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Blackett's Ridge Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from September until May.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 1,765 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Fee No dogs
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This trail starts in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area - which does not allow 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. Note: There is a $5 fee to enter the park

Coronado National Forest 520 388 8300

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.

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Peter Vieira
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It's great. I love it. Maybe my toughest run.

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AZEverson3 @520
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It’s ‘Hard’ rating is appropriate. Very steep but has lots of opportunity for short shaded rest spots. The views are amazing and worth the trek.

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Lena Ma
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Way too hot in October. Great views on the way up

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Richard Paulson
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Jordan Cowles
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Led to the most beautiful view of the sunset. Make sure to have a flashlight to get back if you are going out for the sunset!

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Ben Hunt
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Great hike, very steep but worth it. Beautiful views at the top, went in mid October and the wind made the weather perfect.

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Bruce Burke
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Amazing views, challenging terrain. Great hike!

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Micaela Hornstein
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Difficult once you reach Blackett’s trail head. I attempted running it for my first time and died, ha. I have, however, walked this trail several times in the past. It’s a great challenge and beautiful views. Don’t get tripped up by the 3 false peaks

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Nathan Kaisler
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Jason Schlueter
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Amos Webb
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Challenging hike up. Lots of elevation gain over short distance leading to beautiful views.

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Brandon Gremillion
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Great trail, easy to follow. Excellent views at the summit. Bring lots of water and maybe a sports drink.

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Erin Gerard-Bustos
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This one is a leg burner, but so worth it when you get to the ridge. Amazing, unbeatable views! Bring lots of water!!

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Priscilla Vera
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Marian Sandifer
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Not crowded at all during the week. Nice views this morning before the wind changed direction and blew all the smoke over from the fire in Pusch Ridge Wilderness in the afternoon. Saw a Gila monster and 2 male collared lizards, no danger noodles though they are certainly out there this time of year.

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Lexy Coons
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Sarita Mendez
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One of the best spots to catch the sunset in my opinion. We hiked it yesterday with a start time of 5:30pm. A bit warm but as soon as the sun set it was lovely. This is a great hike for hella elevation in a short amount of time. My best advice for ditching the mass amount of people that covid has brought out to play: choose times that are not super popular, like sunset. Bring your headlamp! If you have any questions on what gear I use, I’m on Instagram @saritamendez Happy hiking! Leave no trace!

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Dillon Gasper
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One of the best hikes in Tucson for the amazing views at a reasonable distance without extreme climbs but definitely bring water and start early. Well worth it to bring some snacks to enjoy at the end.

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Lex Smith
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Good trail, mostly uphill. Trekking poles would be helpful.

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Jessica Scoratow
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beautiful hike! make sure you are wearing tons of bug spray but other than that absolutely perfect trail!

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Raquel Alvarez
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Started early and still got hot really quick but amazing views all the way up and down. Rescue crews were out so make sure you take enough water and electrolytes!

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sultana peffley
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