tim wrote:Why not consider Cottonwood Lakes (or Cottonwood Pass to Chicken Spring Lake), then your friends can stay at Horseshoe Meadows with you? It sounds like you are coming from the south so this would be closer. it also has the highest quotas for walk-ins and as a fallback you can go up Trail Pass (to Chicken Spring Lake) which has no quotas at all.
Great Idea! I will check into that. Definately a fallback plan. My wife and I stayed there one night before our succfessful Whitney dayhike, after turning back at trail crest the year before becuase of my wife's AMS. Don't remember much about the surrounding area since we were busy looking after our first born (now 9 and going with us this time!).
Thanks for your input!