Here's the goal for a trail permit I have for the second week of August this year - Tehipite Valley in the Sierras, the Middle Fork of the King's River, north of the rarely visited Monarch Divide and the Gorge of Despair. The famous Kings Canyon (of the national park) lies to the south of the Monarch Divide. I've been all around the area - King's Canyon, the Enchanted Gorge and Goddard Canyon, and Lewis Creek heading into the Monarch Divide. The trip up Lewis Creek (from King's Canyon) was a pretty difficult trail, in that it was straight up, and the first day of a two week trip in which the plan was to explore the Monarch Divide. I had a 70 pound pack, it was early June, and two days into the trip a snowstorm descended upon us. And it kept snowing for two days - a lot of our group of twelve didn't have heavy enough boots, or gaiters, so we had to hightail it outta there. Hopefully this trip goes better, but i am still concerned that in early August there will be a high fire danger, and potential heat problems as well.