BSquared wrote: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?
Coming up from Island Crossing, you go across the log bridge over the side stream coming down from Lost Keys Lakes then you come into an open meadow/hillside with a strong smell of sulphur. There are faint paths going up that hillside, but its hard to find anything and the pools are much further up than you think (we went this way and were pretty fed up by the time we found the pools).
The trick is to go across the meadow on the main trail that would eventually take you over to Second Crossing, and then as soon as you go back into the trees, you cross a very small stream. There is an obvious side trail going up the hillside alongside that stream. After 100-200 yards or so it goes back across the stream and comes out at a very nice campsite under a big tree (probably the "elaborate camp" you found. The main pool (in my photo above) is level with the campsite following a clear use trail back across a flatter part of the open hillside (say 50 yards from the campsite). The other pools are higher up the hill.