Amy's recovery from knee replacement continues with a big test today' Blackett's Ridge. The elevation gain of 1900' and the steepness and rugged condition of the trail make it a good, challenging workout. If she can do this hike, she'd be able to do almost any.
Joining us is new hiking friend, Marcia, who we meet at the Bear Canyon trail head. This was our first visit as all other times we have started from Sabino Canyon. Marcia leads us across a wash as we begin our 7 mile, roundtrip hike.
A front moved through over night, ushering in cooler temps and some rain. The sky was clearing quickly as is the norm as we take a short break and look to the west.
I've mostly given up on Blackett's as a hike destination because I've done it so many times and the descent beats up my lower joints too much. But, I was glad to be going today to witness what was sure to be a thrill for Amy, once she made it to the top.
About 3/4 of the way, we hike through a slope with monsoon inspired grass growth that subsequently turned brown. I've never seen such an abundance and height of grass on this section. I couldn't help but comment how the color of the grass matched exactly with Amy's hair.
She made it! Blackett's is one of the most difficult, short hikes in the region.
The views always inspire as we look across at Thimble Peak.
There are a few other hikers sharing the views with one couple sitting at the end of the ridge.
Another look west and of course....
....you can't ignore the view down, into Sabino Canyon as ant sized people walk the road. After a brief break, we head back to the parking lot. Mission accomplished.