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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 07/01/18 A few shallow pools if you are desperate. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Mike V806)
Coon Hunter's Creek along Wagon Road No 08/28/18 No nearby 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 09/15/18 No pools in this vicinity.  Arnold Horse Camp has water. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Zachary)
Coyote Creek - East Fork at Bear Mtn Rd Yes 07/06/18 Park visitor Harmut W reports on small pool remaining. (Reported by Paul V708)
Coyote Creek - East Fork at Los Cruzeros No 10/01/18 Dry. (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 10/13/12 by V708.
Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Mexican Flat No 10/18/18 Creek dry near the camp. (Reported by Paul V708)
Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Upper Camp No 10/18/18 Several shallow pools near Upper Camp. (Reported by Paul V708) 
0_070817mfhobbs Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Hobbs Road No 10/18/18 Dry. (Reported by Paul V708)
Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Skeels Meadow No 10/18/18 2 fairly good pools; one upstream from the flat with the camps and one downstream at the boundary of the private inholding. Several small puddles inbetween. (Reported by Paul V708)
Coyote Creek - Little Fork at Flat Frog Trail No 10/18/18 Dry. (Reported by Paul V708)
Coyote Creek - Little Fork at Fish Trail No 06/10/18 Dry. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Cynthia V823) Photo 02/17/15 by Heather V715
Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Poverty Flat No 09/15/18

No pools in this vicinity. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Zachary)

Coyote Creek at China Hole

No 1013/18

 

Pool is about 3 feet deep.  (Reported by Paul V708)


Coyote Creek near GYHS Bridge No 10/01/18 No flow; very few pools remain. "Swimming Hole" by the old bridge has water.  (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 03/04/18 Flowing swifttly but can be crossed with care. Hiking sticks a plus.  Note: May be impassable at high water flows. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720) 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 No 07/20/18

Dry at this crossing. (Reported by Sue V702) Photo 04/14/12

0_010816hhcreek3 Hunting Hollow Creek at 3rd ford up from Parking Lot No 07/20/18

Dr at this crossing. A little water between crossing 4 and 5 but drying fast. (Reported by Sue V702) Photo 01/08/16

0_122815hhcreek Hunting Hollow Creek - upstream near Wagon Road No 07/20/18

Dry at this crossing. (Reported by Sue V702)

Kelly Cabin Creek at Coit Road No 09/29/18 Dry at crossing. (Reported by Paul V708)
Kelly Cabin Creek at Los Cruzeros No 07/17/18 Small spring-fed pool ~ 1/4 mile upstream from Mahoney Meadows Road ford alway has water. Several other pools nearby by drying up quickly. (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 10/12/13 by V708.
Mississippi Creek at Coit Road No 09/29/18 Dry at crossing. (Reported by Paul V708)
Orestimba Creek north of Rooster Comb Ranch boundary Yes 06/29/18

Park visitor Hartmut W reports flowing, creek surfaces again about 1 mile before the confluence with Robison Creek. Both creeks are flowing at the confluence Robison/Orestimba. (Posted by Paul V708) Photo 04/12/14 by V708.

Pacheco Creek at Coit Road No 09/29/18 Dry at crossing. (Reported by Paul V708)  Archival photo.
Pacheco Creek at Pacheco Falls Yes 06/29/18

Park visitor Harmut W reports small flow above the falls.  (Posted by Sue V702) Photo 10/12/13 by V708.

Pacheco Creek at Walsh Trail Yes 04/27/18 Light flow. Clear.  (Posted by Paul V708)
Pacheco Creek at Hole in the Rock No 08/23/18 No water coming over the falls; pool level is down about 3 feet. Many green sunfish present.  (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 08/24/14 by Connie A-S.
Pacheco Creek at Kaiser Aetna Road No 09/29/18 No flow, some water remains in pool atr base of culvert. (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 06/14/14 by V708.
Pacheco Creek along North Fork Trail No 07/06/18 No surface flow, many pools remain. (Reported  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 

No 06/29/18 Park visitor Harmut W reports dry/no flow. (Posted by Sue V702)
Robison Creek Falls Yes 06/29/18 Park visitor Hartmut W reports flowing from the trail crossing above the falls down to the confluence with Orestimba Creek.  Note: falls are hard to see from Robison Creek Trail. (Posted by Paul V708)
Soda Springs Canyon Creek Yes 07/01/18 Flowing. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720) Photo 11/26/17 by Elena V720