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Blacketts Ridge



1.5 mile 2.4 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,380' 421 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 4,391' 1,338 m
Low: 3,011' 918 m


Avg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)


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Trail shared by Stephen Woodall

A very steep, rocky & technical ascent that rewards with AMAZING views of Tucson.

Stephen Woodall

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From the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center head to the far east side of the lot and out the dirt path leading due east towards the Phoneline Trail. Once you hit the paved roadway, head right, continuing out to the east. Proceed down the hill and take another right crossing the Sabino Creek over the bridge and look for the Phoneline Trail straight ahead once across. Follow the Phoneline Trail up until you come to the Blacketts Ridge sign and turn right on it up the hill. Follow Blacketts all the way up the switchbacks and ridgeline to the top and signage at the end of Blacketts Ridge Trail. The trail is pretty easy to follow all the way up.

This is a very popular hiking and trail running route that culminates in some of the most amazing views of Tucson, Sabino Canyon & Bear Canyon. The route is very steep, extremely rocky, and quite technical in many sections. First timers should plan on it taking longer than the mileage would indicate, so bring appropriate water & supplies as necessary. The descent can be fun but treacherous with the number of larger boulders you'll hop down. Beware of loose footing or catching a toe as the terrain isn't very forgiving. Round trip from the parking lot will be about 5.75 miles and just about 1,800 feet of climbing.

Flora & Fauna

You'll find many desert natives including smaller lizards, plenty of cactus, and the occasional bird of prey.

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Oct 20, 2019
Nick Wilder
Jun 8, 2019
Emily Freed
Nice hike, enjoyed the challenge and views. Would be good for sunrise/set 3mi
Mar 24, 2019
Julian Sanchez
Trail in good condition. 1.7mi — 2h 30m
Mar 24, 2019
Freddie Sanchez
Great hike. I went with my 11 yr old son. we enjoyed crossing the ice cold snow melt at the first bridge crossing. We enjoyed it more on the way ba… 6.3mi — 4h 21m
Feb 11, 2019
Darrien Dorr
Jan 26, 2019
Joshua Waits
Parking lot to the summit of Blackett's Ridge and back. Fantastic views of Sabino and Bear Canyon. 6.1mi — 3h 22m
Jan 3, 2019
Jonathan Spicker
Dec 2, 2018
Dave Leddy

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Looking back at the trail and city below at one of the benches approx 3/4 way up.
Jan 6, 2018 near Tanque…, AZ
View looking northeast with North Upper Sabino Road in the distance.
Nov 12, 2017 near Tanque…, AZ
Topping out with the city views in the background.
Jun 23, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ


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