West Walker River Crossing?
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Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
West Walker River Crossing? on 08/13/2013 16:26:01 MDT Print View

Hi,

We're planning a loop from Leavitt Lake (Leavitt Jeep Trailhead) through to Leavitt Meadows. I was reading that it is necessary to ford the West Walker River, but I also read that there are some bridges. Does anyone know where the bridges are and whether the river is at all high this dry year or is it more like a puddle?

Thanks,

rhz

Paul Andronico
(Jakesandwich) - M

Locale: S.F. Bay Area
Walker low this year on 08/13/2013 18:53:43 MDT Print View

The Walker is normally running at 152 cfs on this date, and today it is at 39 cfs. Here is the link to current flow rate on the Walker:

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nv/nwis/uv/?site_no=10296000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060

I was up there two weeks ago or so when it was running about 60 cfs, and it was already getting pretty low. I don't think you will have much trouble crossing.

The bridge I know about is a couple hundred yards downstream from the Leavitt Meadows trailhead/parking lot. There may be additional bridges upstream, but others will have to chime in for that info.

Have a good trip!

Paul

Bill Law
(williamlaw) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: West Walker River Crossing? on 08/23/2013 12:58:01 MDT Print View

There is a bridge at Walker Meadows. That's at the junction before Long Lakes.

The water wasn't too high when I was there early July. I crossed twice on logs upstream a few miles from that bridge.