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Author Topic: Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water  (Read 2604 times)  

Offline TomJ

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Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water
« on: November 15, 2011, 10:06:52 PM »
Getting ready for my next BiBe backpack trip mid-December, and am wondering if there's any water to be had at Dominguez Spring, Smoky Creek, or Dodson Spring? Would appreciate any updates.

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Re: Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2011, 05:58:28 AM »
Tom I am headed out in mid December as well and looking for the same kinds of reports.  TheWildWestGuy is in the park right now and going to Dominguez spring and up Juniper canyon, he will report back next week.  There have been no reports from the Smoky Creek trail at all.  Hopefully with folks going to the park over Thanksgiving we can get some water reports from that area too.

Here are the reports from the last month or so:

Boot canyon- water in the tinajas but not from the pipe
Fresno Creek- water not too far below the Dodson trail crossing and far down at the Hop Spring, Skip and Jump tinajas (the Waterworks) and Fresno spring
Mule Ears spring is running
Springs in the Elephant tusk drainage- dry

What are your trip plans?
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
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Re: Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2011, 10:04:14 AM »
I am making a similar hike in January.  Date to be determined by LSU's status as to a possible national championship game.  I have been to all the noted springs but never on the same hike.  I am looking forward to hearing the spring report. 

Offline TomJ

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Re: Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2011, 10:19:15 AM »
What are your trip plans?

Probably Wilson-Smoky-Fisk-Dominguez-ET-Dodson-Wilson, but may change Wilson to Juniper.

Over the years, I've backpacked most of the desert trails, so I thought it's about time to do some cross-country. Maybe not, if the water situation is still "desperate". I'm getting to be too old and slow to hump 3 gallons of water in my pack!  :eusa_boohoo:

TomJ



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Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2011, 12:13:58 PM »
Fresno Creek has water below the Dodson junction, and there are pools just above and within the Waterworks downstream.
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Re: Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2011, 12:36:22 PM »
Is Fresno not running where the Dodson crosses it?

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Re: Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2011, 01:25:51 PM »
Fresno Creek has water below the Dodson junction, and there are pools just above and within the Waterworks downstream.

Jeff sounds like you were just there.  Was there water running through the waterworks or just water standing in pools?
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Re: Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2011, 02:24:36 PM »
Upper Smoky Creek was dry to the first pour off ~1 mile below Dodson.  Only a thimble of water pooled at a very weak seep there.  October 29.

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Offline TomJ

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Re: Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2011, 08:35:49 PM »
Upper Smoky Creek was dry to the first pour off ~1 mile below Dodson.  Only a thimble of water pooled at a very weak seep there.  October 29.

Thanks for the report on Smoky! Well, that still leaves Dominguez in doubt.

Pray for rain!  :crossedfingers:

TomJ

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Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2011, 08:49:50 PM »
Fresno Creek has water below the Dodson junction, and there are pools just above and within the Waterworks downstream.

Jeff sounds like you were just there.  Was there water running through the waterworks or just water standing in pools?

Yes I was, with Ay Chihuahua. There was no running water, just green pools in the tinajas.
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Re: Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2011, 03:01:33 PM »
There was water at Fresno on Nov 12th.  There was water in the tinajas in Boot  Canyon on the 16th.  It was nice to get some rain when we zoned in C05 on the 14th.
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Offline TomJ

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Re: Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2011, 08:35:40 PM »
There was water at Fresno on Nov 12th.  There was water in the tinajas in Boot  Canyon on the 16th.  It was nice to get some rain when we zoned in C05 on the 14th.

Homer, was that where Fresno Creek crosses the Dodson Trail, or ??? Thanks for the report!

TomJ
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Re: Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2011, 11:38:45 AM »
I just completed the OML (Nov 18th - 20th)  Water was available on Fresno just below the Dodson Trail. 


Trip report to follow
« Last Edit: November 21, 2011, 11:58:01 AM by defcoord »

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Re: Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2011, 12:08:06 PM »
I just completed the OML (Nov 18th - 20th)  Water was available on Fresno just below the Dodson Trail. 

Thanks, defcoord! Was the water flowing, or just a pool? Quantity?

TomJ
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Re: Dominguez - Smoky - Dodson Water
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2011, 12:11:02 PM »
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.

 

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