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Rattlesnake Ridge V with a side of Blacketts, hold the phoneline!

This is an annual hike that Donna and I have done since 2009. Some might call it Saddleback Ridge but for this hike we have renamed it, since on Donna's Birthday Bushwack in 2009, she got rattled at by a rattler as we walked past it. This is the ridgeline in between the end of Blacketts & Thimble Peak.

We will go up Phoneline about 2.9 miles and then bushwack up to the saddle off the end of Blacketts Ridge. We will then proceed up the long, tall ridgeline to the end of it which has great views directly across at Thimble.

Coming back down we will proceed back down to the saddle but instead of going down to Phoneline we will proceed up a steep, narrow chute over Blacketts Ridge and then down the Blacketts Ridge trail to the Sabino Visitor Center.

This is a difficult hike with a lot of nasty bushwacking involved. It is an advanced hike for experienced hikers only.

The numbers for this hike are approximately 8 miles round trip and 3,000' elevation gain.

Bring plenty of snacks and water.

You will be hiking at your own risk!

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  • Vagabond J.

    Best time yet on this great hike. Cold weather added to the overall experience. Great group of hikers.

    January 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    that was a fantastic hike!!

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome hike, Thanks Jeff!

    January 12, 2013

  • Rhonda

    Incredible day! Thanks Jeff!!

    January 12, 2013

  • Kim

    Perfect hike today!

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • Vagabond J.

    To those 4 on the waiting list. None of you have done any hikes with alt hiking, so I have no knowledge of your abilities. The majority of this hike is not on a trail and is difficult. When we are on the trail we will move moderate to fast with almost no stops. If you think that this is not beyond your capabilities, then feel free to join us tomorrow. This is not a leisurely stroll along a trail.

    January 11, 2013

  • Vagabond J.

    A couple of things about this hike.
    1. I'm pretty sure it's going to very cold on saturday morning. Dress accordingly.
    2. There are some velcro plants on at least one section of this hike. I would wear long pants and non-sticky stuff. I had to through away the pair of socks I wore on this hike last year.
    3. If you are having doubts about this hike, or think you might wake up on Saturday morning and decide not to do it, please change your rsvp now to "not attending", so that people on the waiting list may move up on the list. It will be too late on Saturday morning to tell them they have moved up on the list. If you decide later on that you do want to go, just show up. I think we will be ok with the number of people that will attend.
    4. If anyone has any questions, please call me at:[masked]

    January 10, 2013

    • Vagabond J.

      I threw my socks away. I didn't through my socks away.

      January 10, 2013

    • Paul Y.

      That's OK Jeff, David Through always spelled his last name incorrectly. :D

      January 11, 2013

  • Steve

    I was JUST talking about doing this (haven't done it before). Have other commitment then. Guess I'm going to have to figure it out and go a little after you go. Have fun!

    December 12, 2012

    • Lisa

      Depending on what happens with this here waitlist, would you mind company when you go? Might be easier than being in a big group. I will even bring my own saline solution...and spit...

      January 6, 2013

  • Mark W.

    Makes me want to jump on a plane and fly out. Been hiking in the snow around here but not nearly as much fun as AZ, not nearly as much, sigh....

    1 · January 6, 2013

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