I'm planning on taking my 7 year old daughter out for a night or two over Labor Day weekend. Can anyone suggest a fun place to go that a) won't be ridiculously crowded for the long holiday weekend, and b) has the ability to dial up/dial down the length of the hike, depending on how eager the kid is? (In the past, I've gotten up to 5 miles out of her with a pack on her back, but some of that included a little bit of towing assistance from her dad, and he won't be joining us on this trip.) I'm willing to sacrifice some epic beauty for just the chance to be outside and sleep in a tent in some relative isolation, although varying nature/wildlife always makes it more interesting for the little one.
I had been considering Saddlebag Lake/20 Lakes Basin east of Yosemite, but the popularity of the trail was giving me pause. (And now, with wildfires closing the north entrance to the park, it means a much longer slog to get there than I had planned.) Any other ideas?