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I attempted this backpacking route November 2017 and found La Barge Canyon to be impassable with so much debris wedged among the box canyon just short of the intersection with Calvary Trail. Luckily another hiker pointed out a path across the ridge at the southern end of Battleship Rock, which allowed me to take Boulder Canyon as an alternate. There are some beautiful pools along La Barge Canyon, but the hiking is rough over loose rock and a fair amount of boulder scrambling that can be challenging with a heavy pack. I agree with a previous poster about long pants due to the heavy brush along some sections of Boulder Canyon trail that can absolutely murder your legs. The views are amazing.

Water is quite scarce currently as it hasn't rained in 3 months. Reliable water can be found in a handful of pools in La Barge Canyon and is very tasty. Boulder Canyon, however, was dry. I found a small pool that was heavily coated with algae about 1/3 mile north of the intersection of Dutchman's trail and Peralta trail.

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Incredible treat at the end of the trail. But be aware it is difficult.

Great trail! Will be returning

I hiked this trail in the spring several years ago with my son, and he returned to hike it with a friend, and we talk very often about going back. The first time we saw a rattler, a desert tortoise, and mule deer; the second time he saw three gila monsters. But: the first time I also slipped on some loose rock crossing the saddle, and 5 miles into the Superstition Wilderness, where there's no cell signal, is not where you want to be with a bleeding head wound. (We saw two people all day, and they were both on the first mile of the trail.) It all worked out, but he was better prepared the next time, and I will be if we go back. It's an extraordinary hike.

Did the "La Barge Battleship Saddle Loop" (HikeAZ.com/RouteScout). 11.9 miles in 7 hours starting at 5am to mitigate heat (late May Hi 103). 2/3 was off trail and had to work for it, but you can't see some of my photo spots without it. Recommend 4/5L of water depending on time of year and full coverage clothing or you're gonna pay a high price.

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6 months ago

We got to the Campaign Creek Trailhead with a Nissan Pathfinder fairly easily. I would not chance a sedan or something less then a suv to the trailhead. A few sandy spots to drive through and one or two rough creek crossings. The trail starts next to the Reavis Mountain School. The first mile of the trail will take you to a junction. To the right is the Reavis Gap trail and to the left is the Campaign Creek Trailhead. Reavis Gap will entail some steep climbing as you make your way to the gap. We choose to go down campaign creek and return very the gap.

The campaign creek portion of the trail is easy going and fairly flat. The hard part is walking over creek bed rocks which can be a pain for some, will slow you down a little, and requires fairly easy route finding. It's about four and a half miles to the junction with the Fire Line Trail. At the junction is a nice camp spot underneath a grove of Ponderosa Pine.

The Fire Line trail is exposed along the climb to the top. It runs for bewteen three and four miles to the junction with the Reavis Ranch Trail. Take a right at the junction to complete the loop. The next mile meanders along easy meadow and passes the Reavis Ranch site. After a mile from the last junction is another junction. To the left is Ranch Trail through the Reavis Valley and to the right is the Reavis Gap Trail. Take the right branch to complete the loop.

The Reavis Gap Trail runs about three and a half miles until yet another junction. The left will lead you along Two Bar Ridge while the right will return you to the junction with Campaign Creek and back on to the start of the trail.

Water was running along Campaign creek in later March of 2017. There are several seasonal springs along the loop. The vistas are so so along the way. The isolation is grand particularly along the campaign creek portion of the loop. That portion is a touch overgrown in spots, though easily managed.

Difficult & secluded; just what I was looking for. The falls were roaring that last weekend in February 2017.

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6 months ago

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7 months ago

Great day hike but the heat nearly did us in on the way out. Creek was running low but still plenty of water. Gnats everywhere when you stopped to rest. Typical hike--awesome (-;

From the Carney Springs parking lot, head out down the wide flat pathway that leads right to the base of the mountains. Pass through the wilderness boundary (.6 miles) and stick to the right at your first junction. The trail will try to pull you to the left in which you will end up at the Wave Cave. It's very easy to get off-trail here past here. You will want to be headed as though you are bee lining for the wash to the right. The trail loosely follows parallel to the wash as it climbs.
Once you start climbing, you don't stop! In fact, it gets steeper as you go! Around 1.5 miles you will reach a false summit, but don't be disheartened as it offers a welcome breaking point and majestic views of what you just climbed. From here you can see the trail ahead - almost a white line that looks like you will need a ladder to scale it! Go get it! It's only about .3 miles to the next saddle, but you will be working for it. Snap a photo with the famous "Carney TH 1.8 mi" sign and take a moment to plan the next stage of your adventure.
This is the part of the journey where you will have to start paying special attention to the cairns as the trail winds, drops, turns, climbs and crosses a wash (2.5 miles). You will be humping up and over a couple hills until you reach a junction with the 3 Sisters Trail at 3.5 miles. From here you will go left and head up to the top of the ridge that you were just on the side of. It's one mile from here and you will reach the Three Sisters peak with awesome views in all directions.
Its a long and grueling hike but getting to the top makes it worth it.

Wow What a place
We did 16miles in 9hrs
Bring plenty of water and snacks to keep you going. The views are spectacular, crossing the river is a constant adventure, be prepared to get your shoes wet. Plan accordingly if you plan on completing the entire loop.