Thank you @stbrnnr. You were correct, any reports of patchy smoke from early in the week weren’t an issue. Beautiful day, blue skies and light breeze. There was a bit of brown haze lower down on the horizon, but everything on the mountain was great.
For the record we did the south fork – dry lake – dollar lollipop. Plenty of water at south fork meadows but I didn’t check any other off-trail spots.