This thread got huge while I wasn't watching. Just checking in on others' current thinking about a Friday afternoon/evening departure. Earlier on, Ken H. and I had talked about leaving after work (maybe at 2 or so, but that would be trickier for me) on Friday, camping at the trailhead, then hiking Sat and Sun. I'm still up for that. If Ken H. is out, I might be able to drive, leaving from SF or the East Bay.
My preference would be trailhead camp on Friday night, wake up early and high-tail it to make it to the lakes and then back to Morris Meadow on Saturday, then hike out on Sunday.
Respond here or pm me if interested in that schedule.