Indian Head and Twin overnight this weekend. Water Report

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Indian Head and Twin overnight this weekend. Water Report

New postby srabadan » Tue Aug 11, 2015 5:13 pm

Hi Everybody, first post.

My buddy and I are looking to do an overnight this weekend on a Twin and Indian Head loop.

We got stuck without water about this time last year, I was hoping someone has done this hike in the last few days and could tell me if there are any water sources in the mountains for us. I really don't like humping two days worth of water up those hills.

Any help you can give us would be appreciated!

Thanks everyone.
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Re: Indian Head and Twin overnight this weekend. Water Report

New postby kennykb » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:59 am

We've had a lot of rain the last day or two, and it's been a wet summer, so I don't expect any problems with normally available water sources. Having the springs run dry has not been an issue this year!

Nevertheless, the section you're talking about is waterless. After the spring and creek by Devil's Kitchen lean-to, there are no water sources anywhere near the Devil's Path until you come to Mink Hollow, except that in wet weather the trail on the west side of Sugarloaf is a stream. The stream in Jimmy Dolan Notch should be running, but you have to climb down a long way to get to it. The one on Pecoy Notch, if you're planning to do that side of Twin, never fails, but it's an even longer climb down. (Treat all the water in Pecoy Notch. There are beavers and muskrat everywhere.)

If I were doing those as a loop, I'd probably do both of them on the same day, and camp at one of the sites up the unmarked trail behind the Devil's Kitchen lean-to. Or if I were feeling up to it, I'd just hump the water up to Jimmy Dolan Notch and camp at one of the dry campsites near the overlook.
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