I'd been putting this trip off for far too long. Hands down, it's one of the more fun hikes around here. Leaving First Water TH, we saw that a thick carpet of green grass covered the Supes, a gift from the recent rains. The miles to Boulder Canyon from here are easy, and we rolled along, dropping into the canyon along Second Water Trail. Cattails in the desert? It was a cool sight. When we finally got into Boulder Canyon proper, the creek was running well and the pools were deep. Was hard not to just stay here and lounge!
Ah, but we had a Battleship looming above to visit, so south along Boulder Canyon we went. We actually left the creek bed too early, and had to traverse south below the Battleship's cliffs to find the weakness at the "stern", but this actually proved a shortcut. We made note of the more-formal route for the return.
Once atop the relatively flat deck of the Battleship, you get some incredible views of the area. The summit, though, is still a ways to the north. The flat walking atop the airy mesa made that distance easier to bear. Finally, the exposure starts and the scrambling begins as you get closer. It's just a blast: solid rock (mostly) and fun route-finding will guide you to the top, and the directions here on HAZ are spot-on. Once on top, saw plenty of HAZ-ers' signatures and witticisms up there: quite an entertaining summit log.
On the way back, we took the cairned route back into Boulder Canyon, stopping and lounging at one of the pools, which was chest-deep on me! Felt good to cool off before trucking back out the Second Water trail to home.