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Old 03-06-13, 12:27 PM   #1
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Crystal Lake Spring Water

Is the water from the running spring before Crystal Lake safe to drink?
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Old 03-06-13, 12:33 PM   #2
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There have been plenty of debates on this forum about that water. In a nut shell, some say yes and some say no.

First time I rode up to Crystal Lake with Hillbasher, I was nearly out of water. HB is an experienced hiker that frequents the local mountains. He suggested I give it a try. I was hesitant but damn that water is good. I drank it without any problems.
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There is no need to take the chance. As of last fall, there was a working water fountain at the campground on the way up. The campground is on the left, 5.3 miles after the West Fork Bridge. About .3 mile before the campground there will be a big parking area on the left and a big orange gate that can close the road (but is open). After that gate you'll have a slight downhill and the campground is on your left. I filled up there many times last year, but I haven't been up 39 since November.
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Thanks for both feedbacks. I'm not familiar with this campground. The only campgrounds I recall on the route are the ones after the 4x4 off road lot. Is this campground you referring after the 3000' gates(closed when road to Crystal Lake was closed)?
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I don't recall the elevation near the gates. The campground is easy to miss because of the short downhill that precedes it and the desire to maximize one's momentum as the road curves right and climbs again.

Here is a google map. The starting point is the lot near the gate and the end point is the entrance to the campground. It is .3 mile.

http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=CA...1,0&sz=19&z=19

zoom in and out to orient yourself as to where this is on Hwy. 39
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^ Yup. Coldbrook Campground. Volunteers put that water in.

I drink the H2O from the spring. On the map below, it's at the hairpin turn with the structures (since burned down except the cabin nearest the road). Drink from the first spring, furthest away from the cabin.

The campground is on the bottom of the map too.

http://www.topoquest.com/map.php?lat...=zoomin&size=m

And on Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/acLjj
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Cool! I didn't know aobut he new water fountain.

I always remember that parking lot right after the big horse shoe turn. Also a litle restroom there at the parking lot.


The gate there that used to be closed.

The campground is right down at the bottom of that lefward turn


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I took another look at the google map I posted and I think the water fountain may be closer to the entrance of the first drive way, rather than the second driveway as I indicated on the map. It doesn't really matter though since it loops around.
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Cool! I didn't know aobut he new water fountain.

I always remember that parking lot right after the big horse shoe turn. Also a litle restroom there at the parking lot.
The trailhead to Bear Creek, site of my first backpacking trip ... which kicked my arse.
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The trailhead to Bear Creek, site of my first backpacking trip ... which kicked my arse.
Yes, at that point we stop then Hillbasher picks out a few trails and tells tales of yesteryears. My father was nothing close to an outdoors men so it's amazing to me to think stuff is up there. I always thought the mountains were just trees and bushes. We rode to the end of West Fork too. A lake and dam? Where the heck did all this stuff come from?
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We rode to the end of West Fork too. A lake and dam? Where the heck did all this stuff come from?
How did you like that climb up to the damn dam?
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How did you like that climb up to the damn dam?
True, that last bit, just before the dam; certainly steep enough to get your attention! Lovely views from up there too.

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How did you like that climb up to the damn dam?
Very slowly, it's steep!


We did it in August. Went up GMR, across East Fork, 39 to West Fork up to the damn dam. It was pretty hot so when we got to the top, we were both like this for a few minutes .

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Old 03-07-13, 02:37 PM   #14
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Is the water from the running spring before Crystal Lake safe to drink?
Many of us have been drinking from the spring for years.
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...... I drank it without any problems.
Are you sure about that Mr. Beanz? Your boobs looked bigger since the last time we rode together!
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Are you sure about that Mr. Beanz? Your boobs looked bigger since the last time we rode together!
..and dude, what's up with the elephant leg comments?


.........and just think, I edited your visible "crack thru the white shorts" video footage for you.
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I've thought about getting a portable filter type bottle for this type of situation - although it sounds like most people find the water to be safe (I'd hate to find out half way back to the car though)

http://shop.no-rad-zone.com/Sport-Be...FY9AMgodQz4ALg

or

http://www.amazon.com/ECOFLO-Portabl.../dp/B0019AEHM2

may work
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..and dude, what's up with the elephant leg comments?


.........and just think, I edited your visible "crack thru the white shorts" video footage for you.
Please don't re edit! Yikes! Seriously, your legs got muscly big! Calves of steel hombre!
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Calves of steel hombre!
Ah OK! Not sure what you meant by the elephant leg comment. I shirley don't want Mike Jackson's kids trying to buy my legs when I die!
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I've had water from that spring once before. It was clean tasting and nice and cool. Didn't even get the runs or anything. Seriously though it was very good.
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the spring is cold, tasty, actualy one of the best stops on the climb
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