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Battle of Big Dry Wash - Surf and Turf, AZ
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Battle of Big Dry Wash - Surf and Turf, AZ 
Battle of Big Dry Wash - Surf and Turf, AZ
 
Canoeing avatar May 18 2013
hikeaz
Canoeing12.00 Miles
Canoeing12.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.40 mph
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Wanting to combine some fishing, canoeing and hiking (and visits to Mountain Top & THAT breweries)we headed to Blue Ridge reservoir.
Starting at the launch ramp (note to others.. plan to be on the water within 30 minutes of sun-up in summer - vehicular ramp traffic is highly problematic)we canoed (about 4.5 miles) up the General Springs Arm of the canyon to where the reservoir ended. (Approximate end shown on attached map 5/19/13 - your results may vary)
From there our destination was the monument to the Battle of Big Dry Wash http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 311223.pdf.
This is a short hike (solid red line - route approximate- +/- 1.5 miles one-way), but spans a couple of pretty, small meadow-ish canyons. This area offers some exquisite off-trail hiking so take the time to check out the area.
Returning via a more circuitous route to further explore the area, we arrived back at the canoes/kayaks for our paddle back.

For those looking to accelerate the approach to the monument, there is a DA^-^N steep elk route that approaches from the north from the Clear Creek Arm (straight) up to the Monument (shown in red dotted on the attached map; about 1/2 mile).
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