Blacketts Ridge (Bragging Rights) under the Full moon

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Hiking Blackett's Ridge Trail: Sabino Canyon. End of Trail

BLACKETTS RIDGE TRAIL: Sabino Canyon recreation Centre. This is the one hike that literally took my breath away. I did gain bragging rights though!

I went on yet another awesome hike at Sabino Canyon. The full moon hike at Blacketts Ridge trail was one of the most challenging hikes I have done. The hike took 4 hours and we ascended about 2000 feet high. Blacketts is considered a difficult hike and I will confess I found it more than difficult. I did complete the hike with much struggle but I'm glad I did it, as Steve (Mr. X) said, I now have bragging rights, ha-ha!  This is the toughest hike I have been on so far: after seven years of not climbing mountains or hills taller than 500 feet, rising almost 2000 feet at an almost 60 degree angle was as tough as tough gets.

Hiking Blackett's Ridge Trail: Sabino Canyon. Trail head begins quarter of a mile ahead.
The view from each false peak made it all worth the while. The sun setting and moon rising were spectacular . . . took my breath away (literally)

Blacketts ridge is elevated at a little over 4400 feet with the lowest peak at 2600 feet, it rises about 1,800 feet for a distance of a little over 6 miles. It is rated as an intermediate to advanced (level C) which means hiking three to eight miles at an elevation of between 500 to 2000 feet of elevation change. Elevation change means climbing in the same direction with no east or west tendency. This is tough on the heart (breathing) and body (muscle). For a first time, I could not have seen it coming - the steep climb being made to seem easy by the more seasoned hikers that were part of my hiking party this night.

Hiking Blackett's Ridge Trail: Sabino Canyon. I made it to the top, it felt so righteous.
The total hike was supposed to last three hours but at an hour and 45 minutes I was the last one on the trail having told the group leader Steve(Mr. X) and Kim to leave me behind as I was slowing down the party. I needed to catch my breath badly and I could not help myself when it came to taking in the breathtaking views.

Steve (Mr. X) gave me the walky-talky radio and with simple operating instructions asked if I was okay? 'Okay' was of course an understatement given the condition I was in (literally breathless). Nonetheless I told him I was okay all the while hoping he would decline to leave me behind. I was too out of breath to say anything but "I'm fine go ahead, you will find me right  here on your way back" I said. In my mind I kept seeing that yellow sign at the beginning of the trail with the notice of DANGER of Mountain lions, thinking what happens if one jumps out of no where and I'm all by myself.

Hiking Blackett's Ridge Trail: Sabino Canyon.
What about the rattle snakes? I hate snakes with all that is in me.  I would not know the first thing to do  if one showed up on the trail. I did not have a night light because Joe was carrying one for me (don't ask, I read the recommended requirements and I had everything except the flash light when I needed it most). After resting for what seemed like a safe moment (10 minutes or so) I got up and began along the trail again, mostly because I was not sure I wanted to be left alone with the thought of a mountain lion and rattle snakes lingering. I panted as I climbed up a steep curve to a wash along the mountain. From a distance I could see my hiking buddies up about 700 feet up hill, their head lights were turned on and they looked like fire flies . . .

 

Africancrab says:
It was an incredible hike. Until then I had not done anything like it.
Posted on: Mar 01, 2010
TravellingAuntie says:
Looks like a GREAT hike!
Posted on: Mar 01, 2010
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Sabino Canyon
photo by: Africancrab