Ever hike Boulder Canyon Trail #103 from Canyon Lake Trailhead to La Barge
Creek just in front of Battleship Mountain? It's probably the 3rd or 4th
most popular hike in the Superstitions. That's a great hike.
However, from my experience, La Barge Creek is rarely running. If you're
searching for something new from the ordinary then give this hike a try.
Instead of going down to the creek let's go up further and take in some real
This out and back hike involves some easy to moderate off trail travel. Route finding is necessary but nothing to get excited about. From the
Canyon Lake Trailhead, follow the #103 trail 1.8 miles. This is about 0.2
miles before the trail starts descending into La Barge Canyon. First,
check out the map. From approximately the 1.8 mile mark which is roughly GPS N33 31.144, W111 24.474
take a left off the trail. You need to get up on this little ridge.
Follow the ridge as best possible for about a half mile to the highest point.
Which is approximately N33 31.070, W111 23.937 This isn't too difficult if
done any off trail hiking. The only bushwhacking is gaining the
ridge. I did this in shorts without incident. Please note I'm calling this an
easy to moderate off trail experience... it may be tougher depending on your
experience. Just be sure to study a topographical map and know where
Midway along the ridge is a
view straight into lower La Barge Canyon. Be careful as it's probably
a 300 foot drop off the edge. From here the going is easy but please use
extreme caution. Much of the ground is covered in resurrection plant.
If you step on it you'll kill natures erosion control. Further more the
ghost of Geronimo will haunt you until death!
Take a look behind and you'll be rewarded with an even
broader view of Canyon Lake. This hike ends at the high point just
before dropping into the ravine below. It's unnamed but I refer to it
onsite here as Geronimo's Ravine. Great views fan off in all directions.
Including a killer head on
overview of Battleship Mountain. - Mar 04 2002 joe bartels