Alrighty, I've made some more progress on my trip planning.
Day 1. Pick up my permit, drop off my car at North lake, and pray I can hitch a ride to South Lake. Camp at South Lake trailhead to acclimate.
Day 2. Hike over Bishop, and then camp somewhere in Dusy Basin.
Day 3. Hop on to the JMT Northbound, and camp somewhere in Le Conte Canyon.
Day 4. Continue on JMT Nobo over Muir Pass, and then camp at Evolution Lake.
Day 5. Leave the JMT, and head up Darwin Canyon over Lamarck Col and back to the car I left at North Lake.
I'm a tiny bit nervous about leaving the trail to head up over Lamarck Col. This will be my first real off trail experience. I'll have a GPS and topo map so I'm hoping I'll be okay.
I was able to secure my permit online via recreation.gov, I guess I just need to pick it up at the Mono Lake station?
Please feel free to share any tips of places to camp, navigation tips, etc.
Are there any water crossings or anything I should be aware of?
Has anyone done this route before and would be willing to share the GPS tracks?
And one more dumb question. Is it totally safe to drive a Prius up to North lake at 9800ft? I'm guessing the road is paved and such...
Sorry for all the questions, I just want to get this right. :)