Instead of going up to Lake Italy Pass, go from Honeymoon Lake up and over in the Royce
Lake area via Royce Lake Pass (class 1). Then head up towards the northern part of the
basin and go over Granite Bear Pass (class 2) which will give you access to numerous
lakes including Vee Lake, from where you can follow down the East Fork Bear Creek to
the JMT. If you have the time and energy would highly recommend going up to
Orchid Lake for the night, the views from the smaller Orchid Lake is sublime, and the
fishing is good too. HST Map
PS GBP will not be an issue this year.