Roald wrote:any more specifics on the best sites up there? Past the lake, before the lake, etc? Thanks for the beta on the road noise.
I've been in the basin quite a few times and am convinced the best camping is above the lake adjacent to the trail up Little Bear. There are open glades in that area among gigantic boulders that make for fun bouldering problems.
In addition, you're above the lake where much of the traffic seems to congregate and most importantly, you get above many of the mosquito problems. There's less breeding areas up higher and more wind which seems to knock them down some. It is a little colder there tho.
You also get a jump from there on anyone camping below so you're up and down the mountain(s) before it gets busy. Very important on LB at least.
Anywhere up and to the left of the area where the initial cairn up the gulley to LB has a number of great spots in there. Some very sheltered and intimate ones in there that are awesome.