Ummm, how many hours did it takes you from Horse Camp to Lake Helen?
I will be driving from SFO around 10 am, and was planning to get up to Lake Helen the same day... Looks like I will be short on time, but staying at Horse camp will add extra pressure on summit day. Was Horse camp covered in snow too?
Some large patches of snow around Horse Camp, but mostly solid snow fields beyond Horse Camp.
Bunny Flat to Horse Camp was the easy part of the hike. Probably only 1.5 to 2 hours. So 6 hours or so from HC to HL.
Your mileage may vary.