Today's hike was another easy one. We started with a short descent into Evolution Valley. This place is a real work of art. I wish we had the time to spend an entire day resting here. The trail is pretty much flat from here all the way through the valley until just after you cross Evolution Creek. This stream is pretty wide so you won't be able to avoid getting your feet wet. Also, be warned that early in the season it can be a very challenging and even dangerous crossing.
Shortly after crossing Evolution Creek you get big views of Goddard Canyon and the trail descends into it. This trail is pretty rocky and rustic and it also does not have too much shade. If you are hiking up this trail you should try to get to it early.
Once at the bottom you will cross a large footbridge. There are plenty of campsites down here, but nothing very impressive. If it's not too late in the day and you aren't too tired I would recommend climbing into Evolution Valley or continuing on to Piute Canyon depending on which direction you are going. There really aren't any campsites inbetween.
You continue north along the left side of the San Joaquin River for a while. Then you cross the river at another bridge and continue. The river is rather impressive with a number of fallen trees that stretch across the bottom of the narrow canyon just above the river. Soon you pass Aspen Meadow where the USGS 7.5 minute maps says there is a campsite. Don't believe it. You could camp here but you might as well continue. Also, I did see Aspen here and a few tufts of grass, but nothing that I would call a neadow.
You can see Piute Canyon ahead and you cross another bridge immediately before the trail goes into the canyon.
There are lots of campsites where these two canyons meet. This is a nice place to camp and I would recommend it. The only downside is that it is very popular and when digging a hole to go to the bathroom you are likely to dig up other people's toilet paper. Other than that it's grand.