Good news about the log jam! Even if you are not a big fan of hot springs, Warm Lake, just behind the Blaney Hot Springs and opposite Muir Trail Ranch, is probably the best swim on or near the JMT. The hot springs combine with snow melt to make the lake a very comfortable temperature without making it so warm that it gets icky.
Before heading upstream to find the log crossing, you might put something on the north/east side of the river so that when you are heading back downriver on the south/west side, after the log crossing, you know when to head away from the river to find the springs. If you haven't marked it, you can try to make a hard left about 200 yards after the last obvious campsite (to my memory) on the south/west side of the river.
Assuming that the log jam is still an easy crossing when you reach it, you could take your packs across and camp on the nice sites that are on the far side of the river (the ones mentioned above). You'll have more privacy, I would guess, than on the MTR side. And there's lots of room.
Thanks for the information, Ned!
John Curran Ladd
1616 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114-3707
On Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 11:09 AM, <ned@...>
Just got back from our 2 month filming trip along
the PCT from KM to the MTR and want to chime in on a hot springs comment from
There is an easy log jam crossing upstream of the
MTR within a mile or so; just follow the river to find it. Otherwise, the river
is huge and not something I would like to fall into!
Ned Tibbits, Director
1106A Ski Run Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, Ca.