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OML Water Report - Oct. 29-30

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OML Water Report - Oct. 29-30
« on: October 31, 2017, 04:31:22 PM »
Just finished a counter-clockwise OML this morning, two nights, three days with a stop on the South Rim the second night. I'll file a separate trip report in a few days.

Started at Homer Wilson on Sunday, Oct. 29.

Fresno Creek - running lightly. Where the trail crosses it's but a mere trickle, but move downstream 20-30 yards and there's plenty, move down further, even more. Easy to find water pooled 6-8" deep close to where the trail crosses.

Upper Juniper Springs - lots of water coming out of the rock and sediment so a big muddy area but none you could really get a bottle under so opted for the round "dish" or rock sink (my term). Water was about 3-4 inches deep. I cleaned out the bowl of leaves and other unnecessary items.

Boot Spring pipe - flowing nicely. I had a 28+ ounce bottle and filled it in 60 seconds. Lots of water going up the Boot Canyon most of it the minty green kind with lots of moss, yum.

This was my second solo OML, first being mid November last year. For those maybe taking off the next day or two across the Dodson, expect a rough trail, difficult to follow at times--much, much more so than last year-- but I heard from two park sources that a crew is coming in within the week to work on it. Have no way to verify that so take it with a grain of salt.
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Re: OML Water Report - Oct. 29-30
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2017, 06:13:40 PM »
Nuggetf5, I love this water report, both that there is so much water out there and this is the kind of specificity on location, flow and ability to get a bottle filled that I wish everyone would give us.

Congratulations on another successful OML, I look forward to the full report

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Re: OML Water Report - Oct. 29-30
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2017, 07:23:22 PM »
Thanks for taking the time to report!  Should be a fine winter in terms of springs flowing out in the desert.  You must of really been humping it. 

How do you mean the trail was hard to follow or rough?  Overgrown?  or actual trail torn up some how?  Like ME, I am patiently waiting for a trip report.
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Re: OML Water Report - Oct. 29-30
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2017, 08:34:39 AM »
I'll file a more detailed report but it may have to wait until late Thursday when I return home or possibly Friday. Off the Boquillas del Carmen for lunch today.

It would appear Mother Nature worked her wonders with a vengeance since the hike last year. Blue Creek appears to have had a substantial amount of erosion, so much that I'd say Homer Wilson's old house is in danger of being a victim in the next 2-3 years should this continue. The last few miles down Blue Creek were much rougher, harder to follow, but of course with that section all you pretty much have to do is follow the wash.

The Dodson trail is much more overgrown with grass, more difficult to follow and because of the erosion in the wash, some cairns in the creek sections have disappeared. The ones that remain are sometimes hidden by the taller grass when you leave the wash. First three miles going up  Juniper Canyon trail have suffered a fair amount of erosion to my memory, making it difficult to hike on the actual trail in sections, and the upper 2-3 miles there are probably ten large trees that have fallen across trail. No real issue getting around them.

Someone upgraded the "sink" at Upper Juniper Springs it appears with new rocks. Quite nice :). I definitely approve.
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Re: OML Water Report - Oct. 29-30
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2017, 10:06:08 AM »
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