Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Battleship Mountain Day Hike
when April 6, 2019
where Superstitions Mountains
the hike     This is a very difficult hike. If you are afraid of heights or think that heights will bother you, do not sign up! There are about 4 spots that have 1,000 foot cliffs that we must walk by. I normally do not have pictures in the hike description, but I have included two showing the “bridge”. The first is a wide shot of the overall terrain and the other shows people on the bridge.
    Cross the “bridge” twice, once on the way in and on the way out. You get to go down each side once. The “bridge” has 1,000 ft. cliffs on both sides.
The bridge on Battleship Mountain, looking south.
Hikers on the bridge.

Now for the hike description: This is a nice "B" hike until you start to follow the spine of Battleship. Start at First Water TH and move on to Second Water trail up to Garden Valley. We may see some very nice flowers this year. Then go downhill to the junction with Boulder Canyon Trail and make a right turn to the unsigned junction with the trail that goes up the stern side of the Battleship. This is the start of the off-trail adventure. With the heavy rains, we could have flowers.

    We now have a tough hike up the stern of the Battleship. At the saddle we’ll get great views of the La Barge and Boulder Canyons.
    We now start the hard part with the walk up to the start of the rock, boulder, balance and cliff fun. This is the last place to bail before you have to face the 1,000 foot cliffs. We now will be walking the spline of Battleship; the views from here to the bow of Battleship are incredible. We will be switching between cliff climbs and hiking poles a few times on this. Just before we get to the bow, there is a spot with loose gravel, perfect to roll off the cliff, that you will want a hiking pole here. At the bow of Battleship we will have our lunch. You can see Canyon Lake, La Barge and Boulder Canyons, Weaver’s Needle, and many other spots from here. After lunch it is time to retrace our steps and make our way carefully down the mountain. We then get on Boulder Canyon Trail, back to the Second Water Trail, and back to our cars.
    The weather may be sunny or not. Be prepared for extreme desert weather. Bring a hat, sunscreen and some rain gear. I will cancel the Battleship part of this hike if it looks like rain. We may have a late lunch after the hike.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Gloves with good grips for the rock climbing
•  Hat, sunblock
•  Hike pole that collapses,. You will need to pack it short distances on rock faces.
•  Long pants
•  Camera
distance 9 miles
time 7 hours
EC +-2000' elevation change
elevations 2,085 ft to 3,000 ft
type round trip
starting at
First Water Trailhead 33° 28.781' N,  111° 26.521' W  [NAD27]
on trail 80% — Dutchman’s, Second Water, and Boulder Canyon Trails
rating "A"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Apache Junction
meet 6:15 AM, at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60. Carpooling arrangements will be made here. For those leaving their vehicles behind, please park up against the southeast curb of the parking lot, next to Burger King. We will leave promptly at or before 6:30 AM.
•  East on Brown Road to the Apache Trail Highway (AZ 88).
North on the Apache Trail Highway through Apache Junction, past Goldfield Ghost Town and Lost Dutchman State Park, to First Water Road.
Turn right on First Water Road and drive east 2.6 miles to the trailhead.

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