hiking Guide.
    This is a beautiful hike that takes the hiker to the top of a narrow ridge between Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon, with spectacular views of Tucson and both canyons along the way, as well as all four of the mountain ranges surrounding Tucson – the Santa Catalinas and Mt. Lemmon to the North, the Rincon Mountains to the East, the Santa Rita Mountains to the South, and the Tucson Mountains to the West. With sheer cliffs and drop-offs of 500 feet or more from the top of this ridge, we need to exercise extreme caution and not get too close to the edge.
Required:
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
Recommended:
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 7 miles round trip
time Drive Time: 4 hours RT. Hike Time: 4-5 hours.
EC +-1810' elevation change
elevations 2600' (Sabino Canyon) to 4410' (Blackett’s Ridge)
type round trip
starting at East end of the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center parking lot.
on trail 100% — Phoneline trail, Blackett’s Ridge Trail
rating "B-"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost $5 per vehicle to park at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center.
Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 for non-members.
weather Tucson
meet 7:00 AM in the parking lot south of Einstein Bros. Bagels on the SE corner of 48th Street & Ray Road, west of I-10. For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the west curb of the parking lot and not in the Einstein’s common parking area. We will make carpooling arrangements here and depart no later than 7:15 AM. The Sabino Canyon Visitor Center parking lot fills up fast on Saturday morning, hence the earlier departure time.
drive From Ray Road drive southeast on I-10 toward Tucson and take the Ina Road exit east into Tucson. Continue east on Ina Road which will turn into Skyline Road and then Sunrise Road. Simply stay on this until you come to the end. Turn left (north) on Sabino Canyon Road and then take an immediate right into the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. The hike starts from the east end of the Visitor Center parking lot. Restroom facilities are available outside of the Visitor Center.
GPS coordinates: 32°19' N, 110°49' W [NAD27]

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