We turned onto Phoneline Trail from Bear Canyon Road, and followed it up to the beginning of Blackett's Ridge Trail.
Blackett's Ridge Trail is only 1.7 miles long but it is steep and considered difficult. The trail guide says this trail is not for beginners.
I walk regularly, but I'm not much of a mountain climber, so we went slowly. It took us nearly six hours to walk the six mile round trip, from the visitor center to the end of Blackett's Ridge Trail, and back the same way. We stopped often to drink water that we brought with us and to take pictures.
Below is a view of Tucson looking towards downtown with the Sabino Canyon visitor center and parking lot towards the foreground.
The funny thing about going up Blackett's Ridge is that it often seems like we're close to the top, but then we find out we have a ways to go.
Still more uphill hiking to go.Blackett's Ridge sits between Bear Canyon and Sabino Canyon. You can see a small bit of road that the Sabino Canyon tram goes on, way down there.We saw these two large black birds standing on a rocky cliff. They looked like crows, but they made weird metallic sounding noises, so maybe they were ravens?
It was windy at the end of the trail on top of the mountain. A chipmunk was running around so quickly we couldn't get a picture of it. It probably comes around looking for crumbs from hikers who snack at the end of the trail.
This may be end of the trail, but not the end of the pictures. See what else we encountered in Blackett's Ridge Trail: Part 2.