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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2014
rayhuston
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,825 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   9 Hrs   40 Mns   1.64 mph
1,825 ft AEG   2 Hrs   49 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
Second attempt at Battleship mountain in as many weeks, this time with Widowmaker along as my mate. Today we made it to within a quarter mile of the goal. I was sure we had it, but I must have missed somewhere below the last section (call it the Bridge) because I didn't see a route and the climb in front of me didn't seem realistic. I was stumped. I looked back at Larry hoping he had an idea, but he was stumped too. With time running short and not wanting to risk doing something stupid and end up on the news, I turned back mumbling :pk:'s under my breath. So close!

In spite of not reaching the summit, we still had a wonderful hike. You can't beat the views up there. Looking down into La Barge made me want to make that my next hike. The cottonwoods lining the trail leading into La Barge Box and beyond were a beautiful yellow. You could see them all the way into Marsh Valley.

I plan to come back a third time and finish this hike, maybe in the spring when it's a little greener and the days are a little longer. I might start from Canyon Lake and add La Barge Box to the hike as others have done.
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