oleander wrote:My recent Tablelands trip had so many great slides, pools and water holes, many of them a surprise. In fact, I almost called it The Waterhole Trip on my Facebook.
So good to hear, Elizabeth! How recent was this (what dates)? Do you imagine it could have dried up by now in line with what @AlmostThere was reporting from previous years?
I tried to find rainfall history in the region but only found something for Hanford which report .37 inches (I think) total for July (most maybe right before your journey?)
Summarizing your excellent water findings, for community benefit, @oleander:
oleander wrote:1. Gorgeous water pools/slides at Mehrten Meadow and at Buck Creek.
2. Delicious watering hole on Elizabeth Pass trail near junctions to Hamilton Lake and Tamarack Lake)
3. Tamarack Lake itself was also great swimming place with great camping and solitude.
4. Excellent water hole right on EP trail at 9,200.
5. Excellent beach/swim at north end of Lonely Lake.
6. Lake 11,200 (which is the tiniest, highest lake due west of Big Bird Lake). More great swimming. Famous evening view of entire Great Western Divide in alpenglow at dusk.
7. Little-known lake with great swimming is gorgeous Lake 10,559, just 20 min. off our 11,200-Pear route, a bit to the north. (Went there a few years ago.) Most other lakes on direct route are marshy. You will pass some beautiful sections of creek-sliding-down-slabs at approximately 9800-10,000 altitude.
8. Pear Lake is a good swim.