This trip idea is to explore the area I have never been to and, possibly, shall add it to my "portfolio". This western corner of Ansel Adams is adjacent to Yosemite and can serve as a sneaky route into the latter on free Sierra NF permits ;-) The place seems to be quite popular in summer time. Last weekend, it was still under snow, but the road to trailheads had already cleared; 3 weeks from now should be the perfect time to go before the crowds.
It takes an awfully long drive to get to the place, 6+ hours from Bay Area. The plan is to take off Thursday after work and camp by the car in the dark; I scouted a couple of suitable sites 1/2 hour short of the TH. Then, we can hit the trail early enough and hike to the far point of the loop, Slab Lakes or so. Next day, we will move South, doing some serious meandering and side walks, off the trail where appropriate, to thoroughly explore the area. Camp near the exit, somewhere around Madera Lakes. Next day, a short hike down to the TH and a long drive back.
Sierra NF has quotas on the trailheads; I will be calling for a permit on Thursday and try to get one from Fernandez TH, - not expecting any problem this early in the season. Maximum group size is 15, but I hardly expect that many :-)