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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2017
extremehikerbabe
Hiking13.00 Miles
Hiking13.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.86 mph
 no routes
1st trip
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I had briefly read the description and upon seeing the words route-finding I knew it would be a challenge. But I wanted to see if I could do it on my own. I should have read the whole description though. Went with a friend and the first 5 miles were a breeze. I had no idea the Sups were so beautiful, having only been to Flatiron. It was a nice cloudy day and we quickly warmed up on the hike there. We even got to see a deer run across the trail. I barely see wildlife so I was stoked (or maybe I'm just bad at spotting them). Once we hit the spot to turn up onto the mountain though, things became a little challenging. Trying to follow Route Scout the best I could we headed up the side. Seeing a few cairns higher up we pushed on through the bushes and made it to the top. At this point I just tried to follow the cairns as my battery was being eaten up, only checking to make sure we weren't totally off path. It was cool to see that there was a trail up there- I definitely was not expecting that. The climbing parts were a bit harrowing but we made it almost to the end. We got stuck at the last .2 miles due to the vertical rock cliff which now reading back over the description we probably could have gotten around. But we called it a day and took a break before heading back. The views were absolutely amazing and definitely worth the hard climb. I absolutely loved the huge canyon to the right, reminded me of the Grand Canyon with how towering it was. That feeling of vertigo is terrifying but slightly addicting. The cairns were immensely helpful and made me feel better about my route-finding skills. The way back was just as hairy and there were a few scary moments coming down. All I could think was if I am scared of this then how can I ever summit all Four Peaks? So that kept me pushing through. We were super excited to get back on the flat trail though. I will definitely return to get past that last part and make it to the very top!
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