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Other Parks of the Big Bend Region => Big Bend Ranch State Park Q&A => Topic started by: TomJ on January 29, 2018, 09:49:41 PM
A buddy and I are set to visit the park next week, planning a four day backpack trip starting at West Contrabando. What's the water situation in Fresno Creek?
The status is good, but seasonal pools are pretty much all gone, leaving perennial flows along at multiple locations along Fresno Creek including the Narrows and Fresno Cascades, as well as Banos de Madrid. Make sure and filter all water as there is amble burro sign at waterholes.
"burro sign" <-- gee, I wonder what that might be??? :icon_lol:
We haven't made the final decision between State and National Parks. I've backpacked them both many times and really enjoy prefer the Ranch, but my new hiking buddy has never been to the Big Bend. I'm leaving the final choice up to him.
Thanks, Ranger Tim - your input really helps!
Im a week behind you. If you do do the Rancherias Loop, kindly post a water report when you get back!
Sorry, not doing the Rancherias Loop again. Done it 4.5 times already, and it's a terrific hike! Last trip was 5 years ago, so my water report is definitely not up to date.
With that qualification, I've always found plenty of water at Casa Reza and Rancherias Spring. The seep spring in Acebuches Canyon always had a little water, too, but it's kind of iffy with lots of vegetable matter and bees. Last time thru, we collected two quarts from the seep spring before the filter clogged. BTW my last two loops, we started from Rancherias West trailhead going clockwise. There's just one big climb, then mostly level all the way to Rancherias Spring. Whereas going counter-clockwise, there's several big climbs before you get to Casa Reza. Seems easier to do it clockwise...YMMV... have a great hike!!!
Water situation as of Friday, 2/9/18:
Madrid - creek flowing perhaps 2 GPM below house.
Fresno Cascades - flowing maybe 1 GPM. But Ranger Tim was right: too much burro crap - we weren't that desperate!
Crawford-Smith - the pipe was not flowing. However, the tiny creek a couple of yards north was flowing maybe 1 GPM. Plenty of burro crap down low, so we followed the creek up the hillside until the tangled brush blocked the critters, and collected our water there.