Summary: This is one of the "Must See" hikes in the area, if your in town for a short while and want a hike with spectaculer views of the Coronado National Forrest, then you have to do this one. After you park your car in the lot, walk over to the Bear Canyon trailhead, it will be off to the right of the visitors center. Shortly after you start the hike you will come to a paved tram road, turn right and walk along the paved tram road until you come to a small building, cross the bridge to your right and start out along the Phoneline trail, very shortly you'll see the trailhead sign for Blacketts Ridge Trail. This trail will give you all your eyes generally need of the wonderful mountainous terrain we have here in Tucson. At the top you'll have inreadible views of Thimble Peak to the Northeast and an awsome view of the Phoneline Trail way down below. Bring the camera and gets some awsome shots of you and your hiking partner atop of one of the highest peaks in the Park.
Trailhead: From downtown Tucson take Oracle Road North to Ina Road, turn right (east) and stay on Ina road as it will change names, it will become Skyline Road and then Sunrise Road. Simply stay on this until you run out of road, you will come to an intersection called Sabino Canyon Road , turn left (north) and pull imediately into Sabino Canyon Recreation Area which will be on your imediate right. pay the fee to park your car and ask for the Bear Canyon Trailhead. (Lat:32.19 Lon:-110.49)
Trail Guides for Blacketts Ridge:
Tucson Hiking Guide
by Betty Leavengood (Pruett Publishing Companey)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Coronado National Forest 520 388 8300
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by John McKenna, who has posted 8 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by DC on 6/13/2013
It was in June of 2012 that I tried hiking Blacketts Ridge for the first time. But it proved too much for at the time as I weighed in at near 330 lbs. I have since lost 70 pounds and have hiked it several times. It is a great hike in that you get incredible views of Tucson as well as both Sabino and Bear canyons. It's a bit steep in places, and is a climb of about 1700 feet but definitely worth it. Check out my Google Earth video of the hike at: http://tucsonhikes.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/blacketts-ridge-trail
Reviewed by AZDean on 2/22/2013
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Reviewed by Montaigne on 11/13/2012
This is my stay-in-shape hike during hiking season. I've done this trail at least two hundred times. It's a fantastic hike, and the end of the trail has one of the best views of Sabino Canyon available in Tucson. I have done it in 2 hours before, but it usually takes me 2.5 Happy trails :)
Reviewed by BHB on 1/21/2011
It is my husbands and my personal favorite hike. It was the first hike we went on as a couple and my first time to hike the trail. Always beautiful, always entertaining, always something different to see, and any time of year is perfect, rain or shine. To really drive home my point of how beautiful the views are at the top and well worth the effort, we were married on 09/27/08 at the Blacketts Ridge summit. The view from our kitchen window is Blacketts Ridge, so whenever we have a difference of opinion, we have agreed to go hike Blacketts and remember what the climb is really all about to us.
Reviewed by Oscar on 10/29/2010
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Reviewed by maw on 2/1/2010
Do this 3-4 times/wk. Great run to base of trail. Recommend running shoes for trail if you want to go fast as it is uneven.
Reviewed by T. Shandy on 1/3/2010
I did this hike at night on 12-13-2009 during the full moon. A group of 3 of us rung in the new year at the summit. This is a fun, although kind of busy, hike. As is often the case, there will be far more hikers at the bottom of the trail than there will be at the top, so don't get too discouraged. Even when there are lots of people at the summit, I usually keep going and climb down the rocks another 100 feet or so- anything to find some solitude in high places.
Reviewed by Joel on 4/29/2009
One of the best training runs/hike in the Tucson area. To acheive your best time, you should run the entire road and at least to the Blacketts sign, about .4 mile up the Phoneline trail. Select your spots to run after that. However, once you hit the false summit just before Saddleback, the trail flattens out somewhat, making the last few minutes relatively easy to run. My best time so far is 33 minutes and 16 seconds from the parking lot to the Blacketts summit sign. DO NOT attempt to run down at a fast pace. The trail is too rough. Lastly, if you only time going up, you can stay at the summit a while and enjoy one of the best views in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Wishing you much success!
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