Description: This hike is a variation of one of my favorites (the very scenic La Barge Canyon- pictures from last year). Looming over that canyon is the enormous Battleship Mountain. The trail starts across from the Canyon Lake Marina. It will climb about 700 feet over the first mile and provide great views of the lake and of Weaver's Needle. The trail then descends steeply to La Barge Creek and continues up and around to the backside of the mountain. The moderate rating is for those that will stop at the saddle and the difficult rating accommodates those who will make the final scramble up to the top. I am guessing about 7 hours round trip including lunch on the mountain. Let’s tag that peak!
Total Distance: 9-10 miles
Start Elevation: 1600ft
Elevation Gain: 1000ft
Water to Bring: 3 liters
Drive Time: 50 minutes
Alternate Meeting Time/Place: 8:30 am, Canyon Lake Marina (about 15 miles north on 88 from 60)
Estimated Return Time: 5:00 PM (or 6:30 PM for anyone joining for a beverage/eats at the Marina after the hike).
Minimum Attendees Required: 3
Special Instructions: If you meet at Canyon Lake Marina, you will park at the hikers parking area right at the entry gate. There will be optional drinks and eats on the deck of the Canyon Lake Marina which was fun after last year’s excursion. Bring your camera!
Not sure what to bring? Checklists are available here.