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Offline TheWildWestGuy

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Upper Juniper Springs
« on: March 27, 2011, 01:37:48 PM »
Has anyone been to Upper Juniper Springs lately?  Is their still water available from underneath the big boulder or is it dried up?  I know it was still flowing last Winter but it hasn't rained since then so did anyone visit their during Spring Break?   TWWG

Offline championbaum

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Re: Upper Juniper Springs
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2011, 10:20:22 PM »
not since around christmas, sorry. had water then.

Offline raptor()

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Re: Upper Juniper Springs
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2012, 04:54:56 PM »
Sorry to bump this old thread, but can anyone tell me where to find the springs along the trail? 

Offline championbaum

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Re: Upper Juniper Springs
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2012, 08:45:58 PM »
From the juniper canyon trail there is a metal sign, marking juniper canyon camp site maybe??? From the metal sign take a right, there's a faint trail, or follow the creek bed and there is a stone trough ting and a bolder maybe 1/10-1/8 of a mile up the creek bed. Look under the boulder. I had to kick leaves out of the way last time. It's kind of hard to find, unless you've been there, I missed it on many trips before I actually found it.

Offline Flash

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Re: Upper Juniper Springs
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2012, 08:55:05 PM »
TheWildWestGuy descibes in multiple postings in this forum how to find Upper Juniper Springs. Here is one example:

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/general-questions-and-answers/questions-about-getting-to-the-water-cache-locations-in-a-small-car/msg112552/#msg112552

There are other descriptions. Just look at his posts for more details. Basically go find the metal sign and follow the branching trail up the ravine... look for the pipe, the cement footings, the boulder, etc.

Offline TexasAggieHiker

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Re: Upper Juniper Springs
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2012, 10:49:20 PM »
I was there in December and was able to get a liter out of it.  The water was pretty dark and smelly.  I wouldn't bet my life on it, but it is there in an emergency.  I'll be there later this week and will check on it.

Offline raptor()

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Re: Upper Juniper Springs
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2012, 12:45:32 PM »
Great, thank you all.

Offline Reece

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Re: Upper Juniper Springs
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2012, 04:10:16 PM »
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Scant trail leading straight and down from the metal sign to the spring. There is also a pipe going farther downhill. Turn right at sign to continue on Juniper trail..

Offline Robert

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Re: Upper Juniper Springs
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2012, 04:59:36 PM »
A lot of people report that the spring is dry because they don't look in the right spot.

TWWG has it right:
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...can be tricky to find, when you see the metal signpost for Juniper Camp follow the branching trail into the ravine/tree's and find the cement ruins.   Then follow the metal pipe uphill ~30 yards to the small pool of water below the large granite boulder.  Upper Juniper Springs has a very small rock bowl only 2' by 3' max but does hold enough water to filter from even during these dry times

When I went there we took the spur trail which took us to the cement ruins. You then have to walk up hill a short distance to the spring.


Offline TheWildWestGuy

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Re: Upper Juniper Springs
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2012, 09:53:48 PM »
I was back there about a month ago 4/2012 doing the OML in reverse.  We started from the Juniper Canyon Trailhead and went up Juniper Canyon to Colima 1 on the first day, we stopped at Upper Juniper Springs and filtered a couple liters but the spring was only seeping slowly.  It looked reliable but very low flow compared to normal years.  Flow rate was probably 4 liters/hour so if you had a group or needed a lot of water you might be there awhile waiting for it to refill.   It was the lowest flow rate I have ever seen but it WAS flowing/seeping.

Boot Canyon had several nice tinajas with slow trickle in between them,  Fresno Creek was flowing reliably and there were several ephemeral pools and seeps along the Dodson Trail but none that I would consider reliable.   Overall conditions were very dry but not as bad as last Summers drought, but not much better either.   TWWG

 

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