"You Sunk my Battleship", Battleship Mountain Summit Scramble

This amazing 11.4 miles RT Hike will take on 3,000 in accumulated elevation gain and present the hiker with the definition of Exposure.  Steep and sheer drop offs, with bouldering, boulder hopping, scrambling, and some class 3 climbing that is required.  If you are afraid of heights than you want to stay home for this one.  


There is a reason we are meeting at the Meet Up spot rather than the TH that morning, actually several reasons, so please don't be a debbie downer and fore-go the meet up location...... even if you are afraid of people. 


This hike is an all time epic hike that has been requested for me to do for over 2 years now.  Well.......... here we go. 

This hike is rated difficult and it will test you psychologically.  Please, assess your capabilities before you attempt a hike like this.  This is a difficult hike for experienced hikers.     


The rock formation known as Battleship Mountain is an amazing place to be and we will be on the top of it before days end. 


Yes, it's a little early, but you see the time of year we are doing this, right?  It's my duty to keep you safe and not get heat stroke. 

 

http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=261

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  • A former member
    A former member

    That was a tough hike to the summit and back, but I loved the challenges, and enjoyed the company of some great hiking buddies.........hope to see you again soon!

    2 · March 31

  • Brad B.

    Eric - I just broke off a piece of the battleship and got me some! Thanks!!!

    1 · March 31

  • Laura H.

    YEAH, that was defintely a tough hike and one heck of a workout, Eric! Those last few miles on 2nd water.....felt long, brutal and hot! For me, I too, got a little overheated, ran low on water, and.... was purely a miracle of God.... I didn't get bit by a rattlesnake!!! Whoa!!! My thanks to Rick Rorda for his help and support there at the end! Johnny, I'm glad your okay! And everyone too!!! What a great group of tough hikers!!! In all, wow, what an incredible adventure, and an awesome experience beyond any other.....thank you so much, Eric!!! :)

    2 · March 31

  • Brian M

    Wow. Good times. Great people. I'm not sure I can name a hike in the valley that I enjoyed more than that one. Definitely going back.

    3 · March 29

    • Brian M

      I'm still pissed at myself for running out of water...dumb ass. Can't be doing that in the desert.

      March 30

    • Jennifer

      A number of us ran out of water, including myself. :-(

      March 31

  • Christina

    Another "big thank you" go to the gentleman who helped me land my dangling feet on the ground. Sorry didn't get your name.

    March 30

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Christina, that was me! You were so funny! I was right behind you. As I came up to you I noticed you were stuck on the wall! Lol you did great!

      1 · March 31

    • Christina

      Hi Wayne, thank you for letting me know. It was a lot of fun going up and coming down. I will stay on more flat trails in the future though. lol. Thank you again!

      March 31

    • Eric K.

      Can you post it to Facebook?

      March 30

  • Peter M.

    North-Northwest Valley Carpool... Laura & I will connect at Loop 101/67th Avenue...anyone wishing to carpool with us, or get picked up along the way...reply here.

    1 · March 23

    • Felipe

      Cmon johnny we all know you like hiking down mountains in the dark as well lol.........I always carry a flashlight.

      March 30

    • Eric K.

      It scares the shit out of all of us. The risk factor goes way up at dusk and then again at night fall. That's very risky guys. Johnny knows that from his Ridgeline Adventure.....lol.

      March 30

  • Khara

    Had a blast! This hike was another top notch adventure for the books. Thank you Eric for putting it together and all you do to make it happen!!!

    1 · March 30

  • Malinda

    A fun and challenging expedition!

    1 · March 30

  • Eric K.

    Still grinning from ear to ear. The intense and immense beauty of the Superstition Wilderness, gives you a plethora of adventures, hikes, and backpacks. This particular hike is not visited by many people, especially in regards to the percentage of people who see the other trails of this Wilderness. This is much more than a hike. This is a crazy fun Adventure. 12 miles in length, roughly 3,000 feet in elevation gain, bushwhacking, boulder hopping, bouldering, mountain climb bushwhack (ascent up the back end of the ship), walking ledges with sheer drop offs, climbing, dry river washes to walk through,and some mountain sliding. Once boarded on the ship, you are clearly on another planet. This is where the pucker factor began. Have no doubt about it, this is an amazing journey. Down climbs, Class 3 climbs in dangerous places, 1 Class 4 climb, hugging the mountain, bouldering across the Ridge of that Mountain made it just way different than 99% of other hikes.

    3 · March 29

    • A former member
      A former member

      One hike I would cancel my wedding plans for! Lol I woke up that morning feeling like I needed a really good challenging workout but knowing that I would get just that with this hike. Every time I do it, I feel all over again, the awesomeness of this hike that Eric describes... I only wish we could have been there to help the others that got lost and didn't make it. Great peeps to share this with and some incredible memories. Thanks to all of you who made our two friends feel very welcome!

      1 · March 30

    • Eric K.

      Wayne, your friends were really cool peeps. I hope to see them on the trail with us again some time. I know your work schedule can intrude on the Saturday hikes, but it's always a pleasure having you and Caroline on the trails with us.

      1 · March 30

  • Edith

    Excellent adventure! Thank Eric! Looking fwd to joining you on future hikes.

    1 · March 30

  • Johnny

    Several hours later and i'm still have leg cramping!

    March 29

    • Johnny

      Brian, you are my HERO! Lifting my a55 off the toilet is an adventure...

      1 · March 30

    • Laura H.

      LOL!!! :)

      March 30

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic hike. Great people. Thank you for making this happen Eric.

    2 · March 30

  • Punya R.

    An epic hike -- great memories. Thanks Eric. Loved it all the way. I finished all my water electrolytes and I cramped going up and in the end . Hot and dehydrated. I would do it again.

    2 · March 30

  • Felipe

    Great hike!

    1 · March 30

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent outing with a great group of people

    1 · March 30

  • Christina

    Thank you Eric and Laura for making a dream hike come true for me. Special thanks to Don and Tom (for that refreshing G2 at the end). A hike that will stay in my memory for good.

    2 · March 30

  • Debra O.

    Special shout out to Paul, Al, Punya & Joe for being the best hiking buddies ever! What an inspiration you all are! Thank you for today.....

    5 · March 29

  • Tom

    Great hike!

    2 · March 29

  • Laura H.

    WOW....that was one heck of a summit adventure!!! Thank you Eric for a such a great day, and an absolutely incredible & unforgettable hike!!! :)

    3 · March 29

  • Jennifer

    Thanks Eric for hosting this amazing hike! Your time and effort is appreciated by all who hike with you!

    3 · March 29

  • Bob J.

    Another excellent hike with a great group of friends and the challenge of the Superstitions. Thank you Eric for delivering another epic adventure!

    3 · March 29

  • Dan M.

    Another great hike with great friends, thanks everyone!!

    3 · March 29

  • Brian M

    Wow, 41+ going, including some new people. Should be awesome. Don't forget your gloves, people. See you all tomorrow.

    3 · March 28

    • Eric K.

      Mildener, I am all for letting you lead a hike or 2 or more man. Thumbs up, rock on.

      1 · March 28

    • Johnny

      He is to fricken lazy. You know it, i know it and he knows it! Lol

      March 28

  • Christina

    Every time I think of this hike my heartbeat goes up. lol. I am glad it is just around the corner and I know many of you in this hike.

    See you all at car pool location!

    2 · March 23

    • Laura H.

      Welcome back Christina! Looking forward to hiking with you again next week! :)

      March 23

    • Christina

      Thank you Laura....yes, see you very soon!

      1 · March 28

  • Laura H.

    Looking forward to doing this hike......agreed, will be an awesome and incredible adventure......with the great hikers and friends of TLC....thank you Eric!!! :)

    1 · March 28

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I carpool with someone? Very excited for the hike!

    March 26

    • Johnny

      There will be plenty of people to carpool with at the meet up spot

      March 28

  • A former member
    A former member

    High exposure.. Def bring plenty of water and electrolytes!

    March 28

  • Al C.

    Thanks for the reminder about gloves Brian. People will be glad they brought them. Looks like it is going to be warm so bring plenty of fluids.

    March 28

  • Eric K.

    Very important: We will have 2 other Group Leaders there on Sat from different hiking groups and we will need to strategically bust up into 3 groups as to remain compliant. This is why you cannot bypass the meetup site. Very important instructions will need to be retained. I will need you to be prompt and retain all information.

    1 · March 27

  • Miguel-AKA-Wheeeeee :.

    I can drive if anyone needs a ride...
    Miguel .Cell[masked]
    room for 2-more

    March 27

  • Eric K.

    Stacy, you can carpool with me, I have room.

    March 19

  • Eric K.

    Also, I have to move the meet up time to 7:00am friends......sorry, if this inconveniences anyone. I am a chairman of a family picnic in Tempe the night before, where we put on a free picnic for the community where over 700 people attend. My apologies, but I need to change it to 7:00am.

    March 19

  • Eric K.

    It will be a 25 minute drive from the meetup location. It is imperative you meet us at the meet up location. If you fore go the meetup location, you will miss very important information that we will be going over in the morning.

    March 19

    • Eric K.

      meet up location is mandatory, sorry folks.

      March 19

  • Dan M.

    Well as most of you know I don't like the heights things but I need to do the mileage thing anyway!!

    1 · January 5, 2014

    • Diane

      Dan, we don't need to go to the summit:) I am not interested on hiking along a ledge..yikes!

      1 · March 15

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really want to do this one. But those of you that know me know, that it is the loose stuff that scares the crap out me. Flat Iron great, Picacho awesome but Elephant - heck no.

    March 4

    • A former member
      A former member

      Solid rock. Some rock scrambling but I don't remember loose stuff. If my wife can do it anyone can.

      March 4

  • Malinda

    I hiked this back in December with the Sierra Club.
    A*Maaaaa*Zing!!! Especially cool when you get near the summit and you have to find your way up the summit inbetween boulders. (There are some shades of Elephant Mtn. regarding the rocks...some do break off and set you flying.) But, the cliffs are incredible...you will be on the sheer edge of the cliffs at times, pulling yourself up or keeping yourself from falling into the abyss. Fantastic scenery! Looking forward to it! ; )

    February 22, 2014

    • Laura H.

      Wow, awsome....thanks Malinda! Yes, this will be a GREAT adventure!!! Thank you Eric!

      1 · February 22, 2014

  • Malinda

    When we did it last, we came out in the darkness...bringing a headlamp/flashlight.

    February 22, 2014

  • Punya R.

    Can't wait to do this one !!!

    1 · February 14, 2014

  • Joe

    Have done this a couple of times, and this is definitely a favorite in the Supes! This seems to be the section that scares people away: http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=339377 .There is a narrow connecting ridge and then right after that a class III climb, which is where this photo was taken from. Neither is a big deal however if you proceed cautiously.The first time you do this it is definitely a plus to go with someone who has done it before, as once you leave the main trail route finding can be tricky, as well as 'boarding the ship' properly.

    February 14, 2014

    • Eric K.

      Awesome. Can't wait. Hopefully you will go with us Joe.

      February 14, 2014

  • Laura H.

    Hey Eric! Question for you: Will this hike be including a stop at La Barge Canyon on the return? If not, can it be done? Or would it logistically be better to make it a separate hike? La Barge is truly extraordinary!

    January 18, 2014

    • Eric K.

      And personally, if I am going to do La Barge, I don't want cheated, I want Full Canyon Loop. If I am going to stick 2 extra hours of drive time, I want full loop. The ridge on Battleship will be a slow go. My plan is to come back and do La Barge Full Canyon Loop, Dec - Feb next year. It will be an adventure within itself.

      January 18, 2014

    • Laura H.

      Yeah, won't work, thanks Eric! I have done the La Barge Canyon, full loop hike before and agree, its a truly incredible 13+ mile adventure in and of itself. Very long, and highly strenuous with all day boulder hopping, creek crossing......an incredible adventure! Peter and I have been talking about possibly scheduling but wanted to know first if you were planning on trying to do it with Battleship......

      January 18, 2014

  • Laura H.

    So excited....this will be EPIC!!! Thank you Eric!!! :)

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • Gloria T.

    On my bucketlist !!!

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • Gloria T.

    On my bucketlist !!!

    December 16, 2013

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