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.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,765 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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

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11 days ago

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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16 days ago

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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rocky
20 days ago

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

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30 days ago

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

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rocky
1 month ago

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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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Getting warm out. Crowd lessens as you turn off to Blacketts. Probably best to start by 6am anymore

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1 month ago

If the views don’t take your breath away, the climb definitely will. The trail starts and ends fairly easy; however, the ascent is fairly steep and there are barely any shaded areas to take a breather. The downhill will have you second guessing your foot placement as you make your descent but overall it wasn’t as technical as I expected. This is definitely a hike that’s worth doing, just don’t underestimate the climb that’s required for this one.

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1 month ago

this was a very difficult trail and I am a very good hiker but I was very prepared for all the obstacles that occurred. I brought three liters of water peanut butter and jelly sandwich in a multivitamin. this trail had no shade so be very careful if you are not good with the sun. overall this trail is great the sites that you see are so beautiful. and the wildlife is almost untouched. in addition be careful about the bees.

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1 month ago

Definitely some super cool views as you ascend to the ridge and along the top! There are lots of connecting trails, so I recommend checking out the map before you get going. I started this hike a little late at 10:30 and since there’s no shade I was wishing I’d began more like 8am. The parking was entirely along the street with overflow paid parking being open but no one used it. Didn’t see any tickets on cars but there were definitely a lot of people using Sabino (though I only saw a couple people on the trail). Happy Trails Friends!

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1 month ago

All rocks all the way up.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great 3 to 4 hour hike. One of my all time favorites. Challenging but not too long and you’re rewarded with amazing views.

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1 month ago

Really LOVED this trail. Once you get onto the spur and climb up a bit, views are constantly stunning. Went this morning and it wasn't too crowded. Saw a kestrel and a blooming saguaro! PS made a longer loop with the Esperero, Rattlesnake and Phoneline Trail Loop, and added on the tiny bajada loop by the visitors center to see the MAJESTIC crested saguaro. Great 8 mile hike (from the overflow lot - fee or national parks pass) Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

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2 months ago

Not an easy hike, definitely worth the it thought the view at the top is breathtaking. Lots of rocks and straight up hill.

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2 months ago

With social distancing it was crowded but thinned out as we went up. With parking in the overflow parking lot we changed up the Telephone Line Loop and added Blackett’s Ridge trail to make the hike longer and more challenging! Plenty of wild flowers along the way. Glad we came out even with the crowds

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2 months ago

This trail has a lot of incline, but views sure are pretty! Helpful hint head towards 7 seven falls

2 months ago

Very little shade but beautiful and fun hike. Initially there were a lot of people, but they thin out as you progress onward. Have to cross a bridge under water (be prepared to take off your shoes) and make sure to climb past the sign at the very end to write in the diary! Total time: 4-6 hrs depending on pictures and speed of group.

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2 months ago

It is a great trail for some elevation gain. It’ll get the heart rate and work your legs. Quite rocky but solid footing. Great views. I did this in 3 hrs round trip from the overflow parking lot at a casual but steady pace.

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2 months ago

Awesome trail. For sure a hard/strenuous trail with a handful of switchbacks & bigger rocks to climb up. Totally worth the climb.

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