9 Peak Challenge (Water resupply)

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    • #4069

      Planning an overnight starting from Angelus Oaks SBP T/H and ending at the Vivian Creek T/H. We will have to have a late start on the first day so thinking about camping at Anderson Flat. My question is: where might I “reliably” find water on this stretch between San Bernardino Peak and San G summit? Read somewhere that High Meadow Spring might have water? Can anyone confirm? Thanks!

    • #4070

      I wish I was able to definitively say yes, the spring is flowing, but I haven’t seen it recently. However, from what I’ve heard over the years, High Meadow is “highly” reliable. Never heard of it running dry and at this time of year with snow just melting off, I’d guess that the spring is flowing great. If I had a trip planned up there now, I wouldn’t be concerned about it.

    • #4072
      chris in redlands

      There is unlimited water on your route. The divide is covered with snow.

    • #4101

      Thank you! Hope that’s still the case in a week.

    • #4102
      chris in redlands

      it is a certainty.

      check here for daily images of the divide.


    • #4108
      Hikin Jim


      Depending on what permit you can get, Trail Fork Springs would be a bit closer to water than Anderson Flat, although it’s not too hard to hike down to the spring from Anderson Flat.

      I think Anderson Flat is a little barren up on top of the ridge and like Trail Fork Springs Camp a little better.  Shields Flat is more sheltered than Anderson Flat, but there’s no water at Shields (unless you melt snow).

      Limber Pine Bench on your way in should have water at the zig-zag of the first major switchback above the camp.

      High Meadow Springs will have water, but it’s quite a ways off the main trail along the divide.  You have to drop down steeply to the camp area and then drop down even further to the meadowy area below the camp where the water is.  Water flow at High Meadow is always reliable but is always low.  There typically are no deep pools from which to gather water.  You just have to hunt around in the meadow until you find a spot where you can gather water with relative ease.

      If it were me, I’d stay at Trail Fork Springs, tank up with water there, and bypass High Meadow Springs.

      Your next reliable water, except for snow, is at High Creek as you come down the Vivian Creek Trail.


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