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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2017
survivordude
Hiking12.44 Miles 2,155 AEG
Hiking12.44 Miles   7 Hrs      2.02 mph
2,155 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
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Just another story of Life and Death in the Superstitions.. This one has been on my list for a long time. Was a little apprehensive to go alone first time, so I got my buddy Corey to go with me. What an excellent hike! I loved everything about it and will definitely be coming back to this reasonably easy climb. First Water at 6:45 and at the turn off in Boulder Creek at 8. It's getting warmer out there and most of the water is all gone, though Boulder was flowing decent still. Ran into a group of about 7 or 8 headed up for their first time up the ship, also. We passed them relatively quickly as they opted to take a more direct, bushwhacking route. We found a well established path that kind of wrapped around to the east and then up, with cairns all the way to the climbing section. Here is where the real fun started. It was a climbing up and over here, around there, boulder hopping good time. All with 100+ foot drop offs on both sides. While taking a short break, we were passed by a solo hiker. He said he had been up there a few times and seemed to know the route pretty well, so we kind of followed his path down and up through a tricky area. Made it to the top and it felt great! The views were amazing though partially obscured by Geronimo Head. That mountain seemed like it was challenging me for the next adventure out here. Signed the book and read some of the funny notes in there. Some of you guys are real crack ups! Started making our way down and that's when things took a turn. For some reason my friend thinks its macho or something to hike and not drink any water. Now I was carrying plenty for the both of us including treatment options, but he declined to drink any at all the whole way up. As we were coming down his energy level started to fade fast. Luckily there were some real nice pools along Boulder Creek that were great to take a quick swim in and cool off a bit.
As we were coming out of Boulder and heading back up Second Water, we ran into a group of 3 that just started a 4 day backpacking trip. They kept talking about how they saw several big rattlers on the way down there. We wished them well and then headed back up. Weirdest part of the hike right here.. We had our eyes and ears open for snakes and came across a terrible scene instead. We found a young 3 ft rattler with it's head and tail cut off laying right in the middle of the trail. It had a pretty obvious stab wound through it, also. Now I don't know the story of what happened but it was pretty disheartening seeing that. Those guys we saw down at the creek talked about all the snakes they saw but didn't mention anything about this incident and they had just came from Second Water so there is no way they didn't see it, it was right in the middle of the trail. It's crazy to think of who you are actually hiking around out there.
As we made our way back through Garden Valley, we ran into a couple who were clearly lost with very little water left, with hopes of looping around Canyon Lake as a day hike. I highly recommended that they were crazy and that they turn around and go back or go to Hackberry for some more water, which they did the latter.
On the way out, we got passed again by the guy we saw on Battleship and then Corey asks him for some water. Idk how stubborn you have to be not to drink water while hiking in the desert but its safe to say he learned his lesson the very hard way. I had one of the greatest hikes I have ever been on in the Supes and he's over here puking from exhaustion and dehydration.

"Stop all this weeping and swallow your pride (or water). You will not die, it's not poison"
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Boulder Creek at #103 / #236 Jct Light flow Light flow


water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Second Water Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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