Thank you so much for everything you do! You’ve been so incredibly helpful educating and responding to the posters on here and I know countless adventurers have benefited from your timely updates, responses and great advice.
Thanks for the helpful comment, Ranger Lon. I have a permit for the Saturday the 30th, after Memorial Day weekend (did this to avoid what I know would be the busiest weekend) but I will carefully discuss all our options with my trip mates and try to make the most informed and responsible decision we can.
Thank you both for your input!
Correction – it was the state health code stay at home order that listed camping as an approved activity as of May 9th. The USFS did just today open up some established campsites.
I try to spend a night up at High Creek Camp in late May every year and I have always opted to bring a bear canister with me. I know it is not technically required on the permit, and I’ve never encountered any bears up here, but it gives me peace of mind. Also, I feel that it helps me build good backpacking habits for food/scented item storage for when I am visiting areas in which it is required.