i'm looking for a good 2-3 day loop in october (either around columbus weekend or the weekend before). i originally had my eye on the northern presidentials but didn't realize lakes & madison are closed by then... looking for some alternatives that will pack a similar above-treeline punch.
our group of 4 is in pretty good shape, but we don't want to kill ourselves... maybe 4-5000' of ascent/descent per day, 12 miles or less. one of us has an old foot injury that we want to avoid putting lots of weight on so huts are preferred over backcountry camping.
i did a bunch of dayhikes in the area both summer & winter a few years ago, but never overnight trips.
any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!