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.
  • On long hikes, be sure to take plenty of water.
  • On warm days, take more water than you think you'll need.
  • Consider recent weather conditions.
  • Don't rely on one observation about water availability.
  • Check with park staff for the latest information.
  • Consider alternate water sources as a backup.
  • Purify all backcountry water that you intend to consume.
  • Even when purified, consume at your own risk.
  • Bury human waste and wash dishes at least 100 feet from streams, lakes, and springs.
  • Water observations are collected by park staff, park volunteers and park visitors.
  • Dates are highlighted if information is more than 90 days old.
  • For more information see Water Resources in Coe Park.
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Site Flowing Report Date Comments
Canada de la Dormida at the bottom of Vasquez Trail No 08/24/19 One very small clear pool. Won't last too long. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Chris V837)
Coon Hunter's Creek along Wagon Road No 11/12/19 Dry. (Report by Paul V708)
USGS Coyote Creek Gauge Station See Flow Chart 7 day selected This gauging 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 Gauge Height Chart.
Coyote Creek - East Fork at Arnold Camp No 07/07/19 Plenty of water in the creek but the trough near the building is only half full and not flowing. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
Coyote Creek - East Fork at Bear Mtn Rd Yes 07/12/19 Park visitor Harmut W reports a little flow starting at Water Gulch. (Posted by Paul V708)
Coyote Creek - East Fork at Los Cruzeros No 11/09/19 No flow. Many large pools all the way between Los Cruzeros and China Hole.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
Coyote Creek - East Fork at Schafer Corral Trail No 07/07/19 No flow, various pools of (only filter from as a last resort) water. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Mike V806)
Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Mexican Flat Yes 11/03/19

Many deep clear pools, gentle flow in places. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)

Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Upper Camp Yes 11/03/19 Large deep clear pools. Gentle flow at places. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720) 
Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Hobbs Road No 11/09/19 Many pools remain. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Skeels Meadow Yes 08/04/19 2 fairly good pools; one upstream from the flat with the camps and one downstream at the boundary of the private inholding. . (Reports by Elena V720 & Paul V708)
Coyote Creek - Little Fork at Flat Frog Trail No 10/01/19 Dry. (Report by Paul V708)
Coyote Creek - Little Fork at Fish Trail Yes 03/10/19 Have to rock hop. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Eric V780) Photo 03/10/19  by Eric V780
0 MiddleForkPoverty Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Poverty Flat No 09/29/19

Dry. A pool of murky water remains by site #1 but not recommened. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)

Coyote Creek at China Hole

No 11/09/19

Many large pools all the way between Los Cruzeros and China Hole. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)

Coyote Creek near GYHS Bridge No 11/01/19 Occasional water in deeper pools.  (Report by Paul V708)  Photo 04/13/13 by V708.
Grizzly Gulch - Lower Falls Yes 01/21/19 No trail access; visit at your own risk. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Sam P.) Photo 01/02/11 by V708.
Grizzly Gulch - Upper Falls Yes 01/21/19 No trail access; visit at your own risk. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Sam P.) Photo 01/02/11 by Brian W.
Grizzly Gulch Creek at 1st ford on Grizzly Gulch Trail No 11/02/19 Dry.  (Report by Chris V837) 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 08/02/19 There is no visible flow at any crossing but there still are some pools. They will dry up quickly though. (Reported by Sue V702) Photo 04/14/12
Hunting Hollow Creek at 3rd ford up from Parking Lot No 08/02/19 There is no visible flow at any crossing but there still are some pools. They will dry up quickly though. (Reported by Sue V702) Photo 01/08/16
Hunting Hollow Creek - upstream near Wagon Road No 11/12/19 There is no visible flow at any crossings.  (Report by Paul V708)
Kelly Cabin Creek at Coit Road Yes 11/09/19 Kelly Lake is being partially drained for maintenance so there is light flow, unusual for this time of the year. There also some pools of water in the canyon. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Chris V837)
Kelly Cabin Creek at Los Cruzeros No 10/25/18 Small spring-fed pool ~ 1/4 mile upstream from Mahoney Meadows Road ford alway has water. The rest of the creek is completely dry. Located at 37.172233, -121.479583.  (Reported by Mike V806) Photo 10/12/13 by V708.
Mississippi Creek at Coit Road No 11/12/19 Dry. (Report by Paul V708.)
Orestimba Creek north of Rooster Comb Ranch boundary Yes 06/28/19 Park visitor Hartmut W reports little flow and many pools (Posted by Paul V708) Photo 04/12/14 by V708.
Pacheco Creek at Coit Road No 11/12/19 Dry. (Report by Paul V708)  Archival photo.
Pacheco Creek at Pacheco Falls Yes 06/21/19 Barely a trickle. (Posted by Sue as reported by visitor Alex M.) Photo 10/12/13 by V708.
Pacheco Creek at Walsh Trail No 07/25/19 Dry.  (Reported by Sue V702)
Pacheco Creek at Hole in the Rock No  11/12/19 Pool remains but is down about 7 feet.  (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 08/24/14 by Connie A-S.
Pacheco Creek at Kaiser Aetna Road No 11/12/19 Pool remains. (Report by Paul V708) Photo 06/14/14 by V708.
Pacheco Creek along North Fork Trail No 07/30/19 Pools remain but are beginning to become cloudy green. (Reported  by Sue V702)  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 Chaparral Trail 

No 06/28/19 Dry. (Posted by Paul V708 as reported by visitor Hartmut W.)

Red Creek at Robison Creek Trail 

No 06/28/19 Dry. (Posted by Paul V708 as reported by visitor Hartmut W.)
Robison Creek Falls Yes 06/28/19 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 No 10/13/19 A few clear pools remain. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720) Photo 11/26/17 by Elena V720

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