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Quemada Surface Water (!) and Springs

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Re: Quemada Surface Water (!) and Springs
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2018, 01:28:51 PM »
That was my brother and me you bumped into near Jack's Pass.  We did Mules Ears to Dominguez through Jack's Pass and then up Fisk to to Smokey Creek Trail and back.  Water everywhere.  Most I've seen in 40 years of BBNP trekking.

If someone doesn't like carrying the water weight (like me) now is the time to go.

This is one of things I most love about BBC -- the opportunity for random strangers encountering each other or their equipment on the trail to reconnect after it's all over. Without BBC, none of us would ever have a chance to follow-up. Thanks again, David and Richard, for creating and keeping BBC alive!
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Re: Quemada Surface Water (!) and Springs
« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2018, 12:41:30 PM »
Hey Brad, this is lech (Ric). I was leaving as you were headed in. The water was amazing back in the Quemada's.  After years I have finally joined the forum, Newbie to forum but not BiBe, In 70/80s rafted mainly. On occasion after doing all the established trails started my adventures into the Quemadas. Then 22 year sabbatical to raise kids and then started heading back into the Quemadas in 2013. For recent report on the Corral spring drainage and water go to youtube and just search "rtcentral12".
Can't wait to see Brad's report and photos.

Hi Ric, it was great meeting you at the trailhead.  The volunteer ranger checking parked cars said you were quite the experienced Big Bend hiker.  Sounds like he was right!

Any chance you could describe your route?  We saw a single set of fresh boot prints while in various wet off-trail locations and wondered if they were yours.

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Re: Quemada Surface Water (!) and Springs
« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2018, 12:49:17 PM »
That was my brother and me you bumped into near Jack's Pass.  We did Mules Ears to Dominguez through Jack's Pass and then up Fisk to to Smokey Creek Trail and back.  Water everywhere.  Most I've seen in 40 years of BBNP trekking.

If someone doesn't like carrying the water weight (like me) now is the time to go.

Hey thwart, it was great meeting you guys too.  I'm curious about how things were between Fisk and Smoky Creek.  I've always liked that area.

I'll go ahead and spill the beans that you and your brother have lots of knowledge about springs in BBRSP, which I'm dying to hear about.   :)

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Re: Quemada Surface Water (!) and Springs
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2018, 07:12:00 PM »
Brad
probably not my boots unless between claro up to cooper and then up drainage until connect with Dodson. I saw no boots in this stretch and only a bear print. I had a more aggressive 6 day trip planned (Alder, water works, Fresno, double, up drainage north of double and drop into claro, and then out) but cut it short as was not feeling well 3rd day, I came in from Homer, where trail leaves drainage to go up, I followed drainage around to SE until going up a pass and into Corral spring drainage. Up that drainage to Dodson.  At Claro drainage I headed up drainage and camped and also checked out a spring that was not listed. I am calling it Claro 0.5. Next day followed drainage past Claro 1 to juncture with Cooper sprg drainage. Up that drainage and out by Dodson.  Sounds like you have been checking out all the back country springs also.
ric
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Re: Quemada Surface Water (!) and Springs
« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2018, 09:21:50 PM »
You guys are right, runoff water in the SQ was really flowing. I did a 6-day solo Nov 2-7; Mule Ears/Smoky Creek/Fisk/Double Spring/ET Trail/Dodson via Adler/Juniper and out. The water was sublime!




Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

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Re: Quemada Surface Water (!) and Springs
« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2018, 11:14:53 PM »
I'll bet it was your boot prints we saw, Homer67!  We were on a similar route, opposite direction, from Nov 8-11.  Saw tracks in Fisk, in the stretch from Double Spring to ET, and in the ET below Fresno.

I should have a trip report up here in the next day or two.

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Re: Quemada Surface Water (!) and Springs
« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2018, 11:44:44 PM »
I hiked right through there! I love the SQ. Iím going back for 6-7 nights the last week of Feb. for more exploration and solitude, although Iíve invited one person and another wants in.

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« Last Edit: December 01, 2018, 11:49:56 PM by Homer67 »
Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

 


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