vhsvhs wrote:@ JWreno - I think a visit to Iva Bell Hot Springs is worthwhile, at least once in your life. Iva Bell is hotter and less muddy than the springs across the river from MTR (I believe it's named Blaney Hot Springs). Also, there are multiple pools at Iva Bell, so it tends to accommodate groups better.
I like Iva Bell better than Blayney. It is quieter mid week and the camping is better. The Fish Creek/Minnow Creek route is a pleasant side trip, although the views aren't so good from the Minnow Creek traverse compared to the Purple Lake side of the valley. On the other hand the Reds Meadow to Island Crossing section is very pretty.