Reporting back with some beta that might be useful for some others in future dry years.
I went to Alta Meadow and Alta Peak for 2 nights in August 28 -30, 2020. -
This was Late summer in a very dry year. I was concerned abotu water availability.. Here is what I found.
Merhten Creek was dry where the trail crossed
(it might have been possible that some water could be found if you hiked up and down the creek to find a trickle, but I am not sure)
Reliable springs could be found at these locations:
0.35 miles before you get to the Alta Meadow/ Alta Peak trail junction - There was a bubbling spring right alongside the trail (can't miss it)
.25 past the Alta Meadow / Alta Peak Trail junction - on the Alta Peak trail on the way to the summit. - There is a spring-fed stream that crosses the trail
Alta Meadow had a low-flow stream that barely had a trickle just before you enter the top of the meadow
Alta Meadow - About 2/3 of the way down from the top of the meadow to the bottom of the meadow, a reliable spring crosses the use-trail
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