March 14, 2016
One of our favorite hiking spots in Tucson is Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. So yesterday we headed that way full of excitement and energy to hike up to Blackett's Ridge. The nice volunteer who gave us our map said we could see the peak we planned to hike from the center. Joe very calmly said "We are going there !" to which I quickly replied, "Sure, it's not that bad." We actually did this hike 2 years ago and all I honestly remembered about it were the most amazing views.
The first 0.4 mile of this 6.2 mile (round trip) trek was fairly level on the wide path that leads to and from the parking lot.
From there we connected with the Phoneline Trail and hiked 1 mile which has a slight elevation gain of about 350 feet.
Then we made a right turn onto Blackett's Ridge Trail. This part of the trail packs a great punch ! 1.7 miles with nearly 1,700 vertical feet of climbing.
The terrain is rocky and rugged...a full-on cardio workout !
We saw buds...lots of buds !
And a few blooms too...
Yippee! I can hardly wait to see these beautiful blossoms.
|(Note how short Joe's trekking poles are)|
Stopping to take it all in slowed us down a little bit. But we were in no hurry.
End of trail...
Joe was very happy that on our last hike with John & Pam (ohtheplacestheygo.wordpress.com) Pam reminded him to lengthen his trek poles when going down. For some reason, he had strayed from the proper length setting on them from last year and Pam's reminder got him back on track (ha! ha!) just before we started the down hill trek. A huge thanks to Pam ! It made a big difference.... no more leaning over when taking the big steps down !
It's always fun to run into locals.
HAPPY TRAILS !