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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2016
adilling
Hiking11.80 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles
2,100 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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Battleship is a great hike. It has a little bit of everything - easy trail hiking, off trail route finding, steep sections and rock scrambling. It's strenuous and a little scary in places too.

I started out with a buddy from First Water Trailhead at 7am. The sun was just coming up. The weather was a bit chilly, but it did not bother us once we started out. 2nd Water was the usual path. No sign of critters, but we did pass a few hikers along the way.

We made our way to the Boulder Creek Trail and passed a raucous pack of boy scouts who had camped there overnight. Always good to see young people out on the trails! The creek was dry with barely a few little pools (puddles) here and there. The cairns are all in place and the path is easy to follow.

The turn off for the mountain is a little easier to find since the last time I went up there. There are actually some cairns in place on this path now. It was easy to follow and we made our way up to the saddle.

The fun really begins once your start up the mountain. I guess I remembered the good points about the last time I was up here and forgot the bad bits. The mountain was quick to remind me that this is a serious hike, with serious sections that could mean extreme injury or death if you misstep or slip. It's a very physical hike with the rock climbing and scrambling all along the path.

We made our way to the end and hike down to the edge for some great views of Canyon Lake and Geronimo Head. I signed in at the summit on the registry and took in the amazing views. Weavers Needle, LaBarge Box, the ridgeline, Palomino, Black Mesa, Black Top Mesa....all so clear and beautiful.

After a snack and some pictures, we started down the mountain. All was going well until my buddy took a tumble right near the saddle. Luckily, a palo verde stopped him from rolling into a cholla. That would have made a bad situation even worse. A few scraps, cuts and some good bruises, plus a damaged ego, but nothing serious. We had to wait a while until he was ready to start up again. And, it was slow going the rest of the hike. But, we made it back safely and lived to hike another day.

I will return to this amazing place in the future, probably via Canyon Lake next time. I just love that view as you hike up the hill on the Boulder Canyon trail.

This would have been a perfect hike if not for the fall, but it was still an amazing adventure, as usual!
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