Well, I have just one word for this trip: EPIC!
Beautiful trip, very secluded (only saw 10-12 other backpackers in 6 days), and challenging. Left White Wolf on Friday at 1:00 PM. Tried for the Pate Valley on night 1 but took a wrong turn (after the first .8 mile, you need to turn LEFT at the trail marker) and I got tired. Camped about halfway down to the Pate Valley by Morrison Creek. There is a perfect campsite with a great view of the Hetch Hetchy. Day 2 we hiked the rest of the way to the Pate Valley, and beyond. The trail guide describes a campsite at the "top of Muir Gorge". Must have missed it, hiked about another mile to the bottom, back down by the river, and found a campsite there. The 3rd night was at McGee Lake, just past Glen Aulin (go to the far side of the lake - then go left a little around the lake and up - there's a great campsite there). Day 4 we hiked up to the top of Tuolumne Peak - the guide shows a campsite just over the top at a pond on the other side - looked too exposed and unprotected, so we pushed on down to the valley. Long day, but worth it. When you get to the valley, if you keep going you'll pass through some forest, then meadow, then a rocky area – there’s a nice campsite to the left between the trail and the creek if you look for the fire ring. The 5th day we hiked out of the valley up to the Ten Lakes. We pushed on out of the Ten Lakes area and over the Ten Lakes Pass. Continued down – we heard there were campsites at a meadow after Ten Lakes, but we didn't see anything. On the topo map we saw a stream farther on, and found a great campsit. A very intense thunderstorm with a lot of lightning came up quickly. Amazingly, the storm was around us, but we didn't get much rain at all. The next day, set off down the hill for the walk back to White Wolf - we were soon walking in about 2 1/2 inches of HAIL that fell the night before! I’m 45, no triathlete but pretty fit, and this was challenging but very doable. Highly recommended.