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Water Conditions - Creeks


> After heavy rains many creeks are uncrossable. > Use extreme care when crossing creeks.
> By late spring most of the creeks are reduced to isolated pools. > Consider recent weather conditions.
> On long hikes, be sure to take plenty of water. > On warm days, take more water than you think you'll need.
> Don't rely on one observation about water availability. > Consider alternate water sources as a backup.
> Purify all backcountry water that you intend to consume. > Bury human waste and wash dishes at least 100 feet from streams, lakes, and springs.
> Even when purified, consume at your own risk. > Check with park staff for the latest information.
> Water observations are collected by park staff, park volunteers and park visitors. > Click here for Water Conditions - Lakes and Ponds.
>Dates are highlighted if information is more than 90 days old. > Click here for Water Conditions - Springs.
> Click here for Trail Conditions.
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Site Flowing Report Date Comments
Canada de la Dormida at the bottom of Vasquez Trail No 08/19/17 Very remote pools. (Reported by Paul V708)
Coon Hunter's Creek along Wagon Road No 08/25/17 Very remote pools. (Reported by Paul V708)
USGS Coyote Creek Gage Station

See Flow Chart

7 day selected This gage station is located on the Coyote Creek approximately 2 miles downstream of Coe Park's Hunting Hollow entrance. It gives a good over-all impression of stream flow in the Park but be aware there is a time lag for storm events due to the distances involved. See the Grizzly Gulch Creek report below for more on relative values.  Clicking on USGS Coyote Creek will take you to the USGS page. Also see the Gage Height Chart.
Coyote Creek - East Fork at Arnold Camp No 08/06/17 Dry. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
Coyote Creek - East Fork at Los Cruzeros Yes 12/29/17 Park visitor Michael T reports "slow flow but decent drinking water". (Posted by Paul V708) Photo 10/13/12 by V708.
Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Mexican Flat No 08/30/16 Barely flowing.(Reported by Paul V708)
Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Upper Camp No 08/12/17 A nice deep pool near Upper Camp. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Heather V715) 
0_070817mfhobbs Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Hobbs Road Yes 12/10/17 Flowing with many deep clear pools. (Reported by Elena V720)
Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Skeels Meadow No 08/12/17 Pools in teh creek at Skeels Meadow. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Heather V715)
Coyote Creek - Little Fork at Flat Frog Trail Yes 12/10/17 Trickling, but moving. (Reported by Elena V720)
Coyote Creek - Little Fork at Fish Trail Yes 12/03/17 Has many clear pools, gently flowing. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720) Photo 02/17/15 by Heather V715
Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Poverty Flat Yes 12/29/17

Park visitor Michael T reports "slow flow but plenty of good drinking water".  (Posted by Paul V708)

Coyote Creek at China Hole

Yes 01/13/18

 

Moderate flow and nice and clear. (Reported by Paul V708)


Coyote Creek near GYHS Bridge Yes 01/11/18 Moderate flow; water clear. (Reported by Paul V708)  Photo 04/13/13 by V708.
Grizzly Gulch - Lower Falls Yes 01/11/18 No trail access; visit at your own risk. (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 01/02/11 by V708.
Grizzly Gulch - Upper Falls Yes 01/11/18 No trail access; visit at your own risk. (Posted by Paul V708) Photo 01/02/11 by Brian W.
Grizzly Gulch Creek at 1st ford on Grizzly Gulch Trail Yes 01/11/18 Light flow and clear water.  Note: May be impassable at high water flows. (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 01/02/11 by V708.  For reference, when this photo was taken the flow in the Coyote Creek downstream at the USGS gage station was approx. 800 cubic feet per second and the gage height was approx. 6.7 feet.
Hunting Hollow Creek at 1st ford past gate at HH Parking Lot Yes 01/10/18

The creek is now flowing. (Reported by Sue V702) Photo 04/14/12

0_010816hhcreek3 Hunting Hollow Creek at 3rd ford up from Parking Lot Yes 01/10/18

The creek is now flowing. (Reported by Sue V702) Photo 01/08/16

0_122815hhcreek Hunting Hollow Creek - upstream near Wagon Road Yes 01/10/18

The creek is now flowing. (Reported by Sue V702)

Kelly Cabin Creek at Coit Road No 11/02/17 Dry. (Reported by Paul V708)
Kelly Cabin Creek at Los Cruzeros Yes 10/14/17 Small spring-fed pool ~ 1/4 mile upstream from Mahoney Meadows Road ford. (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 10/12/13 by V708.
Mississippi Creek at Coit Road No 01/01/18 Occasional pools. (Reported by Paul V708)
Orestimba Creek north of Rooster Comb Ranch boundary No 12/29/17

Park visitor Michael T reports "Orestimba Creek is dry". (Posted by Paul V708) Photo 04/12/14 by V708.

Pacheco Creek at Coit Road No 11/02/17 Dry. (Reported by Paul V708)  Archival photo.
Pacheco Creek at Pacheco Falls Yes 03/15/17 (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 10/12/13 by V708.
Pacheco Creek at Walsh Trail No 09/07/15 Dry but if you know where to dig a little water can be found. (Posted by Paul V708)
Pacheco Creek at Hole in the Rock Yes 01/05/18 Stream flowing in at about 1 gallon per minute. (Reported by Larry V785 and posted by Sue V702) Photo 08/24/14 by Connie A-S.
Pacheco Creek at Kaiser Aetna Road No 01/02/18 No flow, pool about 1/3 full. (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 06/14/14 by V708.
Pacheco Creek along North Fork Trail No 10/01/17 A few pools remain. (Posted by Paul V708) Photo 08/24/14 by Connie A-S.
Pinto Creek Falls No 09/05/16 Also known as "Barry's Bathtub". Park visitor Manfred K reports creek is not flowing. (Posted by Paul V708).

Red Creek at Robison Creek Trail 

Yes 07/01/17  Park visitor Harmut W reports flow where water surfaces. (Posted by Paul V708)
Robison Creek Falls Yes 07/01/17 Park visitor Hartmut W reports flowing from falls and downstream.  Note: falls are hard to see from Robison Creek Trail. (Posted by Paul V708)
Soda Springs Canyon Creek Yes 01/13/18 Flowing past Madrone Soda Springs all the way down to the Coyote Creek. (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 11/26/17 by Elena V820