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8 by photographer avatarJim_H
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Blacketts RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2014
Jim_H
Hiking7.20 Miles 2,025 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   3 Hrs      2.62 mph
2,025 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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I did pretty much get up and out early before the storm to hike this just to be over 300,000' for 2014. I got so close, I just couldn't sit right below that mark and not attempt it. If it was a day later, I would have been fine letting it go, but not simply due to laziness at this point.

I chose this as it is a solid winter hike, and I do like the trail and the rock on the trail, which is markedly different than the Pusch Ridge and rocks of the southern front range near Finger Rock and Ventana Canyon. This stuff looks perfect for building walls. I can see this becoming a winter and perhaps spring hike I do often, as it is steep in parts, but then again it is crowded and just no Pusch Peak. At the very least, it is my last hike for 2014, and there is high probability it will be my first for 2015 on Sunday.

As I was all about getting in a little more elevation, I opted to check out that rock structure I have seen from the trail. From below, it looks like something interesting like an old ranger statin, or a settlers home-albeit in a bad location for living, or the Ashram of the eastern Sierra near Mount Langley. In reality, it was something far duller: a pair of square concrete water tanks faced with granite rock. Looks cool, but hardly interesting. However, because I went out of my way to get to the water tank(s), I ended up seeing about a dozen Javelina walking on the game trails below the ridge the tank is on. I do not think they saw or heard me. I've never seen so many at once, even if single file.

Sabino is still flowing well, and the cottonwoods are at their peak.
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