Forum Index > Trail Talk > Drinking the water at Twin Lakes (Monte Cristo)
Previous :: Next Topic  
Author Message
Elliott Haybaler
Member
Member


Joined: 07 Jul 2004
Posts: 139 | TRs

Elliott Haybaler
  Top

Member
PostThu Sep 14, 2006 1:13 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Is drinking the water at Twin Lakes not advisable? I was up there this week and had just a great time. I would like to camp there, but that would be a difficult place to haul enough water for two nights.  I have read so many conflicting accounts of drinking the water in this area (although the smart consensus seems to be not do so). I was just reading a Jeff Smoot account of filtering his water out of Glacier Creek or environs (he wasn't recommending drinking the water, I think he matter of factly brought it up.....he was talking with a local who had been drinking out of the same water unfiltered for 30 years). Not that filtering it will make it any less poisonous.......

On that subject, I noticed a note on the bulletin board at Monte Cristo that said hikers should wash their shoes off upon returning at home.  How can the Stillaguamish be such a great place to fish for steelhead if this area is so laced with carcinogens? (I'm learning a lot about this area right now, so off the top of my head I can't think of where the headwaters of the Stillaguamish are.....)
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Backpacker Joe
NWH Joe-Bob



Joined: 16 Dec 2001
Posts: 23594 | TRs
Location: Cle Elum
Backpacker Joe
  Top

NWH Joe-Bob
PostThu Sep 14, 2006 2:04 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Bummer, I drank the water at Twin Lakes years ago.  I think Im still breathing.   doh.gif

--------------
"If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide."

— Abraham Lincoln
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
greg
Member
Member


Joined: 23 Jun 2003
Posts: 1159 | TRs

greg
  Top

Member
PostThu Sep 14, 2006 2:12 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
I drank it a couple weeks ago and I'm still here too, athough for some reason refrigerator magnets keep jumping onto me.

BTW, that river ain't the Stillaguamish, it's the South Fork of the Sauk, part of the Skagit system. And the poor Stilly, it's not so great for steelhead anymore.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
Elliott Haybaler
Member
Member


Joined: 07 Jul 2004
Posts: 139 | TRs

Elliott Haybaler
  Top

Member
PostThu Sep 14, 2006 2:23 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
So is the whole "don't drink the water" advice overblown? What if you were at Gothic Basin? I've heard of people drinking the water there, too, and apparently it's a bad idea. I'm not Chicken Little, I'm just curious is all. Besides, I would carry water into any of these places (even Twin Lakes, I guess) for camping, they are so great.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
jenjen
Moderatrix



Joined: 30 Jun 2003
Posts: 7620 | TRs
Location: Sierra stylin
jenjen
  Top

Moderatrix
PostThu Sep 14, 2006 2:34 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
I've drunk the water at Gothic Basin, and I'm still breathing.  (at least, I think I am)

--------------
If life gives you melons - you might be dyslexic
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Elliott Haybaler
Member
Member


Joined: 07 Jul 2004
Posts: 139 | TRs

Elliott Haybaler
  Top

Member
PostThu Sep 14, 2006 3:07 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
I just did a search on this site and found some information on this subject. Sorry, guess I'm just another noob rehashing old topics. Maybe the moderators can delete this post.......
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
jenjen
Moderatrix



Joined: 30 Jun 2003
Posts: 7620 | TRs
Location: Sierra stylin
jenjen
  Top

Moderatrix
PostThu Sep 14, 2006 3:15 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
It's a good question.  There's no need to apologize, and no need to delete anything.

You even posted it in the right forum!  wink.gif

--------------
If life gives you melons - you might be dyslexic
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Elliott Haybaler
Member
Member


Joined: 07 Jul 2004
Posts: 139 | TRs

Elliott Haybaler
  Top

Member
PostThu Sep 14, 2006 3:17 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Thanks Jen  smile.gif
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Slugman
It’s a Slugfest!



Joined: 27 Mar 2003
Posts: 16367 | TRs

Slugman
  Top

It’s a Slugfest!
PostThu Sep 14, 2006 7:33 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
I was told that Silver lake water shouldn't be consumed but that Twin lakes is OK (I forget by whom, but it was somebody experienced in the area). All water has some bad stuff in it, it's really a question of how much. Someone here once mentioned a map that shows where mine runoff is located. Apparently one small stream can be unsafe to drink while several nearby streams are perfectly fine.

--------------
“The jerking motion of a knee does not reflect the operation of a mind”  Slugman, January 24th 2020
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Dayhike Mike
Bad MFKer



Joined: 02 Mar 2003
Posts: 10968 | TRs
Location: Going to Tukwila
Dayhike Mike
  Top

Bad MFKer
PostThu Sep 14, 2006 7:50 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Hey Sluggy, think that was me... wink.gif Twin Lakes is fine. Silver is not so fine.

--------------
"There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke
"Ignorance is natural. Stupidity takes commitment." -Solomon Short
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
jimmymac
Zip Lock Bagger



Joined: 14 Nov 2003
Posts: 3700 | TRs
Location: Lake Wittenmyer, WA
jimmymac
  Top

Zip Lock Bagger
PostThu Sep 14, 2006 8:40 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Rumpus Doodle wrote:
...Maybe the moderators can delete this post.......

You've gotta be kidding!  clown.gif

--------------
"Profound serenity is the product of unfaltering Trust and heightened vulnerability."
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
-lol-
Member
Member


Joined: 17 Dec 2001
Posts: 771 | TRs

-lol-
  Top

Member
PostThu Sep 14, 2006 9:02 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
Elliott Haybaler
Member
Member


Joined: 07 Jul 2004
Posts: 139 | TRs

Elliott Haybaler
  Top

Member
PostThu Sep 14, 2006 9:04 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Thanks 2drx! That was a great link........
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Foist
Sultan of Sweat



Joined: 08 May 2006
Posts: 3714 | TRs
Location: Back!
Foist
  Top

Sultan of Sweat
PostFri Sep 15, 2006 11:47 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
is this all about whether you should drink it even with a filter?
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
jenjen
Moderatrix



Joined: 30 Jun 2003
Posts: 7620 | TRs
Location: Sierra stylin
jenjen
  Top

Moderatrix
PostFri Sep 15, 2006 6:22 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Yes.

Old mining techniques left some nasty heavy metals that leach into some of the streams around those old mines.  These aren't safe to drink out of, even after filtering the water.

--------------
If life gives you melons - you might be dyslexic
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
  Display:     All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Forum Index > Trail Talk > Drinking the water at Twin Lakes (Monte Cristo)
Jump to:   
Search this topic:

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum
   Use Disclaimer Powered by phpBB Privacy Policy