Weminuche Creek water quality

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Weminuche Creek water quality

Postby oldschoolczar » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:56 pm

I know there's some issues with heavy metals in this area.. does anyone know if the water from Wetterhorn Creek and the Weminuche Pass area in general is safe to drink?
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Re: Wetterhorn Creek water quality

Postby Aug_Dog » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:32 pm

I can't say whether it safe or not, but I remember looking at it and thinking, "no way I would drink that water." But, to each his own ...
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Re: Wetterhorn Creek water quality

Postby Gareth » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:42 pm

Nine years ago I drank water out of the creek at Weminuche Pass (near Rio Grande Pyramid) and I'm still alive.
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Re: Wetterhorn Creek water quality

Postby jeremy27 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:43 pm

For whatever reasons I can't seem to post the direct links but search the forum for a post called "Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn Logistics" and post called "Uncompahgre wilderness water"
should answer your questions.
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Re: Wetterhorn Creek water quality

Postby Fisching » Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:08 pm

Camp Gladiator was there last year, so that might be the bigger concern to water quality.
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Re: Wetterhorn Creek water quality

Postby San Juan Ron » Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:08 pm

The water at Weminuche Pass is fine as is most of the water in the area. However, there are a couple of creeks around Wetterhorn that are laced with heavy minerals and you might want to avoid those creeks. I have drank from those creeks and not had any problems, but wouldn't recommend it unless you didn't have any alternatives. SJ Ron :)
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Re: Wetterhorn Creek water quality

Postby screeman57 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:26 pm

You can tell if the water's bad by the rock discoloration around the streambed. There was a good thread on this last year:

http://14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=35703
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Re: Wetterhorn Creek water quality

Postby Roald » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:27 pm

Fisching wrote:Camp Gladiator was there last year, so that might be the bigger concern to water quality.



While filtering water I saw something float by and I figured maybe someone had accidentally dropped a Baby Ruth in the creek. Forgot about the CG visit, now I know what it really was.
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Re: Wetterhorn Creek water quality

Postby oldschoolczar » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:26 pm

Oh.. I meant Weminuche Creek, not Wetterhorn :oops: I'd seen that thread before, very interesting!
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Re: Weminuche Creek water quality

Postby gdthomas » Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:00 am

The water in Weminuche Creek is fine as mountain streams go. I'd still use a purifier, filter, etc., however.

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