Looking at 4, possibly 5 pack trips of various duration, but I typically end up doing less than I have planned just because other ideas for family activities always pop up.
All depends on the actual snow pack at the time, but I'm thinking of a lower elevation overnighter (maybe 2 nights) in May. That little trip troll that gets in my head this time of year is arguing for a trip to a small stream reported to have one of Californias rarest of trout sub species. Its low elevation (~7,800') could make it open even earlier, but the streams are off limits in this area until 4/28.
Looking at a 5 day trip in June with my son up the So Fk of the San Joaquin to visit that little lake at the end. If it snows much more the So Fk will be too high then, and we will option for some lakes in the general vicinity. Hoping to get an early peek at some goldens.
July is looking like the month for my bigger trip of the summer, an 8 day trip out of Wishon with a friend at work into KCNP.
In August I will do the family camping trip to Mono Hot Springs for 4 nights, and then do a 3 or 4 day trip with my daughter and possibly son somewhere around the Silver Divide. Thats likley it, but I wouldnt mind doing a September trip in search of those fall spawning brookies or browns, but who knows.
On a side note, I find all of the talk about it being too late to get permits in various areas a bit amusing. I havent backpacked out of the east side since 2001, in fact I have only even been on the east side 5 times since then and two trips were winter ski trips. I know alot of you dont like the west side trailheads because of the extended forest sections, etc, but I havent made a reservation in over 10 years and have never missed my alloted trail head or trip even once. I'll admit my schedule allows me to start off on Thursdays or Fridays quite often, but the thought of all the permits being gone already doesnt really seem that appealing. Just saying!!!
If you stand in the light, you get the feel of the night, and the music that plays in your ear......
In your mind you can hear, a voice so sweet and clear, and the music that plays in your head......
As it flows up from the ground, taking all that hear the sound, close your eyes, it’s about to begin.