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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2017
adilling
Hiking12.60 Miles 3,125 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles
3,125 ft AEG
 
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Battleship Mountain from Canyon Lake!

This is always a fun hike. And, when I say fun, I mean torturous and overly long, I have done this one from First Water Trailhead and from Canyon Lake. We opted to go from Canyon Lake via the Boulder Canyon Trail.
Chris has had this one in his sights for a while. He asked Wally to come along and I had my friend Shawn come along too.

We started right before dawn and made our way up the trail to the viewpoints. There are many nice viewpoints in the Supes, but the views overlooking Battleship and LaBarge creek from Boulder Canyon Trail are definitely some of my favorites.

The creek was bone dry, of course. I have done this hike when the water was flowing on La Barge Creek and Boulder Creek and I prefer it dry for sure. We made our way past the Indian Paint Mine and up to the junction with Second Water. Wally showed us the “Bed and Breakfast” dugout near the Indian Paint Mine and also pointed out some other mines up on the Tug Boat Mountain.

The trail up to the Battleship saddle is becoming more and more like an actual trail. The first time I went up that, it was pretty rough.

We started our climb up to the flat section of Battleship and made our way across. There’s definitely a few “oh crap” sections on this hike, but we all navigated them without too much trouble. This is one of those hikes where you kinda forget about the rough bits and remember the cool parts. But, the climb up a few of the steeper section reminds you quickly that there are a few scary ones to conquer.

We made it to the top and had a look around. Looks like they need a new register. We hike down a bit to have lunch in the shade and then started back across and down.

We opted for the return via La Barge Creek. I always love to see that place. The creek, however, is a boulder infested knee buster. Wally pointed out few interesting places along the way. The old ruins of the Aylors house was really interesting. I have walked right past this place and did not even know it. After much boulder hopping we made it back to the trail and started up.

The slog back up to Boulder Canyon Trail was slow for Chris and I, but Wally and Shawn flew up it.
It’s always good to hike with Chris and Wally, and it was great to get in a hike with Shawn too.
See you soon, Battleship, I think I will be up there again before the heat hits.



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