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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.
  • 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 04/11/21 Good-sized clear pools of water but nothing flowing (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Jennifer S.)
Coon Hunter's Creek along Wagon Road No 05/20/21 Dry. (Reported by Sue V702)
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 09/04/21

Dry. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)

Coyote Creek - East Fork at Bear Mtn Rd No 09/04/21

Dry. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)

Coyote Creek - East Fork at Los Cruzeros No 09/04/21

Dry.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)

Coyote Creek - East Fork at Schafer Corral Trail No 09/04/21

Dry. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)

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 No 09/11/21 Small pool remains just upstream, could last a couple of more weeks. Decaying leaves and debris in the water. After filtering, water is clear, no smell or pond taste. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720) 
Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Hobbs Road No 09/11/21

Dry. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)

Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Skeels Meadow No 06/26/21 Few clear pools remain. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
Coyote Creek - Little Fork at Flat Frog Trail No 08/14/21 Dry. No pools. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Steve V797)
Coyote Creek - Little Fork at Fish Trail No 08/14/21 Dry. No pools. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Steve V797) Photo 03/10/19  by Eric V780
0 MiddleForkPoverty Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Poverty Flat No 09/04/21
Dry. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)

Coyote Creek at China Hole

No 09/04/21

Still has water, about 3 feet at the deepest spot. Water looks pretty clear, no strong smell. Large and small fishes in the pool. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)

Coyote Creek near GYHS Bridge No 05/31/21 Some pools.  (Report by Sue V702)  Photo 04/13/13 by V708.
Grizzly Gulch - Lower Falls No  01/09/20 No trail access; visit at your own risk. (Report by Paul V708) Photo 01/02/11 by V708.
Grizzly Gulch - Upper Falls No 01/09/20 No trail access; visit at your own risk. (Report by Paul V708) Photo 01/02/11 by Brian W.
Grizzly Gulch Creek at 1st ford on Grizzly Gulch Trail No 02/06/20 Very gentle flow this day.  (Report 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 No 07/02/21 Dry. (Reported by Sue V702)  Photo 04/14/12
Hunting Hollow Creek at 3rd ford up from Parking Lot No 07/02/21 Some pools around. (Reported by Sue V702)  Photo 01/08/16
Hunting Hollow Creek - upstream near Wagon Road No 07/02/21 Dry. (Reported by Sue V702)
Kelly Cabin Creek at Coit Road No 07/23/21 Dry. (Reported by Sue V702)
Kelly Cabin Creek at Los Cruzeros No 01/11/20 Water flowing and clear, though a bit low for this time of year. Small spring-fed pool ~ 1/4 mile upstream from Mahoney Meadows Road ford alway has water. Located at 37.172233, -121.479583.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Chris V837) Photo 10/12/13 by V708.
Mississippi Creek at Coit Road No 07/16/20 Dry. (Report by Paul V708)
Orestimba Creek north of Rooster Comb Ranch boundary No 04/13/21 Orestimba Creek was mostly dry between Robison and Red Creeks. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Scott F.) Photo 04/12/14 by V708.
Orestimba Creek at Long Ridge Road No 05/14/21 Clear pool on the edge of the dry creek bed. 15 feet deep, 15 feet long. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Chad S.)
Orestimba Creek at Mustang Pond Trail Yes 05/14/21 Lots of water in the creek. Looks to be flowing a little. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Chad S.)
Pacheco Creek at Coit Road No 04/30/21 Starting at the junction of Heritage and Pacheco creek trail downstream to the junction with Dog trail - few shallow green pools remain, might last couple more weeks. Dry at the junction of Rat Springs Trail. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)  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 Yes 04/03/21 Flowing and 1-2 inches deep. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Dennis V801)
Pacheco Creek at Hole in the Rock Yes  04/03/21 Very light flow.  Water clear.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Dennis V801) Photo 08/24/14 by Connie A-S.
Pacheco Creek at Kaiser Aetna Road No 06/04/21 One large usable pool on the east side of the culvert. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Steve V797) Photo 06/14/14 by V708.
Pacheco Creek along North Fork Trail No 07/20/20 Few pools remain and are beginning to become cloudy green. (Reported  by Sue V702)  Photo 08/24/14 by Connie A-S.
Pinto Creek Falls No 04/25/21 Also known as "Barry's Bathtub". Pinto creek is dry at the Robison creek junction, not sure about the falls. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by John V826).

Red Creek at Chaparral Trail 

No 07/31/21 Dry. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)

Red Creek at Robison Creek Trail 

No 07/31/21 Dry. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
Robison Creek Falls No 04/25/21 Robison creek north to Pinto creek has standing pools of clear water. Robison creek near Robison Falls is flowing, Note: falls are hard to see from Robison Creek Trail. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by John V826)
Soda Springs Canyon Creek No 07/31/21

Dry. One tiny pool near large fallen bay tree (the one you go under).(Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720) Photo 11/26/17 by Elena V720

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