This is basically a repost from another forum but I know there are some Sierra junkies here so I was hoping for some feedback from a few BPL'ers.
My wife and I are visiting Yosemite from 9/8 thru 9/15. We're arriving in the valley on 9/8 and taking in the general sights there before heading up to Tuolumne Meadows on 9/9. We'll dayhike around there for a bit to acclimatize (we're coming from the east coast).
On 9/11 we have a permit to hike out s/b on the JMT down Lyell Canyon. Our plan right now is to take 5 days to loop around to Happy Isles Trailhead in the valley. I'm looking for feeedback on whether the milage is too ambitious for 5 days and recommendations on where to camp, or alt. routes:
Day 1: Lyell Canyon Trail to Fletcher Creek Trail. Possbile side trip to Ireland Lake. Camp @ Ireland or Evelyn Lake
Day 2: Fletcher to Lewis Creek to High Trail, camp @ Washburn Lake.
Day 3: South over Red Peak Pass, camp @ Upper or Lower Ottoway Lake.
Day 4: Down to Merced Pass, north on the Illilouette Creek Trail, camp somewhere along trail, possibly near Clark Fork. Suggestions on campsites welcome here...
Day 5: Down to the JMT and Happy Isles, or possibly out to Glacier Point and return to valley from there. Which would you suggest?
This is our first time to the Sierras but we do have some experience hiking in moderate elevations, though none quite what we'll see in Yosemite. As stated, we will have a few days to get used to the elevation before hitting the trail. Thanks in advance for any feedback and suggestions.