|when||April 6, 2019|
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.
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
|EC||+-2000' elevation change|
|elevations||2,085 ft to 3,000 ft|
|on trail||80% — Dutchman’s, Second Water, and Boulder Canyon Trails|
|rating||"A" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|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.|
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