Just got back tonight from a 10 day trip out to the dead BB desert. I wanted to give the latest on what we found at some springs. Get your outer mountain loop map or your Emory Pk quad to follow along.
We left from Juniper canyon TH and found a puddle that you COULD pump from at the Dodson ranch house 20 feet of the trail. It was green but was deep enough. The upper spring above the house and to the west was DRY.
On your map follow the Dodson drainage down to the first marked spring south of the trail. It had running water.
Continue down the Dodson drainage till the drainage dumps back into the Fresno creek proper right below Tortuga mountain. Walk down Fresno creek and right before the next drainage enters in from the right, we found water running. The drainage from the right is the one that the ET trail crosses before heading up the hill towards Elephant Tusk mountain. This spring is NOT labeled on any of my maps.
We climbed down waterworks and continued on down Fresno creek proper. We found running water at the spring above "Fresno Spring" and it actually ran for about a 1/5 of a mile. "Fresno Spring" proper had two nice water holes to pump from, but was not running.
As stated in other posts, Fresno creek was running below the Outer mountain loop trail for about a 1/3 mile below the trail crossing.
One the bright side of such a dry desert, most all the Lechuguilla (aka. Mr Mean) is dead and can be easily kicked out of the way.
Trip report to come later from Cookie when she can get to it.