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[pct-l] Ira Bell hot springs / Fish Creek alternate route

Iva Bell Hot Springs is worth the trip. Actually, the perfect trip would be
Rainbow falls to Iva Bell, then up Fish Creek to the Purple Lake cutoff, up
to the JMT at Purple Lake then past Virginia Lake and Tully Hole. This route
would catch all the hot spots but would meander up and down. The hike up to
Purple will get you attention.

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Courtway [mailto:scourtway@bpa-arch.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2002 3:21 PM
To: PCT-L@mailman.backcountry.net
Subject: [pct-l] Ira Bell hot springs / Fish Creek alternate route

I am considering taking the Fish Creek
alternate route past rainbow falls to
Ira Bell hot springs on my upcoming JMT hike.
Are the hot springs worth the side trip ?
I have read the trail south from Red's Meadow
to the springs is in terrible condition and
not the most enjoyable hike due to the burn and
heavy stock travel.  Has anybody any opinions 
regarding this side route and the condition 
of the hot springs?

Steve Courtway

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