Here’s what the creek looks like after a week of off and on rain plus three solid days of heavier rain in the Big Creek watershed. The creek height was 1.78′ at the guage pool on 2/14, 1.98′ 2/15 at noon then 2.2′ at 5pm on the 15th. After a whole night of wind and rain the gauge pool was at 2.9′ 8am the 16th. Here are some pictures of the muddy flood. Go to http://ucreserve.ucsc.edu/bigcreek/weather/ to see our weather data. The wind had been gusting around 50 mph for two days. By the middle of the 17th the creek as starting to clear a bit and by the end of the 18th I could at least see the bottom again and the gauge was reading 2.6 feet. We got a total of 4.2 inches between Feb. 12 and Feb. 18.
Big Creek at the confluence 2/16
Big Creek at the old gate on the interpretive trail 2/16
Devils Creek above the bridge to Redwood Camp 2/16