Upon first visiting the area and finding it to be a cyclist's dream, I naturally expected my free time would be consumed a lot by cycling and a little by hiking. However, there is something about the three mountain ranges encircling the area and the many peaks to be reached, not easily but worth the effort for the fantastic views.
Wednesday, I hiked up to Blackett's Ridge out of Sabino Canyon. At 1.7 miles and 1800' of elevation gain, it's one of the shortest hikes but pretty steep and so, after 51:17 (which included 1.3 miles of flat trail to the base of the BR trail so a total of 3 miles), I sat on a cliff edge and watched the world go by far below.
I headed down the other side of the ridge but got cliffed out and had to turn around, catching this view to the west. A good start to my stay out here and tomorrow, a night hike with some locals.