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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2007
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Hiking11.40 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.07 mph
3,100 ft AEG
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This was one strenuous hike. My body was buzzing all afternoon and throughout the evening. A large bowl of pasta, ibuprofen, 4 Kiltlifters, and a soak in the hot tub have cured most of my pains from the hike.

Starting from Firstwater at 8 and down into boulder canyon was pretty uneventful. I did see a skirmish between a Collard Lizard and a pretty large regular lizard. The large collard lizard won and stuck around to protect his meal. I got several great shots of him posing for the camera. He had a small gash under his neck while the other lizard was gashed everywhere.

Now that I've hiked Boulder Canyon to the tune of about 10 miles, I can say that I hate that hike. The entire hike is head down watching every step being careful not to break my ankles.

I departed the trail right at the point where a hill turns into a canyon ridge (roughly a 1/2 mile into boulder canyon). It was just the north of the crease that connects the main part from the tail. Once up there, I hiked the base of the Battleship until I mounted it at the stern. Just to the right of the cave complex.

The "trail" is cairned along the way aiding in my ascent. There were several places where I felt the "exposure" spoken of. Never was I uncomfortable with the climbing, but it wasn't easy at all. There were several spots of legitimate rock scaling of 10 feet or so. Reaching the top of the stern presents a large plateau worthy of a break. It was exhilarating. The views of Labarge box are incredible and looking north towards the main part of the mountain presents the remaining task ahead of you. It looks much formidable from up here. The end is still a long way away.

There were parts crossing the bridge that you absolutely need to be sure footed and a fall could be disastrous.

The end around necessary to get to the peak wasn't bad either, you just have to trust that your ascent is at the right place. Getting to the top became my mission and I often neglected to take a look where I came from. The lower plateau is huge. Try to remember where you summited. There are two cairns marking that point. A quick scurry put me on the rooftop. I rested, ate, and signed the guestbook. At this point, I had drained my first 2 liters of water leaving only 2 to get me back to my car.

The descent was at times more of a challenge. You can find places where it makes sense to go down, but it may lead you to a cliff with nowhere else to go (as I found). Once I got to the saddle, it was smooth sailing. Getting down was just a matter of finding the easiest route back to the canyon floor. In my case, I chose the direct route down leaving a longer hike along the boulders on the canyon floor.

The hike along second water back to first water was a nice change from the miles of boulders I had seen earlier. The temps were in the 90s and I drank 4 liters of water running out with about a mile to go back to the car. I planned ahead and stuck two bottles of Gatorade in a cooler. Not a bad way to kill 5 minutes waiting for the AC to kick in in the car.

I look forward to hiking this monster when the weather cools down in November, but won't look forward to Boulder Canyon.
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