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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2008
charlieaz
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.25 mph
3,100 ft AEG
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1st trip
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We arrived at the First Water Trailhead at dawn on Friday, October 10th. It was our pleasure to find the lot completely empty and us as the only hikers on the trail. The morning temperature was a comfortable 65 degrees as we started out. We were surprised at the amount of desert flowers in bloom and how green the landscape was for the fall season. About a mile up the trail we startled a white-tail doe and watched it leap up the side-hill and disappear over the ridge. Traveling through Garden Valley seemed a bit eerie being closed in by trees, shrubs and cactus rather than the mountainside, but the flat terrain made for easy travel. It was down-hill and rocky from Garden Valley to the spring just before arriving at the foot of Battleship Mountain. The traverse south up the dry riverbed to the south end of the mountain was not the most pleasurable experience but along the way we found pools of stagnant water with literally dozens of frogs of all colors and sizes. That made things interesting. Arriving at the south end of the mountain was accomplishment enough for us, but we had set out to summit the mountain so up we went. Scrambling over loose rock and desert vegetation proved a greater challenge than expected. After deciding to turn around several times, and then talking ourselves out of it since we were so close, we finally reached the south summit of Battleship Mountain. The view is amazing. We ruled out the additional 0.7 miles of rock climbing to reach the north summit (we are not the daring type). The trip back was obviously more difficult. Summiting the mountain and traversing the riverbed twice was draining and the trail back to Garden Valley was mostly uphill. And by the time we arrived at Garden Valley the temperature was about 95 degrees. This hike was our most challenging to date, but we loved it. We had the trail to ourselves until passing a lone hiker about 0.5 miles from the trailhead on our return. Completing it has increased our confidence in our hiking ability. And the solitude, beauty and adventure made this well worth the effort.
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