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we only have one vehicle, a subaru impreza (not a lot of clearance) but I've heard that some of the guide companies offer shuttle services? is it possible to make a loop with smoky creek/dodson/ elephant tusk? or possibly with dominguez spring? What is the route over jack's pass like? and will I need a gps for some of these things?
Quote from: bacon_on_top on November 11, 2016, 04:57:31 PMwe only have one vehicle, a subaru impreza (not a lot of clearance) but I've heard that some of the guide companies offer shuttle services? is it possible to make a loop with smoky creek/dodson/ elephant tusk? or possibly with dominguez spring? What is the route over jack's pass like? and will I need a gps for some of these things?I have hiked the Dodson several times, and done both Smoky Creek and Elephant Tusk as long out-and-back hikes from base camps on the Dodson. This was several years ago, before I used a GPS, and I did fine. They both require excellent good maps and good map-reading skills. Down wash is always much less confusing than up wash. Heading up wash, every incoming sub-drainage beckons and it can be difficult to always ascertain the main wash/route. I haven't connected those two Quemada trails via Jack's Pass, but I know many other people have and it's certainly do-able. I'll let others comment on the ease or difficulty of that route.
Thank you for the pointers! How reliable are the water sources out there? Would we need to carry more than 1.5 days water at any given time? And any idea about mileage and timeframe (days/night) for this loop or something where we base camp on the Dodson? How does a trip like this compare to the OML? Sorry if these questions are redundant or seem silly! Just trying to be prepared for several possibilities. And seriously, thanks again for the responses so far! I'm getting pretty excited!Sent from my iPhone using Big Bend Chat
Hi everyone, first time poster here. Just finished a 4 day backpack in the Sierra Quemada today, and wanted to give back for all the great info from this forum. I'm a long time hiker in the park. The short version is that there is plenty of water right now.My hike was Mule Ears to Dominguez to Double Spring to the Waterworks and back via the Dodson and Smokey Creek.In the order of my trip:Smokey Spring was flowing and filterable but a little green. Dominguez is running strong over the dam. Double Spring is also strong. Elf Spring as well. Elephant is marshy. There is plenty of water above Zapato Tuerto, where the ET trail hits the wash from the south. It's flowing like a creek from there all the way to Skip and Jump. Smokey Creek has lots of water from above the dam to past Witch Spring. Again flowing like a creek in many stretches, though it looks like the water levels aren't as high as they were recently, so that may not continue. More water intermittently to Willow Spring, easily filterable. Went to check out Rhyolite Spring, but there was too much vegetation to get close enough.Again, a big thank you to everyone who posts regularly on this site. It's a wealth of information on one of my favorite places.
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