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Re: Sierra Swimming Holes

Postby SSSdave » Thu May 08, 2014 12:10 pm

In Bear Creek at about 9400 feet maybe early August 2007 after coming down from East Fork. Water was cool but not so much that I didn't enjoy staying in for a few minutes. And yeah have always liked playing in the whitewater river areas.

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Re: Sierra Swimming Holes

Postby sparky » Thu May 08, 2014 4:07 pm

Jumping into ice cold water is pretty awesome. Yeah it is uncomfortable when you are in there, but when you get out it feels really damn good to your mind and body. It helps to find a cliff or rock to jump off of so you just jump without thinking about it and then there is no goin' back....you're in!

Hmm I thought Devils Bathtub was in Tenaya Creek? I need to check that out! Have you ever swam in the pools off of sunnyside bench? Both times I have been there was during peak flows.

Has anyone ever been in hotsprings in an ice cold creek? One step forward is ice cold, and one step back is hot hot hot!! Pretty cool.
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Re: Sierra Swimming Holes

Postby overheadx2 » Thu May 08, 2014 4:14 pm

I've been to many of the hot springs in the sierras, and am usually not much of a fan of the mucky, dirty springs. The Kern is nice but very small and had a few folks there when I was there. The best swimming hole was the Iva Bell Hot springs. Since there are many granite tubs, we had our own granite tub close to our campsite. No mud on the bottom, no mosquitoes due to the hot water. We sat in the tub under the stars next to our campsite with a glass of scotch we had brought along just for that occasion.Woke up the next day had a cup of coffee in the hot tub before heading out.
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Re: Sierra Swimming Holes

Postby tim » Thu May 08, 2014 8:16 pm

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Here's my selection. Some obvious, but my choice of best lake for a lazy day's swimming is probably not. I actually like swimming in moderately cold lakes (I've done the Alcatraz swim for fun too), but my best lake is warm, great for both diving and sunbathing on the island and hardly visited despite being in a very popular wilderness.

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Re: Sierra Swimming Holes

Postby John Dittli » Sun May 11, 2014 8:27 pm

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Re: Sierra Swimming Holes

Postby cgundersen » Sun May 18, 2014 12:29 pm

There are a couple of small lakes below Moose Lake (access via Wolverton/Crescent Meadow) that I've "dragged" novices to visit with the bonus being a refreshing "swim" at the end of the day. They are almost balmy by late August, and seldom frequented in spite of their accessibility. But, for a memorable plunge: Blue Lakes (the ones with the Minarets in the background) are magnificent, especially if there is a mild breeze carrying sweet lupine fragrance up from Bench canyon........
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Re: Sierra Swimming Holes

Postby dbogey » Mon May 19, 2014 6:03 am

Swimming in Lake Marion was "Refreshing" but cold as hell and my hiking buddy probably heard my yelping a 100yds away when I jumped in.

Glacier Lakes are amazing and have beachfront property and I swore if i ever come back I'm bringing a raft with drink holder and parking it right on this lake all day

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Re: Sierra Swimming Holes

Postby juscro » Tue May 20, 2014 3:29 pm

I like Long Lake in Emigrant - Long and shallow. Southeast edge of Hyatt Lake is also memorable for excellent cliff dive but be sure to secure any external appendages...
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Re: Sierra Swimming Holes

Postby hurricaniac » Wed May 21, 2014 8:38 am

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The Middle Fork of the Kaweah has a fun, warm, popular spot just upstream of the confluence with the Marble Fork. The turnout/parking area is south of the intersection for the Potwisha campground. A well-marked trail leads to a footbridge across the river. In July/Aug you'll have lots of company.

But it's a cool squirt-ride where you jump into a pothole and the river shoots you out over a slide into the bigger pool. Great reward after your high-country hike!
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Re: Sierra Swimming Holes

Postby BSquared » Wed May 21, 2014 6:01 pm

overheadx2 wrote:I've been to many of the hot springs in the sierras, and am usually not much of a fan of the mucky, dirty springs. The Kern is nice but very small and had a few folks there when I was there. The best swimming hole was the Iva Bell Hot springs. Since there are many granite tubs, we had our own granite tub close to our campsite. No mud on the bottom, no mosquitoes due to the hot water. We sat in the tub under the stars next to our campsite with a glass of scotch we had brought along just for that occasion.Woke up the next day had a cup of coffee in the hot tub before heading out.

So where the h*ll exactly IS Iva Bell? When we did the JMT a number of years ago, we took the detour through Fish Valley from Reds Meadows expressly to visit the hotsprings, and I found some warm-ish streams but despite trekking all over the place one afternoon and the morning on the way out, we never did find anything definitive. Lots of elaborate camps (horse campers, presumably), but no nice granite tubs. How could we have missed it?
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Re: Sierra Swimming Holes

Postby paul » Wed May 21, 2014 8:11 pm

In the basin upstream from Twin Island Lakes, right next to the largest of the various lakes up there, we found a tarn that was the perfect lounging pool. Just the right depth for sitting in, just the perfect temperature to be refreshing but warm enough to stay in a while; smooth rock bottom for comfort. If you took a dip in the main lake, then hopped in the tarn, it felt downright warm.
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Re: Sierra Swimming Holes

Postby overheadx2 » Wed May 21, 2014 8:58 pm

Coming from fish creek, as you come down the ridge into fish valley from fish creek you see a number of campsites surrounding a very soggy marshy area right before you cross the stream in the trail to fox meadow. If you walk across that bog 10 to 20 yards, you will see a rock pool here and there. When we went, there were trails through the bog. The pools were dispersed up the hill here and there. The higher you went, the hotter they were. There were a few really good ones up the hill with campsites very close. If you you tube it, you can see video of the place. When I go some where like that I often you tube it so I get a better idea of what I am looking for and any specific features to look for to find the hot springs.
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