Battleship Mountain

HARD 20 reviews
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Battleship Mountain is a 10.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from September until May.

DISTANCE
10.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1535 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

trail running

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

rocky

scramble

off trail

no dogs

It's easy to lose the trail and get too far right of the riverbed after leaving Second Water Trail for the Canyon trail. There is no marked trail up Battleship Mountain when you get there. Get ready to bushwhack and scramble. Epic achievement and breathtaking views. The terrain changes quite a few times from the beginning to the top. Wear long pants as there are a lot of dead weeds with thorns that attach to your shoes and socks. There is sometimes water along the way, but bring your own to be safe. Once you get to Boulder Canyon, the rocks cairns showing the trail are easy to miss and then it basically becomes rough boulder hiking down the canyon until you pick up the trail as it crosses again. Stay on the trail and watch for the cairns in BC. The advice the stay to the left side of the river is on point as that that is where the hike to up the battleship starts.

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18 days ago

I think this hike has a little of everything in it from easy to hard, but is well worth it, even for novice hikers. The distance is more like 11.5 Miles out and back. Once you get to Boulder Canyon, the rocks cairns showing the trail are easy to miss and then it basically becomes rough boulder hiking down the canyon until you pick up the trail as it crosses again. Stay on the trail and watch for the cairns in BC. The advice the stay to the left side of the river is on point as that that is where the hike to up the battleship starts. The climb is worth it for the view.

hiking
28 days ago

look for big Cairns up high on cliffs to split off Boulder canyon at the correct spot to find the trail up

the map ends but there appears to be a way to the true peak

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1 month ago

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5 months ago

It was one of the hardest hiking trail I ever done and I loved it. It was a little tricky to find out how to get on top, but then just an amazing place.

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7 months ago

It's easy to lose the trail and get too far right of the riverbed after leaving Second Water Trail for the Canyon trail. Guess the Stay Left mantra with the Sups holds true here. There is no marked trail up Battleship Mountain when you get there. Get ready to bushwhack and scramble. Epic achievement and breathtaking views.

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8 months ago

A great challenging trail that's almost scary in a few areas (cliff like sides on the ridge like area and two areas of almost "wall" where you'll need to do a little rock climbish). Even in February, it was still hot with very little shade so bring plenty of water. I brought close to 4 litres of water and finished it completely when I completed the trail (I could have even brought more). After climbing the first "wall", soak in the Weaver's Needle view and the La Barge Box area. Do explore the area once near the summit (you'll see canyon lake once you're close to summit). Fantastic 360 views of superstitions! Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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8 months ago

I loved this hike! The trek to the river is easy and delivers amazing views. The difficulty picks up slightly due to a lack of trail maintenance, keep your eyes out for markers and follow the river. There is some rock climbing involved at some decent heights, so if you don't feel comfortable with heights this may be where you want to stop. It's a beautiful landscape with rewarding views all around. So far it's been my favorite hike so far.

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

This hike scared my half to death. You hike down into a dry riverbed, follow that for a few miles before ascending Battleship Rock. Everything before the rock is standard, pretty easy downhill then to flat and rocky. Hiking up the mountain is terrifying. There are many points where you need to use your whole body climbing up boulders. Most of the way up has a super steep drop below, where you will most likely not survive if you fall. That was my biggest problem. I've never been so scared during a hike before. It offers great views of Weaver's Needle at the top, which make it all worthwhile. I would recommend for experienced hikers only who are not clumsy or afraid of heights!

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

This was a great hike and not easy. The views from the top are just amazing. From the top you can see Weavers Needle then turn around and your looking at Canyon Lake. This hike I want to do again in early spring when all the flowers are in bloom.