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Big Bend National Park Q&A => Water and Spring Reports => Topic started by: elhombre on December 24, 2017, 10:02:27 AM

Title: Elephant Tusk trail water report
Post by: elhombre on December 24, 2017, 10:02:27 AM
Starting South and heading North on the so called Elephant Tusk trial using Lance's google earth.  So called because it is so overgrown, even having walked it all before a few times, I lost it many times.  It has all your favorites (beaver tail cactus, Catclaw, and Mr.Mean) all grown over it.  Also the grass is so tall, if you aren't in the creek bed, the cairns are invisible.  I dare you to wear shorts and your fancy trail running shoes on this section.  Go ahead,  I bet you can't do it!   :evil:

Very little in potholes at exit of Elephant Tusk canyon.  Don't count on it
Upper Middle spring inside ET canyon.   Mucho Aqua, and Mucho Satan's spur grass to get to it. Bring the tweezers.
Elegant  -  Running slow with the usual brown stuff lining the streambed.  Good for a pump.
Elf and Elephant -  Good to go for at least a few months.
Water flowing west of trail in creek bed upstream from Zapata Tuerto.
Water flowing from more reliable spring on the North side of the "Y" of Zapata Tuerto
Lastly, yours and my favorite, Adler is pumping out the spring water at a better rate than usual.

I would also like to say we had a very nice talk with a ranger that we have seen around for many years.  And I want to thank them for a very informative discussion on the park.  I will leave out the ranger's name to protect the innocent, but I wanted them to know my entire family appreciated the exchange.  My family is now a little worried because it seems like every time we meet and find a "favorite" ranger, they retire soon afterwards.  (ie. Mark Fil____,  Rob Dean)  Thanks and Merry Christmas Ranger!

And Merry Christmas to the rest of you Cactus Kicking Big Bend Chatters!
Title: Re: Elephant Tusk trail water report
Post by: mule ears on December 24, 2017, 11:49:28 AM
Thanks elhombre!  Is the Satan's spur grass the same devilish one over in Fisk canyon that gets all over you ?
Title: Re: Elephant Tusk trail water report
Post by: elhombre on December 24, 2017, 05:16:24 PM
The question itself makes me think we are talking about the same little shirt sticking, splinter leaving seeds that grow up around elbow height. 

Good Times!!
Title: Re: Elephant Tusk trail water report
Post by: Talusman on December 25, 2017, 10:32:42 AM
Starting South and heading North on the so called Elephant Tusk trial using Lance's google earth.  So called because it is so overgrown, even having walked it all before a few times, I lost it many times.  It has all your favorites (beaver tail cactus, Catclaw, and Mr.Mean) all grown over it.  Also the grass is so tall, if you aren't in the creek bed, the cairns are invisible.  I dare you to wear shorts and your fancy trail running shoes on this section.  Go ahead,  I bet you can't do it!   :evil:

Very little in potholes at exit of Elephant Tusk canyon.  Don't count on it
Upper Middle spring inside ET canyon.   Mucho Aqua, and Mucho Satan's spur grass to get to it. Bring the tweezers.
Elegant  -  Running slow with the usual brown stuff lining the streambed.  Good for a pump.
Elf and Elephant -  Good to go for at least a few months.
Water flowing west of trail in creek bed upstream from Zapata Tuerto.
Water flowing from more reliable spring on the North side of the "Y" of Zapata Tuerto
Lastly, yours and my favorite, Adler is pumping out the spring water at a better rate than usual.

I would also like to say we had a very nice talk with a ranger that we have seen around for many years.  And I want to thank them for a very informative discussion on the park.  I will leave out the ranger's name to protect the innocent, but I wanted them to know my entire family appreciated the exchange.  My family is now a little worried because it seems like every time we meet and find a "favorite" ranger, they retire soon afterwards.  (ie. Mark Fil____,  Rob Dean)  Thanks and Merry Christmas Ranger!

And Merry Christmas to the rest of you Cactus Kicking Big Bend Chatters!

Merry Christmas as well El Hombre!

We are still a few months away from our annual march trip but I think we may add a summit of Elephant Tusk to the weeks menu. Looks like a fun hike in the area with all the floral hazards. With HMDO, Mule Ears and a few others recent reports, there is plenty of good information and entertainment. Look forward to hearing more about yours as well.
Title: Re: Elephant Tusk trail water report
Post by: hunterhughes on April 04, 2018, 03:51:19 PM
The question itself makes me think we are talking about the same little shirt sticking, splinter leaving seeds that grow up around elbow height. 

Good Times!!

It looks like wheat? Or at least what I think wheat looks like.  I did a trip in early November and found it near springs or moist sand.  Unfortunately, I did not realize how nasty it was until I was covered in it.  I took off all of my clothes and spent about an hour removing trying to tweeze it.  I'm now an expert at recognizing and avoiding this stuff.