Blackett's Ridge Trail

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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
1702 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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6 days ago

You get to the trailhead by taking the bear canyon trail and then the phone line trail. It’s 1.7 miles to the top and a good workout. The trail is steep and has great views throughout. No shade cover so wear sunscreen. Would recommend.

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So I tried following the directions and routed myself to the bear canyon trailhead to start. Perhaps there is more than one, because I definitely didn't start where it says on the map. The trail was so poorly marked that I quickly lost it, got very lost myself and had to walk to a nearby home to find a dirt road to turn around. I'm not sure if there are multiple "Bear Canyon Trailheads" or what's up, but it wasn't a great experience today.

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1 month ago

Fun hike. Start as early as possible for the most enjoyable results.

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2 months ago

Whoever said this was "nature's stairstepper" was right. I should have listened. If you have knee issues you might want to think about wearing a brace for this one. That said, this is one beautiful hike. When you think you're almost there, take a deep breath and kick that thought right out of your head. You're not. Lots of false summits. Be patient, enjoy the views, and bring a snack for the end of the trail. You're going to want to soak it all in up top.