Ok, relative newbie here. Logged a dozen or so trips recently and really getting dialed in. I am looking to take my two girls, ages 8,9 out somewhere neat for a true backpacking trip . The parameters are: Within a days drive of southern california, with scenery, cool weather , preferably fishing and swimming also. Thinking Sierras but for some reason it's daunting. Tom recommended the Twin Lakes area and I am also really interested in a 3-4 night section of the tahoe rim trail if it's near lakes and easy to shuttle between (Even if a costly shuttle service is needed). They can each hike about 5-7 miles no gripes between spots and I want to relax and enjoy this not eat miles... Can you help me? If Twin lakes, what are the spots to hit on a 4 day trip? I'd like to hike and camp at a different spot each night. If you have experience here or can dial me in to the put in / take out point on the Tahoe Rim Trail I'd love to narrow this trip down so I can get some permits and assure a trip. It would be for the third week of August. Please let me know what you've done that's worked so I can share this new joy with them... It will be their 4th trip but first for multi nights. I can even squeeze in one more night if need be.
Thanks in advance,