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La Barge - Battleship Saddle LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2018
KBKB
Hiking11.84 Miles 2,375 AEG
Hiking11.84 Miles   7 Hrs   47 Mns   1.81 mph
2,375 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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I led a group of six on a variation of the La Barge Battleship Saddle Loop. The only difference from the official route was that our group returned via the Boulder Canyon Trail instead of rock hopping through Boulder Canyon.

I had hiked this route by myself several weeks earlier to see if it was suitable for a group hike. As mentioned in that past triplog, I found the trail from La Barge Canyon over the saddle at the "stern" of Battleship Mountain to be in excellent condition, complete with cairns. Route finding in that section is pretty straightforward.

We saw a dead fox in La Barge Canyon. It was largely intact; we were wondering if it succumbed to rabies. Later on, near the junction of Boulder Canyon & Second Water, we saw a small pool with reddish - almost blood-red - water. We thought it might be some sort of algal bloom.

Aside from seeing the dead fox, we really enjoyed La Barge Canyon. We encountered several pools which were deeper when I last visited in February. We saw frogs (or maybe toads), tadpoles, and minnows in and around these pools. We also heard noises which we assumed were frogs. There was also a tree with bees that we steered well clear of.

While hiking back on the Boulder Canyon Trail, we encountered a small memorial for someone (or perhaps some pet?) who had, if the notation on the cross is to be believed, died hiking. I took a photo of it.

A note about hydration - while were at the pools, I offered to filter some water if anyone needed it. Everyone in the group said they were okay. But, on the way back, one of our group actually did run out of water. She did have - or was given, I'm not sure which - a bottle of gatorade, which she nursed back to the trailhead. Anyway... this is just a reminder to bring more water than you think you need and, if you have a filter available to you, filter it when the opportunity presents itself.
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