The section from North Lake to the lower palisade lakes will be new ground, so I'm really looking forward to this section. Providing we have time we will camp at Bench Lake and climb Arrow Peak. My group has some not interested in more than 12 miles, but some of us like more in a day. We make up for it by having camp excursions like climbing something.
After this year I will have from Onion Valley/Kearsarge to North Lake/Piute of the JMT done. Including the following side trails (ie Kearsarge, Taboose, Bishop (south lake to SHR), Piute, I have done the Kearsarge to lower palisade lakes twice. I've done other trips like: mountaineer route up Mt Whitney, thousand island lakes, Palisade glacier/numbered lakes, half dome etc. However the south Sierra's are a special place.
I will need 3 more trips to complete JMT. 1) North lake over Lamark Col and then north on JMT. 2) Finish north end 3) Kearsarge to Mt Whitney.
After the JMT it will be the Trans Sierra. Then it will be loop trails mixing on trail and off trail sections.
Sure hope I have 20-25 years of hiking left in me. My group is only up for one week long trip a year, so I probably need to find a secondary group to hike a trip with. However most on this site seem to like 20-30 mile days. I prefer the 14-18 mile day.
Tom, you are right on about Taboose area. I love the camp spot about 1.5-2 miles out Taboose trail after the stream but before the pass. Great camp spot. Last year I hiked up the ridge to the south and found a couple of excellent hidden lakes.