07/02/2018 at 12:37 pm #2440BrittanyParticipant
Hi there everyone,
Went out on a trek over the weekend. Started out South Fork up to Dry lake, stayed the night there. Submitted San Gorgonio and then came down San Bernadino Peak Divide Trail to South Fork and down to the parking lot.
Water at South Fork Creek; Plenty of water.
Between The Fork and Dry Lake, there was a spring on the triail lightly flowing ( I belive it was grassy springs) I desperate, could have gotten water from it. Thankfully we filled up at south fork to get us through to the next day, as planned.
Ran into a nice Dad and Son as we filled up a liter to get us back to the car on Sunday and fun enough they had the same trek planned to what we were finishing up. We gave them the updates and high lights. They asked about WHERE the water source was at dry lake, they were going camp there that night as we did. With eye widened, we said NONE… This is your last source of water other than a small spring ON the trail until you make it back to this point tomorrow.
They said that the ranger ( don’t know where they talked to a ranger aka, vistor centor or Mill Creek or?? ) said that Dry lake had water currently.
Needless to say we were thankful that we’d run across them to be helpful. They lived a couple hours away so weren’t super familiar with the area.
Hope everyone had a safe, fun weekend!
07/05/2018 at 5:11 pm #2447Ranger LonParticipant
Good job helping those other hikers with your water observations. I personally had assumed that all of the volunteers at Mill Creek were aware that Lodgepole Springs is not a reliable source this year, but I will make sure everyone gets an update on this to help keep this from happening again. Obviously, this is a wild wilderness and you can only count on sources that other people have been to and have reported on recently. What was reported even just a few weeks ago may not still be reliable as the summer goes on. We appreciate when people like you continue to report conditions on the trail; either in this forum, on our Facebook page, or in person at Mill Creek. We take that information, along with reports from trail patrols, to get a picture of conditions so we can advise people when they ask us.
That being said, we are not always aware of conditions everywhere in the mountains, and I always try not to make guesses that will affect the safety of people planning to go somewhere that I am uncertain about. I’d rather tell someone that I don’t know, and that they should plan to take more water than they need rather than send them somewhere dangerously unprepared.
I personally always take more water with me than I use, because I’d rather dump it later than be stuck without enough.
Again, we really appreciate your first hand knowledge and will make good use of it.
As always, have fun, but be safe out there everyone!
Mill Creek SGWA Volunteer
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