Birch Lake Trail to Birch Lake.
Only a couple patches of easy to cross snow between the trailhead at 6500' and Birch Lake at 10800'. No equipment required to get to the lake and I camped on dry ground at Birch Lake
Difficult section encountered: The trail officially ends before the lake, but stay high and you will find a use trail and/or ducked route to follow much of the way to the lake. Snow conditions are crappy above the lake - I tried to go up to "The Thumb", but gave up before getting very high up because it was taking too long picking through the mixed conditions including icy/wet slabs, loose rocks, and patchy snow.
Special equipment needed/used: None to get to Birch Lake, but you'll want an axe and crampons to go higher, but at the same time it would be hard to stay on snow above he lake because it's so patchy.
Some pics (I haven't sorted through these yet): http://kathywing.smugmug.com/California ... &k=dmL5sWf
It seems to be a crappy year for early season snow climbs, but it should be a nice long summer season; so there's not too much to complain about. Carrying that heavy pack after a winter of day hiking sure is interesting.