Pacific Crest Trail Water Reports
Southern California

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All disclaimers apply. Information may not be accurate, and probably isn't. Hike your own hike. Since I'm not you, what you do is your business, and what goes wrong is no one's problem but your own.

Updates: The best way to send an email to "water" at the "4Jeffrey.Net". You can also post is to PCT-L. Water reports are compiled from posts to the PCT-L, on-line trail journals, and other on-the-ground reports.
Natural water sources in Southern California can change quickly. Reports are only as accurate as the last report.

To print these pages, I recommend changing your margins to zero on all four sides, and making the font size the smallest. In Internet Explorer 7 the margins are under File->Page Setup and the font size under Page->Text Size.

Mile points: Map pages are from the PCT guidebook available from the Pacific Crest Trail Association. See this book for details on how to locate the water sources listed here and others. Some sources are not in the guidebooks; in those cases directions to the water have been given where available.
Miles are from the southern end of the PCT at the Mexican Border. The Location will mention if the water source if off trail by a note such as (0.8 m NW). Mileages agree with the 2005 Data Book and may differ from the older 2000 Data Book by up to 5 miles.
Some Reports simply state "Town" or mention some other manmade facility. Some of these locations may be closed with no water available when you visit.

Water quality None of these water sources has been tested for water quality and safe consumption, except (presumably) those with standard drinking fountains. Treat the water using an approved method, or don't - but don't blame anyone but yourself if you get sick. In 2009 several reports were received of dead critters in several water tanks and source springs - since the trail is in critter habitat, assume they could be in any open water source. Water may also smell funny, be clear, green, yellow, brown, red, black, or some combination thereof, or have a funny shine to it. Much of Southern California is DESERT, so be thankful for the water you find, or treat it, or stay home and read on-line trail journals.

Water caches listed should not be relied on. If there is water at a cache, please take only enough to get you to the next water supply and do not waste water. Caches listed are described in general terms, but, if present, should be easily found by northbound hikers. Generally only well established caches are listed, but there could be other water caches besides these, which may or may not be maintained. Caches listed in "location" column are more established than those listed in "report" column.
Please keep the caches clean and neat. If the cache is in containers smaller than gallons, please take the container with you. Most caches with gallon or larger containers are restocked by reusing the bottles, but if a note says to take the empty please do so. Otherwise, tie up empty bottles so they won't blow away, and out of sight as much as possible. Do not leave trash at the caches - the cachers have enough to do without cleaning up trash, and trash attracts critters and more trash. Thank the cachers, and don't criticize them if the cache is empty when you get there - they don't have to do this for you!

Mind Your Manners: A big THANK YOU to all the trail angels for supporting the hikers and providing water information here. Please be respectful when in town, not everyone appreciates smelly sweaty trail trash. Be courteous to businesses who cater to us, or a least tolerate us, and don't expect any special favors just because you are having the adventure of a lifetime.

This page last updated 3/12/10 . Other water report pages may have been updated later.

John 4:13-14