Big Bend Conservancy
Did you finally do your trip above the springs and over to Upper Juniper?
On Saturday Dec. 10th, hiked from Juniper Canyon Trailhead to a gravel bench 1/4 mile below Lower Juniper Spring. Dropped my pack at my campsite and proceeded the rest of the way to the spring with my water collection gear in a summit pack. Water was running at a steady trickle from below the red boulder with the white stripes on it. Dipped water out of a deep pool with a measuring cup and collected 4 liters for the next couple days. Note: In my opinion, this is not water to go searching for under duress. It takes a lot of effort and decent route-finding skills to reach the water from the Dodson. There is no real trail and the terrain gets rougher nearer to the water. Better to backtrack to Upper Juniper Spring or hit the trailhead bear box or even Dodson Spring, because that way you would stay close to the trail and the possibility of help. Will post a few pictures hopefully this weekend...- Flash
Hope you don't mind a question about where you were camped and how you accessed--don't worry, I probably won't be seeking this out but I love these puzzles, and I'm just crazy enough that I may some day. Or if you don't want people going there I'd understand that. I think I remember seeing the double-crowned foothill but don't remember exactly where I was. Did you access that spot from the Dodson? Sounds like you were camped on Juniper Creek Trail East of the spring and just a little South. I camped the first night on the Dodson going clockwise in the third wash that's visible on the standard NatGeo topo map, the one just before the Dodson turns to the West. There are some great large boulders off the trail south a few yards which are good for sitting on which is why I chose that spot. Appears the spring would dump into that. I'd think the water would be at least a mile or more up that wash from the Dodson which would be a long slog uphill in the gravel, likely worse than Blue Creek which wasn't that bad. Cool photos.
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