by JHH60 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:38 pm
by norco17 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:21 am
by JHH60 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:50 am
by Enkidu » Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:15 am
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.
by lcarreau » Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:17 am
by JHH60 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:28 pm
lcarreau wrote:Oh, come on .... Bear Grylls wouldn't mind a little bit of bird guano !!!
by jareds » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:56 pm
by JHH60 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:24 pm
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.
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