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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2010
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Hiking11.40 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
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I was definitely excited for Monday to come. Like the rest of the west, I've been watching and waiting for the first or second clear day after the storm made it's way through to head out Boulder Canyon and over to Battleship for some views.

Monday came and I was ready. Temps were cool, the sky was clear, there was snow on the outer peaks, and there would definitely be no need to carry 15 pounds of water with me. A half full bladder, a quart bottle, and a water filter and I was good to go.
The road to the TH was in as good as shape as it always is, high clearance wasn't necessary. There were only two cars and a Harley when I arrived at 8:30. Temps were cool (40's) and I was glad I had gloves.

The hike across 1st and 2nd water were pretty uneventful. Some patches of running water, but I knew there was more down at the bottom. I hiked up to the top of the black rock fall and saguaro hill to get some shots of the snow covered 4 peaks. That was a first for me and I was glad I did. It is definitely interesting landscape and I wish I knew more about how it was formed.

Boulder canyon was very nice with plenty of water. The creek crossings were interesting and I managed to stay dry. Vaporman posted a picture of a downed Saguaro and I ran across the same one along the trail parallel to the canyon. It was a shame to see so many large cacti and octotillos downed, but I suppose that's life and death for you.

The hike up to the stern of battleship was like I remember. No clear way and I doubt I've ever taken the same path up or down. Once on top, the sounds coming from La Barge Box were pretty awesome. Rushing water and wind down below made it difficult to hear the planes overhead. Maybe some day I'll hike through the box on my way home. Speaking of the way home, I missed my usual descent point and followed some shreds of fabric tied to tree branches and nearly busted my A** and arms during a slip. At that point, I was pretty pissed at whoever would put markers on such a treacherous part of the trail when 20 yards away was a much safer route. Oh well...I learned my lesson.

Other than the slip-down the hike back was pretty uneventful. There were people sunning and soaking their feet at the junction of boulder canyon and 2nd water. I stopped to refill and rest my feet for a couple of minutes.

The hike back out was good. My legs were sore, but not so bad that it was uncomfortable. I guess jogging makes you a better hiker...who knew.
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