|Edge of the Catalinas with Tucson below|
Pusch Ridge Wilderness
Time - 2:44
AEG - 2,695ft
My favorite mountain range in Arizona is without a doubt the Santa Catalinas. Bordering Tucson to the north, it appears as a fortress rising up from the desert floor with castle-like features on each distinct peak. I first set eyes on them back in 2008 when visiting friends in the area and said to myself "I must see what's behind those walls." Here we are seven years later and I'm still in awe every time I set foot in the Catalinas.
|Bob climbing up Pusch Peak|
|Blacketts Ridge with Thimble Peak in the distance|
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
Mileage - 6.2
Time - 2:19
AEG - 1,965ft
We didn't drive a hundred miles to only hike four, so we decided on a second and drove over to Sabino Canyon for another more moderate trek. I have wanted to do Blacketts Ridge for years now and coupling these two together made perfect sense with a short break in between. This route has all the making of an ideal day hike. Moderate distance and elevation, a well defined route with mostly subtle switchbacks, and finally a great ending point with awesome views of Mt Lemmon and the Santa Catalina Range.
|Boone hiking up the Phoneline Trail to Blacketts|
|One of the brightest Collared Lizards I've ever seen|