by talusfinder » Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:46 pm
by jfrishmanIII » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:43 am
by Bubba Suess » Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:37 pm
by jfrishmanIII » Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:52 pm
Date: Mar 12, 2010
Contact(s): Annette Grijalva-Disert
Mimbres, NM - Melting snowpack on the Gila National Forest is resulting in very high water levels on the Gila River. This high water flow is creating extremely dangerous conditions for recreationists attempting river crossings. The Gila River is deep and the water is cold and running very swift.
Until conditions improve, the Wilderness Ranger District of the Gila National Forest is discouraging recreationists from traveling on any trails that involve river crossings or from backpacking into higher elevations where heavy snowpack still remains. Challenging and difficult backpacking conditions exist for all high-elevation trails including trails along the Middle Fork, West Fork, and the main Gila River.
As of March 8, 3:00 pm, the USGS reported the Gila River flow levels at 1170 CFS (cubic feet per second) or 4.1 feet in depth. One hundred seventeen (117) inches of snow was also reported at Whitewater Baldy (elevation 10,895 ft.) located in the Gila Wilderness and 40 inches at McKnight Mountain (elevation 9,240 ft.) in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness.
As warmer temperatures and warmer rains occur on the Forest, the melting snowpack will continue to cause river levels to increase even more with possible flooding conditions. Recreationists are asked to obtain weather forecasts and information on road conditions prior to traveling into the Forest.
The Gila River flow data can be found at the following website: waterdata.usgs.gov/nm/nwis.
Road Advisory Hotline: 1 800/ 432-4269
For more information, please call the Wilderness Ranger District at (575) 536-2250.
by jfrishmanIII » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:16 pm
by talusfinder » Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:40 am
by Bubba Suess » Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:44 am
talusfinder wrote:Thanks for the info. Hmmm... Still not sure what to do. Definitely don't want to deal with snow or snowmelt runoff. I've had enough sketchy river crossings for one lifetime. Hate em...
by jfrishmanIII » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:45 am
Where will you put in and take out?
Have you ever done any of the rivers up here in northern CA?
Hmmm... Still not sure what to do.
by Dan Shorb » Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:19 am
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