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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 06/12/21

Just upstream from Arnold camp: large pool remain, will last likely 2-3 weeks. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)

Coyote Creek - East Fork at Bear Mtn Rd No 05/29/21

East fork at the junction with little long canyon - few pools remain. East fork along bear mountain road: few large pools remain, some may last for another month. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)

Coyote Creek - East Fork at Los Cruzeros No 06/12/21 One small pool remains.The narrows: few small pools remain. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
Coyote Creek - East Fork at Schafer Corral Trail No 06/12/21

Few shallow pools remain, will likely last a week, maximum two. (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 Yes 05/21/21 Adequate flow as a water source, several pools deeper than 1 ft. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Steve V797) 
Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Hobbs Road Yes 05/21/21

Adequate flow as a water source, plenty of small pools at least 6” deep. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Steve V797)

Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Skeels Meadow Yes 04/14/21 Flowing well with a couple large pools. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Dennis V801)
Coyote Creek - Little Fork at Flat Frog Trail No 05/21/21 Usable pool upstream of Hobbs Road. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Steve V797)
Coyote Creek - Little Fork at Fish Trail Yes 03/28/21 10 L/min. at one of three cascades. Pools over 1’ deep. (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 06/12/21 Many pools remain. (Posted by Sue V702 as report by Elena V720)

Coyote Creek at China Hole

Yes 06/12/21

Middle Fork just upstream from China hole: gentle flow, clear. China hole: deep pool remains. (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 Yes 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 Yes 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 Yes 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 05/24/21 Dry. (Reported by Sue V702)  Photo 04/14/12
Hunting Hollow Creek at 3rd ford up from Parking Lot No 05/24/21 Some pools around. (Reported by Sue V702)  Photo 01/08/16
Hunting Hollow Creek - upstream near Wagon Road No 05/24/21 Dry. (Reported by Sue V702)
Kelly Cabin Creek at Coit Road Yes 05/20/21 A few small pools available to pull water from between Kelly Lake and the upper Cross Canyon Trail crossing but they will be gone very soon. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Dennis V801)
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 04/25/21 Pools of water start around 37.23999, -121.41476 and continue north. They are up to a foot deep. Pools of water end around 37.23092, -121.40545, but continue south along the creek. A few pools of water in red creek at location 37.25147, -121.42467. They extend for 20 or 30 feet. 100 feet or less below the trail.  Several small, clear pools at location 37.26182, -121.43102. They are roughly 5 or 6 inches deep. Water upstream of Hatch as well. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Chad S.)

Red Creek at Robison Creek Trail 

No 04/25/21 Pools of water start around 37.23999, -121.41476 and continue north. They are up to a foot deep. Pools of water end around 37.23092, -121.40545, but continue south along the creek. A few pools of water in red creek at location 37.25147, -121.42467. They extend for 20 or 30 feet. 100 feet or less below the trail.  Several small, clear pools at location 37.26182, -121.43102. They are roughly 5 or 6 inches deep.Water upstream of Hatch as well. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Chad S.)
Robison Creek Falls Yes 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 Yes 05/23/21

Soda Springs Creek from Middle Fork to Madrone - Flowing, water is clear. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720) Photo 11/26/17 by Elena V720

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