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Backcountry water sources, ranked by reliability

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Re: Backcountry water sources, ranked by reliability
« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2017, 03:41:59 PM »
Some kind of prefilter is good Reece has one he has used I believe some kind of fuel filter material.  The cloth trick is a good one, slow but in desperate situations would work.  I have used a ziplock bag in the past for really shallow pools, kind of like your cut off platy.

As to springs the only one you listed that might not make the solid list is Hermoso.  It has been a long time since I was by it but I think it was not flowing then.  I hope to walk by it this winter and see.  Others may have better info.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Re: Backcountry water sources, ranked by reliability
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2017, 06:47:58 PM »
Awesome thread
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Backcountry water sources, ranked by reliability
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2017, 11:39:05 AM »
Some kind of prefilter is good Reece has one he has used I believe some kind of fuel filter material.  The cloth trick is a good one, slow but in desperate situations would work.  I have used a ziplock bag in the past for really shallow pools, kind of like your cut off platy.

As to springs the only one you listed that might not make the solid list is Hermoso.  It has been a long time since I was by it but I think it was not flowing then.  I hope to walk by it this winter and see.  Others may have better info.

An update on the Hermosa springs along or near the Smoky creek trail.  Hermosa A which is on the Smoky Creek trail just north of where it leaves the drainage N of Sugarloaf Mtn. and cuts back over to Smoky creek itself is not much of a spring, recently a short 10' green flow.  Hermosa B which is maybe a quarter mile below where the Smoky creek trail leaves the drainage as described above is a fantastic spring will a long run over rocks and gravel with some nice pools, this would be the reliable one.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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