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The Superstition Wilderness area is open only to hikers and equestrians; no 4wd vehicles, ATVs, dirt bikes, or bicycles are permitted in the wilderness area.

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17 hours ago

I will admit, the first 3/4 of this hike seemed to me like fairly typical "Arizona backcountry"... chaparral environment with a fairly well-walked trail. But then, once I started to descend into the river bottom and traversing the river back and forth, I could start to understand the trail rating. It is almost too easy for an ambitious hiker to lose sight of the cairns marking the uphill part to Battleship. My hiking partner and I walked right by it, and our cellphone GPS were not tracking correctly. The result, following other cairns about 1 mile too far up the dry riverbed, and having to double back. Not a huge error, but the weather was in our favor (overcast and cool). I imagine the frustration and danger that a hotter day could have caused as we would have been sucking down additional water and burning out our legs.
Hiking past the uphill part of the trailhead was our own error. Once we got back on track, the hike starts to take on a very different, "experts only" type of status. The mountain itself is NOT for an inexperienced hiker. Even at the very base of the rock, where you begin climbing up, there are multiple places where a fall would mean a bad injury. The rock is very, very old and made up of a lot of weathered, volcanic stone that easily comes away in your hand, so you should always watch where you grab/step. Additionally, as you head north/northwest out toward the promontory of the rock there are multiple NO FALL zones. Making a mistake here would equal death, no question.
All in all, was this hike exhilarating? Yes! Is it worth the effort to have possibly one of the best "extreme" Arizona hikes that you can make a day trip of? Yes! Should you be very mindful about the skill of your group when considering this hike? YES!!!

hiking
1 day ago

Best hike so far I’ve done in AZ. Worried about the uphill climb but it was easy breezy in this cool December weather. The rush of seeing the needle just as you get to the top of the trail is worth every bump on the dirt road to the trailhead. My small group also took a side trail to Lone Tree and the views were phenomenal. As a rookie hiker this was a great fun beautiful hike. I’ll be back!

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5 days ago

Take ample water. Heat exhaustion and a hornet made for a really less than stellar finish to the trail, but it was beautiful and worth it.

We did a short thru hike from the Peralta Trailhead to Dutchman Trail to Boulder Canyon Trailhead. We camped at Second Water Spring and continued on to Canyon Lake (17 miles total) the next day.
We hiked for 9 miles from Fremont Saddle with no water in sight until we reached Second Water Spring (fortunately we had decided to carry 5 liters each, so we had enough for a late November hike), we refilled our water containers before breaking camp. We, again, didn't find any water until we arrived at Canyon Lake. Boulder Canyon is a great trail, but many sections are definitely difficult due to the terrain, incredibly tight, undermanaged trails and you need to have hawkeye vision to find all the cairns when crisscrossing the streambed to make sure you stay on trail.
The views are terrific whether you are up high or are walking along the canyon floor.

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