Camping at the back of Lake #2 provides quick access to the upper lakes. If you follow the inlet stream up the drainage it comes out at the meadow between lake #3 and #4. Its a bit steep in parts, but is a lot less miles then taking the main trail up the stairsteps to the ridge and over to the area.
Inlet stream at #2
Follow the stream up almost to the top. A few great waterfalls along the way
Near the top, cut to the left and finish up the ridge
The stream in the meadow separating #3 and #4
Lake #3. You can climb the ridge at the back of #3 and then follow the crest up to the top of Mt Stanford. From the top you can see over into McGee canyon and Steelhead Lake. Also overlooks Pioneer Basin. Worth the effort if you have time.
Lake #4 from the trail up to #5
A view of the outlet falls at #5. Covered in snow.
From the backside of lake #7
On the way to lake #9 looking down at Davis and #5,#6,#7<#8