|Hiking||13.50 Miles|| 7 Hrs 20 Mns || ||1.84 mph|
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As usual I rushed out of the house to get hiking without a very good understanding of where I was going.
I hadn't hiked out of the marina before and I kept low following the creek up the canyon. While having a lunch near the 2nd Water-Boulder Canyon intersection a couple came by and told me it was a nice hike over to the LaBarge Narrows - just take a left and go over the ridge about a mile further upstream - clearly marked with cairns.
Well I never really noticed a cairn but I did get a nice view of 9 people up on Battleship with one more waiting alongside the trail. I continued up to Cavalry Trail and took that to LaBarge Creek. I was curious about LaBarge Box and whether there'd be a "trail" visible down the drainage at the intersection. (I only found out after I got home and did some reading that this is indeed where stalwart hikers end the LaBarge bushwack and head back home using the route I had come up.) Anyway, it was 2PM, LaBarge Creek didn't look inviting and I didn't figure I had enough daylight to extend the loop - so I turned around.
Along Cavalry I ran into 4 backpackers looking for a missing pair from their party. The Battleship trail waiter was still there wondering where her party was....another half mile down Boulder Creek I saw the group still high on the rock. At the Indian Paint Mine I ran into a couple of nice fellas from a local hiking club who were returning from a well-planned hike up to the LaBarge Box turn around with a bushwack over to Boulder Creek (the same route the couple mentioned to me earlier). They filled me in on a few details and we walked together back to the marina on #103. Frankly I was surprised to find out that this beautiful but high climbing trail is the standard way in, not the creek route I had followed.
Next time I go to this area I'll be better organized - promise. Had a nice day hiking anyway.