"Tom, Interestingly, that is one area we did see a few folks"
I could speculate that by the time you get that far south, you've got people getting on the JMT via Road's End in KCNP and Kearsarge Pass, plus a few via Shepherd Pass and the Kern Canyon connector trail, but your observation about Forester Pass sort of puts that in question. I don't know. Strange, because historically the few times I've been on that section I've genrally encountered far more people than anywhere else in Kern country. One of the unsolved mysteries of the universe I guess. No problem. As long as they stay on the JMT, I'm a happy camper. ;)