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I would not describe it as flowing... maybe "trickling".. I filtered a gallon and half. It was great. I posted a picture in the gallery.
TomJ: Did a similar hike last Christmas. Check out my trip report and .gpx points:http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/hiking-the-desert/elephant-tusk-to-smoky-creek/http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/hwgtfisk-canyongtelephant-tusk-water!/It was a phenomenal hike!! You will have a blast. Ran into lots of water along the way, but this year will definitely be a different story.
As of the week of November 16, 2011 here is the water report ground-truthed in the field.Upper Juniper Springs = flowing reliably at a rate of ~2 Gallons/Hour, this is ~half the normal flow but still reliable. Dominquez Springs = flowing reliably at a rate of 2-4 Gallons/Hour, first water about 100 yards above the dam, this is about 25% of the normal flow but still reliable. Seems to have better flow in the mornings than in the afternoons - possibly due to tidal effects of the moon? Fisk Canyon - All Springs are dry even the normally reliable one's. One small seep exists on the route over to E. Tusk on the North side of Dominquez Mtn but the flow rate is low ~1/2 GPH and it's unreliable.Overall very dry conditions and most unnamed springs are dry, named springs have much lower flow than normal so caution should be used when trip planning.I found on this trip that using "Nuni" Electrolyte Tablets in my camelback cut my water consumption by ~30% so that's a good new idea (at least for me). TWWG
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