I'm looking for some route advice. I'm planning a mid-August, 3 day, ~30 mile trip to Emigrant and/or Hoover wilderness. Ideally, the plan would be to drive over from the south bay on a Thursday night, stay at an organized camp site (or near the trail head), hit the trail Friday morning, and return to the trail head Sunday afternoon.
Seems like the logical points of entry would be Kennedy Meadows, Sonora Pass, the Leavitt jeep trail head, or Leavitt Meadows.
Regarding Leavitt Jeep trail head, we do not have a vehicle which could actually take us to Leavitt lake--we'd need to walk from the trail head at 108 (assuming that we can park there). Regarding Leavitt Meadows, there is a desire to avoid a potentially difficult crossing at West Walker River (although it seems that the river should be low this year; I also heard that there are "log crossings," but I don't know much about them.
Aside from beautiful scenery, considerations include minimal mosquito issues on the one hand, easy access to water on the other hand. Also looking for some place quiet--without tons of people or pack mules. It would also be necessary for the trip to be a loop (i.e., no shuttles, hitchhking, etc).
Some sample trips which seemed interesting include:
(HOOVER WILDERNESS: Leavitt Meadows and the West Walker River)
From Kennedy meadows there are a couple of loops out to Emigrant Lake via Lunch Meadow and back as well
Any additional thoughts from those in the know?
Thanks very much