JHH60 wrote: But they also said that their water report on the creek indicated high levels of nitrates in the water, presumably from livestock in farms upstream, and/or from runoff of bird guano from a state road that runs upstream, and didn't advise drinking it even if treated.
lcarreau wrote:Oh, come on .... Bear Grylls wouldn't mind a little bit of bird guano !!!
jareds wrote:I hiked/ran that trail last month (in a day!), much of it between Castle Rock and Big Basin is along roads etc. don't recall seeing much running water.
From BB to the end(mile 20-32) is along a stream, i probably would have drank it if I had a filter. Wouldn't drink it straight as the area is really developed overall.
(FWIW I'm generally pretty loose about water, i'll drink from a creek if I think it might be fine...)
I'd suggest packing most of a day's water on each 10-mile day and then planning on running dry at like mile 7 or so. There was ample water at BB(a store! gatorade!) and the campground in between had a spigot as I recall. You're not gonna get lost on that trail - worst case is you get injured, you're only a few hours from help at most.
I think you have the wrong photo - that's Bear Gollum...
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