Dewey Point from Badger Pass is in Yosemite. We had two people from the Bay Area make it, Josh is from Santa Cruz, and I'm in LA; I think the 4-5.5hr commute was shared by everyone. That's reasonable to me. I'd love to spend time in the Desolation Wilderness but Tahoe is grind from So Cal. So, that's going to be some Nor Cal organizing.
Let us know what you find in or around Yosemite. Anything above 5-6000' will have beautiful pack.