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I am starting the process of looking into a summer backpacking trip. I was originally planning a trip during the end of august or september, but alas, I am a joyful father to be and our child is due during this time. Therefore, I am looking to do a trip earlier (around 7/15/13). I am looking for a 5-7 trip and am accustomed to trekking 10+ miles a day and x-country scrambling. I live in Northern California and really wanted to do a trip in the Kings Canyon/Seqouia area. It does not have to be a loop hike and I have looked into the following as options:
1. Little Five Lakes/Big Five Lakes loop. Start at Mineral King and go over Timber Gap, then up Cliff Creek and over Black Rock Pass to Little Five Lakes/Big Five Lakes. From there return to Mineral King via Lost Canyon and Sawtooth Pass, or go for a longer trip and go up Soda Creek to exit via Franklin Pass.
2. North Lake/South Lake loop. Start at North Lake, go over Piute Pass and down to the San Joaquin at the northern boundary of Kings Canyon. Then go south on the JMT over Muir Pass, and exit to South Lake via Bishop Pass.
3. Copper Creek/Woods Creek loop. Start at the Copper Creek trailhead at Roads End and go over Granite Pass and down to Simpson Meadow. Then go up the Middle Fork trail, and take the JMT south over Mather and Pinchot Passes, and return to Roads End via the Woods Creek trail and Paradise Valley.
I am uncertain about whether these passes would be passable this early in the season and am looking for some feedback on these possibe trips and for any other suggestions.
Thanks in advance and hope to see you on the trail!