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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
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22  2017-12-30
Battleship via Canyon Lake
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22  2016-04-16
La Barge Battleship Saddle Loop
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23  2014-04-12 cdeperro
64  2013-11-10
La Barge Battleship Saddle Loop
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4  2013-04-07 josetoe5
12  2012-09-22 charlieaz
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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.

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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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