I'm just back from a trip to Ecuador and trying to get 100% over that. I see Y'all are planning an Oct trip! I will probably be very interested in that, although I am going to have a little surgery coming up and not sure of the dates yet and recovery time. Still, as of now, I am interested. I guess the first thing is to decide: car camp or backpack, either for 1 night or more. Either can be a lot of fun.
Still, if even a simple overnight backpack is in the plans, the Sipsey is the closest thing around here that is 5 star rated. I recently saw a guide on how to interpret internet ratings:5 star= excellent, 4 star = OK/maybe, 1 star to 3 stars=crap!