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Cathy Meyer | Published on 2/14/2024

According to Betty Leavengood’s Tucson Hiking Guide, in 1937 teacher Don Everett of the Southern Arizona School for Boys named Blackett’s Ridge for one of his students — Hill Blackett, Jr. — after they ascended it on horseback. 


In mid-December of 2023, six SaddleBrooke hikers tackled Blackett’s Ridge on foot - which the group would attest was a bit more challenging than doing it on horseback.

Hikers: Dianna Wilson, Bruce Olson, Susan Hollis, Barbara Rutt, Ruth Caldwell, Guide: Cathy Meyer

Skies were mostly cloudy, and the temperature ranged from the high 50’s to low 60’s. At the top of the ridge, the group encountered sprinkles; but happily, there was no threat of a downpour. The sun managed to burn off most of the cloud cover by the time the group was headed downhill.  


This made it a perfect day for what Leavengood called “one of the best little hikes in the Tucson area.”