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Fresno Creek Drainage

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Offline Keepa

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Fresno Creek Drainage
« on: October 18, 2019, 03:29:50 PM »
I am planning a trip in the Sierra Quemada for December.

Has anyone hiked the Fresno Creek Drainage? Is it doable? My route has me going up the drainage from Black Gap to Elephant Tusk trail.

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Re: Fresno Creek Drainage
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2019, 03:50:59 PM »
Several folks have done it, usually going down stream.  There are two pouroffs easily gotten around and then the climb around the ridge at the Waterworks.  Here is my trip report from a few years ago.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
http://40yearsofwalking.wordpress.com/

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Offline Keepa

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Re: Fresno Creek Drainage
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2019, 03:57:01 PM »
That's great. Going upstream, which is the first reliable water source?

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Re: Fresno Creek Drainage
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2019, 04:38:30 PM »
It should be Fresno spring but Estrecho just above it is a for sure, it was running in the historic drought in 2011 when almost nothing else was.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Offline Peter O

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Re: Fresno Creek Drainage
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2019, 05:49:37 PM »
I hiked down part of the Fresno Creek drainage in March.  I hope to post my report about that in the next week.  I relied on reports by ME and Robert (who has also been through that area a couple of times).  In March, there was water all the way down in Frog Spring, but I think that was due to the unusually wet year.  I would certainly go with MEs advice on the first reliable water source.  The Fresno Creek drainage is fantastic!  Im sure you will have a great walk up that drainage!

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Re: Fresno Creek Drainage
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2019, 08:32:51 AM »
Seen water here.  But we also witnessed a family of Javalina roll around and basically wash themselves in the water for 20 minutes.  This is when I decided to always filter AND treat all spring water from the desert.

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Re: Fresno Creek Drainage
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2019, 11:26:31 AM »
Seen water here.  But we also witnessed a family of Javalina roll around and basically wash themselves in the water for 20 minutes.  This is when I decided to always filter AND treat all spring water from the desert.

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Thanks. I drank enough from cow tanks on the AZT to appreciate filtering! In north America there is no danger of viruses, so treatment is unnecessary. If you use the Steripen, then you don't have to worry because all DNA is destroyed. You have to prefilter if the water is turbid, as the Steripen needs clear water, but you would do that anyway when using a Sawyer or BeFree to avoid clogging them.

Steripen is the way to go.

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Re: Fresno Creek Drainage
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2019, 02:56:16 PM »
I am planning a trip in the Sierra Quemada for December.

Has anyone hiked the Fresno Creek Drainage? Is it doable? My route has me going up the drainage from Black Gap to Elephant Tusk trail.

Yes, we hiked Fresno Drainage starting near the Waterworks in 2011. Totally doable. Make sure to look at my BiBe GE Project and you can see our route in red. We came out at Black Gap road and hiked back to our cars near Elephant Tusk trailhead.  There was tons of water below the Waterworks, but if I recall, there was no water at Frog, Frosty, or Frivol Springs. There are two pouroffs that you can bypass on the left if going up from Black Gap Road. I don't have it marked on the map, but there is a palm tree along this route which was interesting. Overall, a neat route worth exploring.
« Last Edit: October 22, 2019, 03:02:25 PM by Lance »

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Re: Fresno Creek Drainage
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2019, 03:24:57 PM »
The palm tree is just below Fresno spring and about a mile above the "white amphitheater"

temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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