1. In the past week or so, the trail to the springs have been
improved. Several of the washouts that cross the trail have been
leveled, the guardrail at those ten or so precarious spots has been
reinstalled, and the trial has even been rerouted for a couple hundred
feet higher up on the hillside toward the top of the lower trail to
avoid that one angled portion along a ditch bank that sloped
uncomfortably toward a drop off. It's much more family friendly now
which may be a mixed blessing.
2. I've never seen it before (at least not this early in the year)
but there is no cool, fresh surface water coming in above the two
highest pools above the lower falls. That makes the pools quite hot.
We couldn't even get into the most upper one, and the one next to it
which it normally feeds (I'd say it's 105 plus) is rather spooky since
it is not being supplied with fresh water. I'd guess that there's
currently potential for Naegleria fowleri or, at best, stale pee from
3. The good news is that the entire smaller creek draining the
springs is now geothermal water. That allows exploring and soaking in
it at various places that are normally too cool. It's a very
interesting, natural experience right now.