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Old 02-02-2012   #1
 
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Moab float end of March...beta, side hikes, etc?

I am taking family and friends on the Fisher towers float. Is it worthwhile. Any info would be appreciated.

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If you are looking for a scenic float it is a great run. Not a lot of rapids. Onion creek has good camping and some hikes. Whether its worthwhile or not will be up to what you are looking for in a float.

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I am looking for a float, but didn't know how scenic it was or if there were nice side hikes, etc.
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Definitely scenic. The road is on river left for pretty much the entire float. Some hiking on river right but you'd get more bang for your buck on doing hikes in Arches or off of Potash road further downriver.
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Salt Wash is a great way to access Arches N.P. from the river and it is also the deepest canyon in the park. Rough milage starting at the confluence of Salt Wash and the Colorado River = 0m. Windows Section (cache Valley Wash) = 3 to 4m. Delicate Arch Trailhead & Wolf Ranch (Rock Art) = 7m. Freshwater Canyon 7.5m. Clover Canyon (tech route) or Pipeline Slope = 14m. Sand Dune Arch Trailhead near Devils Garden Campground = 15m. other nice options include Negro Bill Canyon & Courthouse Wash (Arches N.P.) I recommend floating threw the "Portal" highly scenic!! and using Potash as your take-out. Other good hikes below Moab include Pritchett Canyon, Hunters Canyon, Posion Spider Mesa and Corona Arch. Yes its worth it. much to see and do.
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This good info. Keep it coming. Thanks.
We are camping at Gold Bar and Big Bend. Any beta on hikes from there?
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From Big Bend maybe Porcupine Rim to the Castle Valley viewpoint.
From Gold Bar try the Corona (little rainbow) Bowtie and Pinto Arch hike.
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I am taking family and friends on the Fisher towers float. Is it worthwhile. Any info would be appreciated.
Fisher Towers / the Moab Daily is a beautiful float! There aren't many rapids, and certainly nothing of much consideration in March, but the scenery makes the trip worth it. Hikes are few and far between on that stretch, owing to Hwy 128 on your left and sheer walls on your right, although Salt Wash does offer a long hike into Arches - not friendly for really little kids. From Big Bend, you might drive down the road to Negro Bill Canyon, which offers a mild walk and absolutely stunning scenery. The crowds are starting to form by March, so expect some walking traffic. At Gold Bar, I highly recommend the hike to Corona/Bow Tie arches. The hike is moderate, but absolutely bring water! [If you want, you may want to check out Windgateadventures.com, a company in town that offers rappelling off of Corona!]. From Potash Road you can also access some petroglyphs (crudely depicted as "Indian Writing" on BLM signs along the road) and the Portal hike, which is pretty steep but totally doable by the 10 and up crowd and offers a beautiful view of the portal into Meander Canyon. Of course, you can never go wrong with a hike into Arches, a drive up the La Sal loop road, a trip into Sand Flats Rec Area, or a visit to Dead Horse State Park. Have a great time, and PM with questions!

EDIT: Are you aware that the water is fla-a-a-a-t from around Salt Wash through to Gold Bar?
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If you are looking for a scenic float it is a great run. Not a lot of rapids. Onion creek has good camping and some hikes. Whether its worthwhile or not will be up to what you are looking for in a float.

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II-III sounds canoe doable. I understand that this stretch is runnable year round, but when would be the soonest, best time to run it?
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There has been some ice on the river but for the most part it has been warmer than usual. Anytime from early March on the weather is pretty nice and the days are longer. I'd still make sure you have a wet or dry suit and the right gear since the water won't be the warmest. At higher flows, whites rapid could get a little rough in a canoe (at the right high flows this rapid has flipped unsuspecting rafts), otherwise you shouldn't have any trouble with running it in a canoe or IK.
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