I am looking to do a quick and dirty overnighter on the Art Loeb Trail in a few weeks. The plan is for myself and 2-4 other guys (depending on schedules) to drive up together, hike from the Davidson River Campground, and backcountry camp. Hike back out in the morning. Most of us are just really itching to get out and see some winter vistas and camp, but don't multiple days to be gone.
Since we might not make it to the shelter (forget the name) at the 8.6 mile mark, and not having done this trail before, I just want some security in knowing there are either some backcountry camp sites or a decent amount of relatively flat areas dispersed along the first 5-10 miles of trail where we can reliably locate a spot to call it a day when the group is ready.
Anyone familiar enough with this area to chime in?
As far as gear setups, some might bring tarp, a small tarp and bivy (myself) and overall everyone be kind of self sufficient in what they carry. I'm thinking flat enough for a few people and not on an exposed bald are good enough for me.