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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2013
jameslcox44
Hiking11.40 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   6 Hrs      1.90 mph
2,100 ft AEG
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Friends, Jerry, Bill, John and I went to Battleship Mountain today. Using information from HAZ website, we hiked from 1st Water Trail Head to 2nd Water trail and Boulder Canyon trail. Walking the stream bed, we saw cairns that led us on a scramble up to the alcove or cave described in an earlier HAZ posting. From there, we did the tough scramble to the top of the south end of Battleship. When we reached the narrows, we decided to make that our destination for today. After lunch, we returned to the area we scrambled up, hoping it would be easier going down. Unsuccessful in finding another route down, we cautiously butt slid down without any falls. We did find another route down to the south saddle that was well cairned and a much easier route to the stream bed. I would encourage any new hikers to hike to the southern saddle (about 5 miles from 1st Water TH). We should have been more patient before scrambling up the steep terrain to the alcove. Cairns mark the initial climb to the south end of Battleship saddle. From there, work your way up to the southern point of the Battleship. Cairns again indicate the approach. It is very steep, but you can get footholds to get up the steep rock. We met other hikers who went the full route to the North end of the Battleship.
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