Jumping in this thread to ask the same thought instead of making a new post:

Trying to apply for the lottery but, as stated by OP, I am also concerned that the larger than average precipitation this season will extend the ice/snow pack past what the Whitney gov site says main trail normally snow free by July.

Steve, you mentioned Aug. as best for less experienced hikers, thank you.
I'm wondering if the switchbacks would be reasonably ice free, (not needing to use the chute route with crampons and ice axe) by 2nd week of July?

Thank you all in advance. Look fwd to being active in this great community.

(time window available for the group is mid July or end of June. Or split the group and try for Sept)