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Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?

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Re: Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?
« Reply #30 on: July 18, 2017, 04:09:15 PM »
I will check it out thanks.

Hike downstream as far as the dam and your chances improve. It's a bit of a bushwhack though.

Don't forget to come back and post a water report......


That picture is as full as one will ever see it.  IIRC it's about an hour bushwacking to the dam.

BTW welcome to the board Snommisbor!

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Re: Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?
« Reply #31 on: July 18, 2017, 04:58:59 PM »
I will check it out thanks.

Hike downstream as far as the dam and your chances improve. It's a bit of a bushwhack though.

Don't forget to come back and post a water report......


That picture is as full as one will ever see it.  IIRC it's about an hour bushwacking to the dam.

BTW welcome to the board Snommisbor!

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Indeed WELCOME!!!!  I visited the dam in Upper Cattail Canyon about a month ago.  There was plenty of water, and identifiable flows from the springs just upstream.  My mileage varied though: it took me almost two hours to reach it. The drainage was thick, prickly and hot. Then again, temps were well above 90 degrees. It should be significantly easier now.
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Re: Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?
« Reply #32 on: July 18, 2017, 05:01:11 PM »
Flash contemplating the Rio in flood at Santa Elena Canyon.

(Flash sent this from his HTC 831C.)

 :great:  Great photo, Flash!
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Re: Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?
« Reply #33 on: July 18, 2017, 05:52:10 PM »
I will check it out thanks.

Hike downstream as far as the dam and your chances improve. It's a bit of a bushwhack though.

Don't forget to come back and post a water report......


That picture is as full as one will ever see it.  IIRC it's about an hour bushwacking to the dam.

BTW welcome to the board Snommisbor!


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When I took this picture, there was water within 100 yds of LW3. I have seen the dam this full many times before.....always in the summer though.
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Re: Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?
« Reply #34 on: July 18, 2017, 06:04:03 PM »
I will check it out thanks.

Hike downstream as far as the dam and your chances improve. It's a bit of a bushwhack though.

Don't forget to come back and post a water report......


That picture is as full as one will ever see it.  IIRC it's about an hour bushwacking to the dam.

BTW welcome to the board Snommisbor!


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When I took this picture, there was water within 100 yds of LW3. I have seen the dam this full many times before.....always in the summer though.
That's a good point, if the water is flowing that well, there will be water up wash for sure

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Re: Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?
« Reply #35 on: July 18, 2017, 07:53:21 PM »
Hiked to South Rim today. Boot Canyon creek has water flowing strongly, all the way from where the trail leaves the creek down to Boot Cabin. Pipe was flowing approx. 1 gallon in less than 3 minutes.

Rain came at 4pm.  Before it hit, my wife and I took shelter in the corral under the shed. Rain lasted about 30-40 minutes. Once it stopped, we donned our rain jackets against the heavy drips, and then we booked it for the Basin.

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« Last Edit: July 21, 2017, 10:18:52 AM by Flash »

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Re: Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?
« Reply #36 on: July 19, 2017, 06:04:19 AM »
Hiked to South Rim today. Boot Canyon creek has water flowing strongly, all the way from where the trail leaves the creek down to Boot Cabin. Pipe was flowing approx. 1 gallon in less than 3 minutes.

Rain came at 4pm. Wife and I took shelter before it hit at the corral under the shed. Rain lasted about 45 minutes, then we booked it for the Basin.

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Re: Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?
« Reply #37 on: July 19, 2017, 08:07:29 PM »
Cool looks like we won't have to haul up 5 plus gallons of water with us.

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Re: Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?
« Reply #38 on: July 20, 2017, 11:32:57 PM »
Cool looks like we won't have to haul up 5 plus gallons of water with us.

At Laguna Meadow, I suggest looking for water in the creekbed about 200 feet below LW3. Later, you can get water from the upper end of Boot Canyon where the trail leaves the creek bed, less than a 1/4 mile from the South Rim. Have a great trip!

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Re: Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?
« Reply #39 on: July 21, 2017, 07:53:49 AM »
When the rain is regular in the summer, you can often find water in many draws in the Chisos.

I found this little ephemeral stream less than 50 yards from the SW4 backcountry site. I'm sure it wasn't going to last long but it served a useful purpose that day. I had an abundance of drinking water already, but took the opportunity to clean myself up a bit.



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Re: Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?
« Reply #40 on: July 21, 2017, 09:36:35 AM »
That's cool, BK.  I did see potholes of various sizes scattered about the SW Rim on Tuesday. 

It is worth mentioning that the side streams to Boot Canyon were also running:  One coming down from the direction of SW2 not far from the old dam, another from the direction of NE1 below the NE Rim trail junction, and the strongest was 2 or 3 loops north of the Colima Trail junction on the way to Pinnacles Pass. People camping at the BC campsites should be able to collect water directly from the creek bed instead humping up the hill to Boot Spring...

Wednesday, at the Lost Mine Trail, on top of the ridge, we saw plenty of potholes with clear water that looked like they could be scooped or siphoned...
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Re: Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?
« Reply #41 on: July 21, 2017, 09:52:58 AM »
the strongest was 2 or 3 loops north of the Colima Trail junction on the way to Pinnacles Pass. People camping at the BC campsites should be able to collect water directly from the creek bed instead humping up the hill to Boot Spring...


Is this the spot you're talking about? The X on the map is usually reliable for a few days after rain. Not long though....
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Re: Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?
« Reply #42 on: July 21, 2017, 10:15:27 AM »
After looking at a map, that has got to be it exactly. We had to use stepping stones to cross it after the 30-40 minute steady shower ended.

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Re: Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?
« Reply #43 on: July 21, 2017, 01:01:25 PM »
the strongest was 2 or 3 loops north of the Colima Trail junction on the way to Pinnacles Pass. People camping at the BC campsites should be able to collect water directly from the creek bed instead humping up the hill to Boot Spring...


Is this the spot you're talking about? The X on the map is usually reliable for a few days after rain. Not long though....

The granularity of information available on BBC is just astounding. And outstanding!  I think that's the spot where I had very first encounter with a mountain lion, almost 25 years ago. I was heading south and just as I rounded the acute corner, I came face-to-face with a large lion trotting north. Both of us stopped short and our jaws dropped open. My heart leapt through my chest and the lion leapt directly up a rock face and disappeared.  A few seconds later, while I was unsuccessfully trying to calm myself, a couple of dayhikers came puffing up the trail from the south, cameras dangling from their necks, and asked, "Did you see a bobcat? We've been chasing it down the trail for a hundred yards, trying to get a photo!"
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Re: Anybody have anything recent to report on High Chisos water?
« Reply #44 on: July 22, 2017, 03:54:46 PM »

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The granularity of information available on BBC is just astounding. And outstanding!  I think that's the spot where I had very first encounter with a mountain lion, almost 25 years ago. I was heading south and just as I rounded the acute corner, I came face-to-face with a large lion trotting north. Both of us stopped short and our jaws dropped open. My heart leapt through my chest and the lion leapt directly up a rock face and disappeared.  A few seconds later, while I was unsuccessfully trying to calm myself, a couple of dayhikers came puffing up the trail from the south, cameras dangling from their necks, and asked, "Did you see a bobcat? We've been chasing it down the trail for a hundred yards, trying to get a photo!"

Neat mountain lion story. Amazing how quickly they can disappear.

I have seen one, although not in Big Bend.  I was archery hunting for hogs on a very large ranch outside of Encinal, Texas.  The ranch hands told me that due to weather I should stalk the low areas and bottom lands.  It was cold and wet and I was walking just that sort of area.  I came up on a deep crevice caused by erosion.  The section I came up to was about 6 feet deep but only about 4 or 5 feet across.  It was the beginning of it and to my right it gradually got wider and wider.  I walked up to the edge and when I looked down I saw a large cat looking up at me.  The second I saw it, he jumped up and luckily towards the other side, not towards me!  I have to admit I was turning to run by that point.  The cat landed on the other side and as I looked back he took what seemed like just a few steps and was gone!  Vanished.  Other than my gasp, there was never a sound, not of movement or landing or running or brush moving.  If you don't know that area of Texas, there' not a lot of cover.  It's all prickly pear, mesquite and scrub brush.  Regardless, that cat was gone.  I tried to convince myself it was a Bobcat, but it was too big and I distinctly remember the tail; it looped down and then back up, not touching the ground and was black or dark tipped.
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