David, Kevin, Jack, Marc and others-
Three of us hiked into Kibbie Lake May 22-24, the day after the lost UCSC student was found. We used the same trailhead you will use. Hope the following info. is useful:
Phone the Groveland Ranger Station one day in advance of when you want to pick up your permit and reserve a permit. The permit will be waiting for you when you arrive the next day and since you're going in on a Friday by phoning on Thursday morning you're more certain of getting a permit.
Bear canisters required and no dogs are allowed on the Kibbie Ridge trails.
Allow about one hour from the time you leave Hwy. 120 to reach trailhead. (Oh, dear-should I give time or distance??RE: recent thread elsewhere) Once near Cherry Lake follow signs for the lake, not the campground, and then cross the dam and follow signs for Kibbie Lake and/or Kibbie Ridge Trail. Trailhead parking area has no water but does have a bear locker. No garbage cans. We couldn't have a campfire in the Kibbie Lake area but you may be able to-ask in Groveland.
You'll start hiking up on the Kibbie Ridge Trail and then pass by the turnoff trail to Kibbie Lake. We had a lot of downed trees on our trail hope you don't as they slow you down. Well, they slowed us down as we're all older Grandmas and two of us are very short so it wasn't easy to get over the huge logs.
Kevin, there is a lot of granite in that general area but I took my Hexamid and got all my stakes in OK. The others had a Tarptent Moment and a Six Moon Designs tarp so no free-standing tents and we found good places for all three shelters.
Hope you have great weather, some wildflowers and a good time all around.