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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 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 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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