- Aug 9, 2007
What's going on in the west?!
unless things change, it's getting to the point where spring backpacks are maybe in doubt. gonna make doubly sure to be carrying enough water to make it back to a known-good source this spring.Much of the lower Colorado Basin hasn't seen measurable rainfall in something like 8 months. Things are... not ideal.
There had been worse..... One winter when my daughter worked at old faithful.... Snow coaches couldn't travel the loop for tours for half the winter......This is the lowest snowpack I ever experienced in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. And last summer was already super hot and dry.
I fear the worst for this summer.
La Nina sucks big time
Dang, that's bad!unless things change, it's getting to the point where spring backpacks are maybe in doubt. gonna make doubly sure to be carrying enough water to make it back to a known-good source this spring.
was sure not happy to get to Boulder Creek last fall and find it bone dry.... this unfortunate trend may be continuing. yay for car camping?
it was running below where (ironically!) Dry Hollow comes in. luckily we persevered to that point, we nearly bailed on what turned out to be a very nice backpack!Dang, that's bad!
I actually haven't been in Boulder Creek personally (shameful!), but it's definitely something that changes over time. A specific example is Courthouse Wash in Arches - a couple of decades it was apparently a super pleasant walk, whereas it's a brushy mess now (at least in places). I guess there haven't been any flash floods in that particular canyon in recent years to clear out the undergrowth. I'm sure you've seen canyons change over the years as well!it was running below where (ironically!) Dry Hollow comes in. luckily we persevered to that point, we nearly bailed on what turned out to be a very nice backpack!
I gotta say, though, that one of the Allen books makes Boulder Creek seem like a really pleasant walk when really it's a pretty gnarly brush thrash.
yeah I have no reason to doubt the guy, but those books are like 20 years old now. another example is he says there's nice camping at the boulder/deer creek confluence and all we saw was near-impenetrable brush at that specific site.In the Escalante, the same thing is true in Twentyfive Mile Wash, which Allen makes sound like a picnic when it's pretty overgrown in spots. Given the quality of his info otherwise, I'm tempted to believe that he wasn't wrong when he wrote it, it's just changed since then.
yeah I have no reason to doubt the guy, but those books are like 20 years old now. another example is he says there's nice camping at the boulder/deer creek confluence and all we saw was near-impenetrable brush at that specific site.
so yeah definitely go there but, you know, don't plan for big mileage days
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