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La Barge Canyon View, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 4.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,668 feet
Elevation Gain 930 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.25
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7  2019-01-07 Daytripper
8  2017-12-30
Battleship via Canyon Lake
22  2017-12-30
Battleship via Canyon Lake
22  2016-04-16
La Barge Battleship Saddle Loop
23  2014-04-12 cdeperro
64  2013-11-10
La Barge Battleship Saddle Loop
4  2013-04-07 josetoe5
12  2012-09-22 charlieaz
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Author joebartels
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Battleship View
by joebartels

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 views!

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 you've Click to Enlarge Mapdone 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 you're going.

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.

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2002-03-04 joebartels
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent of 15 deeper Triplog Reviews
    La Barge Canyon View
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    Battleship via Canyon Lake
    Kelly has the full replay

    What motivates a group of nine to wake up early to go exercise and freeze? The hike or company are strong candidates.

    Battleship beat me today down the balance beam spine. In retrospect backwards may have been the ticket. I didn't expect to conquer the short bomber grip climb and it was fun getting to the spine. Everyone helped, I enjoyed stepping on Denny's back to get up the little five foot pitch.

    Turning around I met Kayla and Amanda. We hiked the half mile back to the saddle then had to part ways as they started at First Water.

    The New Year's gang returned and we headed down to La Barge box. Which is an underrated destination. Boulder hopping back to Boulder Canyon Trail was scenic as Autumn Foliage keeps delivering magic.

    Most of the group rejoined at Carolina's. We shut the place down I tell ya!

    Carried 48 oz, consumed 40 oz

    La Barge Canyon was a sweet surprise
    La Barge Canyon View
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    Battleship via Canyon Lake
    Year 8 that Denny and I have been doing a NYE-ish hike. We picked up a few new misfits to join us.

    A brisk 7am start, but nothing steady 700' climb in the first 1.25 miles wouldn't take care of.
    Dropping into LaBarge Canyon, it cooled right down again.

    Since Ben was with me, I payed the extra $25 for the tour guide commentary. Paint Mine, cave with a cross, old homesteads, mountainside mines, old beds, wheelbarrows, gold stash, caves with eyes, were just a few of the highlights.

    As other have mentioned, the trip to the top is pretty well defined now. once up top, I don't think I've taken exact route ever. We lost Ray to an injury and Joe an area that was not safe for him to negotiate, so we were down to 7 at the summit. I took Kelly and Ben out to the Bow to check out the sweet views before returning to meet the others back down at the saddle.

    LaBarge Box is always a geological marvel to visit. The water was low, but flowing.

    Some boulder hopping, 2 dead foxes and Aylor's place, highlighted the trip back.

    LOTS of people out enjoying the day.

    Great finally hiking with Kelly.
    Wally, JJ, Dave far too long
    Ray get better my friend
    Ben, always a treat to share the outdoors with you son.
    Joe, Denny.... as always, enjoyable

    Thanks all

    The past 7
    12/31/10 South Mountain 620 Trail Loop, AZ
    12/31/11 Phoenix 7 Summit Challenge, AZ
    12/30/12 Battleship Loop via Canyon Lake, AZ - W/ Joe & Dave
    12/28/13 Picketpost-Up-Down-and Around, AZ w/ Joe
    12/27/14 The Needle via the Hassayampa - w/ LP, lil_Denny
    01/02/16 Battleship - Garden Valley Bull Run Loop - w/ Dave, Father Dave, Joe, lil_Denny , Ray, Wally, LP
    12/31/16 Superstition Peak via Hiero - w/ Dave, JJ, Wally, LP

    HAZpy New Year to All!

    some color was enjoyed
    La Barge Canyon View
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    Decided to follow bensondk's description from Jan 2013. Trail was easy enough to follow up until the trail split over to Boulder Canyon. Rock hopped up La Barge Canyon up to the box with some moderate route finding. The box section is spectacular! The trail up to the saddle from the campsite was easy to find and follow. Dropped down off the saddle to Boulder Creek, trail was easy to follow up to the La Barge split. We rock hopped and bushwacked for a half mile further down Boulder Creek until we found the route impassable with overgrowth and deep, dark, murky water. The sound of a rattlesnake in the tall, thick grass sealed the deal and we returned to the La Barge split and followed that trail past the old mine and returned the rest of the way we came. This choice added many additional miles and AEG! We were beat! Cold drinks and some grub at the marina were the perfect finish to a long hard hot hike!

    Plenty of cactus blooms.
    La Barge Canyon View
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    This was a long awaited hike, since first reading about it more than a 3 years ago. I made an attempt on this about 3 years ago late in the afternoon but ran out of time as sunset was approaching and needed to get back for dinner. I was eager to do it again.

    So, it was a nice April day, overcast and cool, good to be on the train again. The high was expected to be 85 degrees. It was my fourth time on the Boulder Canyon Trail. I really enjoy this view of the Superstitions. We had the whole day ahead of us. :GB:

    The familiar views of Canyon Lake, the Boulder Canyon, Weavers Needle, and Battleship were like a warm welcome to this returning hiker. We initially expected this would be an out and back, but then after enjoying the terrain and the peaceful surroundings we decided to make it a loop.

    It was an moderate to easy climb up to the ridge. We choose to turn left off the Boulder Canyon trail just above the ravine. (a little further than suggested on the route) The view is best as you stay to the right and traverse up on the ridge. It's a cool drop off. I love being up high and looking down. Once on top, we got a clear view of Tortilla Flats. Four orange school buses caught my eye as they passed through the town far below.

    I enjoyed the off trail portion. It was fairly easy to maneuver around the small brushes and scramble up the rocks. I always get a little nervous about finding snakes but there was not a single sighting. I like seeing snakes as long as I don't get too close t0o quick! :scared:

    This was one of those times when my friend and I thought, "I wonder what it would be like to make this loop." The rim of the large bowl to the north of us looked inviting. As I studied the topo I found a couple of routes back to the trail. From the high point, we continued north along the ridge and began to find our way around the rim, slowly traversing down toward the west. This route naturally led us down to a dry creek bed where water obviously flows during heavy rains. We stayed up above the creek bed as long as we could, to avoid the larger plants and bushes. Eventually, the Boulder Canyon trail became visible when we came to a drop off. There were larger boulders and a steeper climb down but it was not too difficult to make our way down to the trail.

    It was a nice hike, very secluded & quiet. :--: I'd do it again. :)
    La Barge Canyon View
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    This hike is just an out-and-back hike on the Boulder Canyon Trail #103 to the excellent LaBarge Canyon view, about 2.5 miles from the Canyon Lake Marina trailhead at AZ 88. I was looking for a nice half-day hike for a hiking group with a great view, and this is it. I've been wanting to try hiking down to the LaBarge Box too but time did not allow for that this time.

    I will say that if you're aim is to see the LaBarge Canyon view, as was mine, you are best doing it in the afternoon. This hike generally traverses to the southeast, which means you would walk into the sun in the morning, and then your view into LaBarge Canyon is also to the southeast, meaning that your pictures will be into the sun. I noticed this on some other photosets for this hike. If you compare the pics I've posted to some others, you should notice the difference in the view. I think it's far more stunning in the later afternoon, reminiscent of a mini-Yosemite Valley, with Battleship Mountain as the equivalent of Yosemite's Half Dome.

    This trail has absolutely no shade so make sure it's not too hot do this in the afternoon! I probably wouldn't try this in the afternoon much after early May, until perhaps October. And be careful on some of the loose rocks in the initial large ascent.
    La Barge Canyon View
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    We completed this hike once before back in 2008. We brought company along this time. It still might be a bit too early in the season to do this because the last stretch got a little warm. Cooler temps in the morning and a breeze most of the way there and back helped. We stumbled upon a desert tortoise on our descent from the view which didn't disappoint. Caterpillars everywhere! And I mean everywhere!
    La Barge Canyon View
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    Oh I was eager to get all the way up on this hike. We pushed hard but we left too late in the day and unfortunately ran out of time... was not able to take the off trail portion up to the view point. But we still enjoyed the view of Boulder Canyon, Battleship, Weavers Needle, etc... Next time we'll go up to the view point.
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    Via Canyon Lake TH - West approach, East return

    Chris wanted to get out and enjoy the Superstitions so we tagged along and enjoyed it too. This approach is a little better than the FW approach IMO. The weather was perfect as was the company. Only disappointment was at the summit when we found out Chris didn't bring cookies. Bob and I are accustom to enjoying a homemade chocolate chip cookie from the hike leader on Battleship. It's a well known tradition that goes way back since the beginning of time.

    Thanks for a great hike guys!
    La Barge Canyon View
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    I really enjoyed this hike. The dark ominous cloud play combined with dashes of sunlight set a great tone. I hadn't had a good wilderness experience in a month so I was stoked to get out too. Only saw four other hikers, so the solitude factor was excellent. I started out the day getting up late, then taking a good two hours surfing HAZ trying to figure out what I wanted to do. Hitting a pristine spot to shoot sunset was a must, but I also wanted to hit a good hike in an area I hadn't been to yet, so the plan to hit La Barge Canyon View and then shoot the front range of the Supes near LDSP was hatched. This hike really fit the bill too, not too short, not too long, perfect to fill up my afternoon time frame. The whole hike has really good views, but of course the view at the end is just rediculous. I didn't go all the way out to the end of the ridge, but stopped at the western highpoint. Had a great time up there taking it all in. Got a little rain and a little hail on the way down. Just a great hike. Left with ample to time to hit my photography plans on my way back too.
    La Barge Canyon View
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    My wife and I arrived at the trailhead at about 6:15 am. The sun had not yet crested and the temperature was perfect. At about .5 miles we spooked a deer from where it had bedded down. Some of the desert plants were still in bloom. The off-trail portion wasn't that difficult and well worth the effort to gain the views above the canyon. There was a light breeze to keep us cool along the high points. We left the ridge at about 9:00 am, saw another hiker for the first time near the end of our hike, and arrived back to the car at 11:00 am. The only downside was it got a little hot near the end of our hike and we couldn't shed a group of small flies that followed us most of the way back down the trail. This was a really good half-day hike and we enjoyed it.

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    To Canyon Lake Trailhead
    From the junction of Idaho Road & SR-88 follow SR-88 14.4 miles east to just after mile marker 210. Turn left into the Canyon Lake Marina parking lot. The area closest to the SR-88 (furthest away from the Marina) is the actual trailhead parking. The area allowed is marked in front of each space.

    There's restrooms outside the restaurant. The restaurant is better than you might think for being out in the middle of nowhere. Try the stuffed Jalapeños, the berry sauce is awesome. Sit on the patio and watch the HUGE fish swim below. The 'Dolly' Steamboat (a tourist attraction) is way out of character for the area, but the snowbirds eat it up.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 49.7 mi - about 1 hour 6 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 143 mi - about 2 hours 23 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 194 mi - about 3 hours 10 mins
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