Thank you so much for the information! Like I said, I have never hiked in this area, so I was driving blind into this one.
Note taken, and I will change our plans and head in from Gianelli.. The day hike on the second day to Chewing Gum Lake is a great idea. My son is a pretty good trooper. After I got of the JMT this year, we stayed for 10 days in Mammoth and hiked a bunch. He carried a full (well, not totally full) pack on all the hikes to train for this coming trip. I figured he has at least 6-8 miles in him for a day, so I figured 4.5 was pretty easy.
Ive heard about kids/food.... So, thats been a big part. I let him pick out his food at REI yesterday, and promised some nice goodies once we get out of Mom's sight..... Throw a couple big snicker bars in the bear can, and a few other goodies.
Any input on how the road to Gianelli is for a Prius? And, any good camping spots pre hike to note? Lastly, where should I consider picking up our permit?
Thanks again for the input