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First of October backpacking in the chisos

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Offline colton89

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First of October backpacking in the chisos
« on: September 14, 2011, 01:27:13 AM »
A few friends and I are going Backpacking in the chisos mountains sept 29- oct 2. I plan on staying in boot canyon all three nights. I've never to this park, and I have a few questions.
Is there a chance boot spring is running, or are there small puddles in the area?
What are the temperatures normally like in the mountains that time year?
Is it a crowded area?

Thanks

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Offline Casa Grande

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Re: First of October backpacking in the chisos
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2011, 06:36:52 AM »
Crowded, no.

Water, not likely as there hasn't been rain in months.

Temps, likely to be in the upper 80s probably 90s and much cooler at night.  But, you really won't know for sure until you get there.   

If your lucky, it'll rain when you're there.

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Offline colton89

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Re: First of October backpacking in the chisos
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2011, 04:02:53 AM »
Has anybody heard if the recent rains brought any water to boot spring or the surrounding chisos?

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Re: First of October backpacking in the chisos
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2011, 09:50:51 AM »
I doubt that the springs are actually flowing.  However, a ranger told us ten days ago that there are (were?) pools in the Boot and Juniper Springs areas.
Wake me when it's time to go.

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Re: First of October backpacking in the chisos
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2011, 01:21:56 PM »
I would assume water isn't available in the mountains unless significant rain falls closer to your trip.

I wouldn't recommend spending 3 nights in a Boot Canyon campsite, which I am assuming you are doing to be near a water source. IF there are pools of water in the canyon, they will be above the spring (and thus away from the campsites). These pools would be within an hour's hike of just about any of the Northeast or Southeast Rim sites, all of which have superior views nearby.

Personally, I would stay at Toll Mountain one night, and climb Emory Peak either that day or the next morning. Then I would stay at one of the NE/SE sites for the second night. Then I would stay at Laguna West for the third night. These will give you great sunsets and experiences across the mountains. Boot Canyon offers no sunset views.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2011, 02:43:14 PM by jeffblaylock »
Jeff Blaylock
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