Blackett's Ridge Trail

HARD 148 reviews
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Blackett's Ridge Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1797 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This is one of the "Must See" hikes in the area, if you're in town for a short while and want a hike with spectacular views of the Coronado National Forrest. 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. You'll see the trailhead sign for Blacketts Ridge Trail. At the top you'll have incredible views of Thimble Peak to the Northeast and an awesome view of the Phoneline Trail way down below.

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Difficult but beautiful. Great views from the top! Many false summits add to the fun!

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challenging with all the elevation. Greatvwork out!

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Until now, I had been hiking the 'moderate' trails around Tucson. This was my first 'hard' trail, and it was definitely more difficult in elevation, terrain, and length. Absolutely worth it though. Once you start to gain elevation the views are amazing, especially on the saddle near the top. Poles are definitely recommended if you use them regularly.

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Excellent views from the top, but definitely a good climb! Once you get past the first mile or so the top is cooler with more wind which helps on the hotter days.

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2 months ago

Good short, steep hike. Lately, I've been doing it x2 for a great workout.

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2 months ago

Great view of thimble peak! I was a little sore the next day, pretty steep going up, but definitely worth it!