I was actually almost hoping for a little bit of precip to test out my new TT Rainbow. As I'm going out 2 nights, and I have two new shelters, I'm actually bringing both and using one each night; 1st night my Oware Cattarp2 (w TiGoat bivy), and the Rainbow the 2nd night. My pack will still be under 20lbs.
My plan is to go the 2 miles past LYV, but I'll decide when I get there. I plan on hiking to the base of Half Dome first, just to look. I'm afraid of heights, and I want to see if it's something I could possibly talk myself into trying this fall.
I don't know what the storms dumped in the way of snow, but the current conditions put the average snowline at 7000'. So not quite up to Lake Merced, but I know snow cover is very dependent on northern vs southern exposure as well. Looks like the Trail between Clark Pt and Nevada Falls is open as well, so I can vary my route coming and going.
I don't plan on bringing snow shoes. If it the trail to lake Merced turns out to be impassible w/o them, I'll just turn around and camp back whereever I do the first night.
Thanks for the input on mosquitos, Ken. So I can plan on leaving the 1.25 oz head net and .25 oz of REI Jungle juice at home then. Just go with the permethrin treated clothes. I never had issues with mosquitos all last summer, but that winter was so dry. I do remember getting bit up a little bit dayhiking the 4 Mile Trail to Glacier Point last early May.
Edit: Actually, now that I look, the yosemite website says the trail is clear with patchy snow all the way to Merced Lake. Just very muddy. I'm wearing new Terroc 330s. I'm going to have to bring some cheap REI line along with me to make some of those nifty camp shoes of Jeremy's I saw in the photo Tony's Rancheria photo essay so I can have semi-dry feet at night.