I did not go on many backpacking trips in the Summer of 2017. I had just gotten back from a three week trip hitchhiking to Alaska and I had my two week Sierra High Route trip planned at the end of the Summer. I was also quite busy with my job running Ridge Runners Nature Day Camp in Pleasanton.
Luckily I made it out to the Trinity Alps one weekend though, which is quite a long drive from the Bay Area. We chose to do Grizzly Lake, and it took about 6 hours to get to the trailhead. (mostly because we drove a Prius and the going was slow on the dirt road, there were a few sketchy sections but the Prius came away unscathed) When we got to the trailhead there were a few trucks and a Subaru but no other sedans.
Overall it was a short but beautiful trip filled with meadows and wildflowers that rival the high meadows of the Sierra without all of the people.