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Need most recent info on Hackberry Springs Trail and Water

Posted: Jan 30 2006 10:56 am
by Winnie Y Chin
Does anyone know the latest condition of the Hackberry Springs trail and is there any water there? I'm trying to get info ready asap for a group hike this coming weekend...


Posted: Jan 30 2006 11:14 am
by joebartels
hi winnie

If nobody replies soon you might consider sendind a PM to llwolff or Silver Fox as they're triplogs indicate they've been there recently.

Hackberry Spring

Posted: Jan 30 2006 11:59 am
by AZHikr4444
Looks like Brittany was just there this weekend coming in from GV. Might check her triplog under Garden Valley.

Posted: Jan 30 2006 12:15 pm
by joebartels
Brittany wrote:there was actually water, but it had been stagnant for so long it smelled

Posted: Jan 30 2006 1:21 pm
by llwolff
There was a small amount coming out of the pipe when we were there. You could collect it - one other group was doing just that when we were there.

Posted: Jan 30 2006 3:00 pm
by mttgilbert
I was there last weekend and there was as much water there as there ever is. The pipe that was mentioned comes out of a pool wich collects from the same source. Hackberry is one of the only springs that reliably has water all year long in the northern supes. As such it is the primary watering hole for a lot of wildlife; tread lightly! The water from the pipe is drinkable without filtering or treating (although I still filter or treat it) and the water from the pool should be treated no matter what. The "stagnant" smell comes from the fact that there is water there all year long, the only water that is lost from the spring is lost through evaporation, there is virtually no runnoff. In any event, the water conditions there are as good as can be expected.

When I was there last someone had put up a bunch of reflectors on the canyon walls (like the ones you might have on your bike). They were glued to the rock with what looked like liquid nails. There were about five of them. I can't imagine why someone would put them up...

Posted: Jan 30 2006 8:03 pm
by Nighthiker
Quite a popular place, one of my favorites for nighthiking. Not much flow right now though.

Posted: Jan 31 2006 8:34 am
by Winnie Y Chin
Hmmm...stagnant smelly water. Sounds great for a bunch of dogs instead of people. Oh well, I guess this one is probably better for a later date after a boatload of rain.

Thanks to all for your input,


Posted: Jan 31 2006 7:03 pm
by SuperstitionGuy
Yes, Winnie there is water there but it is not worth the risk.

This spring is visited almost every day by animals and questionable two legged ceatures as well. The Hackberry Springs area is very abused and can harbor lots of bad stuff you just don't want inside of you.

If you have to use it boil it or at least filter it.