I have a permit for 4 people for Iva Bell Hot Springs for June 21-23, entering and returning via Fish Creek trail. We will be camping at Iva Bell both nights. If time allows, we may be able to visit Devils Postpile National Monument and/or Rainbow Falls on the return trip as they are very close. The apparent local custom at the hot springs is clothing optional.
Since we'll be at the hot springs both nights, it leaves open the possibility of a day hike on June 22 for those who feel so inclined. Cascade Valley and Lost Keys Lakes are possibilities. The hike to Lost Keys Lakes is 4+ miles with an elevation gain of ~2000 feet. The pass is at about 10,000 feet, and snow level today (June 8) is[masked] feet. So that may not be possible. But in 2 weeks, it may be different. Others have written that it's well worth the effort of such a climb. And then to come back and soak in a hot pool, what could be better? I hope the snow retreats enough to do that.
Even without any day hikes on the 22nd, this will be a moderately strenuous hike. Total distance (one way) from the trailhead to the springs is 12 miles with elevation gain of approx. 1500 feet, plus and/or minus. Therefore participants must show previous backpacking experience at comparable levels.
The elevation at the springs is about[masked] ft. Days should be warm but the nights will be cool, and there is always a chance of thunderstorms. There may be water crossings, so water shoes are highly recommended. Bear canisters are also required. Participants must be prepared.
Driving time from Bay Area to Mammoth is 6-8 hours, depending on where you start from, traffic, etc. Therefore everyone will probably have to go up on Thursday, June 20. I'll definitely be leaving early on Thursday morning and I can anyone who wants to ride with me can do so. I'm leaving early in the morning to have some time to spend at Bodie on the way to Mammoth.
We will meet in Mammoth Lakes at 8am June 21, and begin our hike at the trailhead at 9am. The cost for permit, parking, & shuttle fees will be about $20.00 per person. I will ask for $12 to sign up, and we'll work out the difference one way or the other when the exact costs are known. Transportation and camping or motel costs vary depending on how you travel.
Please be relatively certain that you can attend before signing up. Due to the short time frame, refunds cannot be guaranteed. But I will give refunds if you cancel and a replacement is found. Refunds will also be given to the extent that the costs are less than estimated.
Unless I missed something that should be included in the general description, other specific details can be negotiated by the participants. If you have questions, please call me. Peter Biskup (707)[masked]
Iva Bell Hot Springs
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