Silty water filtration


Aug 19, 2016
I'm going to the Escalante next month and being a water snob, I am interested in what methods folks use to filter, treat, or otherwise manage water supplies from silty sources.


Brendan S

Mar 19, 2016
Escalante area water is generally quite clear if you can stick mostly to side canyons and potholes, which is generally pretty easy. The exception is after storms. I use a steripen and never prefilter. +1 on just taking a bandana to prefilter if you're worried about it.


ephemeral excursionist
Jan 17, 2012
Alum! Just learned this technique. You can find video's on youtube. Basically a small amount of alum will coat the particles in the water causing them to flocculate and drop to the bottom. Then you skim off the top water and run through your filter.

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Wyatt Carson

Desert Vagabond
Apr 15, 2015
We have been able to find strong seeps in various places and just get our filtered water straight from them. There is such a seep a bit further downstream from Jacob Hamilin's arch of the left side as you go downstream. It is easy to reach, no climbing.

After clogging my MSR filter up on Indian Creek before filtering even one gallon, we found a side canyon and climbed a 30' scree pile and took water from a high seep there. There were some clear potholes up that canyon too. Other times when springs are dry we have done like others and tried to find the clearest potholes but the silt in that area is so fine that filters don't last long before they clog unless the water is very settled.
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