Monday July 15, 2002 Hiking from the start at Agnew Meadows up to Lake Ediza at 9,300 feet elevation. The trailhead is at the southwest end of the parking lot. Distance (round-trip): 13.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet Difficulty: Hard Lake Ediza rests in a glacier-carved basin, surrounded by the granite peaks of the Minarets, Mount Ritter, and Banner Peak. Lake Ediza Vicinity, Elevation 9,333 ft. Last night I had an anxiety dream. The Shadow Trail climbs past Shadow Lake to connect with the John Muir Trail. The trail traverses along the northern shore of Shadow Lake for half a mile. I made a hash-brown and egg scramble for breakfast, and we hit the trail by 9:30am. Get off at Shuttle Stop #1, Agnew Meadows. From Lee Vining: Drive south on Highway 395 for 25.3 miles to the Mammoth Lakes / Highway 203 exit. Our trail, the northbound JMT, continues straight ahead. Hike Type: Overnight Difficulty Level: Difficult Food Storage: There are two bear boxes at the Agnew Meadows trailhead. At Ediza you can only camp on the north/west of the lake, and at 1000 Island you cannot camp in the easternmost portion. Openings in the forest provide nice views of Volcanic Ridge, rising to the south. Ediza Lake is displayed on the Mount Ritter USGS quad topo map. It was 2.6 miles from the Thousand Lake junction to Garnet Lake up at 9680'. At 2.7 miles the trail splits. Near Olaine Lake the trails split. Distance from Trailhead: 13.4 miles (round trip). Shadow and Ediza Lakes are popular destinations so do not expect solitude on the trail or at the lakes. From here, there are ups and downs, but a total of only about 500 feet of climbing. During the summer park in the day use or overnight parking lot and board the mandatory shuttle bus to the trailhead. Consider an extension to Iceberg Lake. Beyond the junction the trail descends on moderate grades across open slopes, losing 230-ft., to the junction with the River Trail (8,040-ft.) at 1.8 miles. Coordinates: 37.6850697°N, -119.1665501°W We followed the JMT to Garnet Lake. From the eastern shore of this alpine jewel views extend from jagged spires of the Minarets to the towering massifs of Mount Ritter and Banner Peak. Two: Ediza Lake to Garnet Lake: 5.4 miles +665 feet. After hours or in the fall you can drive to the trailhead. Ediza Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness is one of the prettest hikes I’ve done by Mammoth Lakes, California. Basecamp(s) Information: Follow the wide, dusty trail as it ascends the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River valley on gentle grades through forest and small meadows. The lake is cradled beneath the rugged ramparts of the Ritter Range. Stay to the left again. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including . You can continue north to Garnet Lake from here, or take a 2-mile detour to Ediza Lake by continuing west. Mammoth Lakes / Lee Vining, Region Information: Ediza Lake is displayed on the Mount Ritter USGS quad topo map. Then follow the directions from Mammoth Lakes to the trailhead. It is a lengthy day hike, and an early start is … Follow the trail as it skirts along the south side of a meadow and enters the trees, descending on a gentle grade. Over 7.3 miles with 1,250 feet of elevation changeSet out on River Trail from Agnew Meadows. To get to Ediza Lake, we stay to the left where it becomes the River Trail. After climbing for 0.6 miles and gaining about 390-ft. the grade abates as the route traverses a lovely meadow to Iceberg Lake at 7.7 miles. When we got there, we didn't feel like setting up camp at 11AM and felt great, so we decided to continue on to make it to Ediza. Ediza Lake is covered by the Mount Ritter, CA US Topo Map quadrant If you are planning on taking photos on your trek, Shadow Creek is a favorite for photographers. The JMT turns right (northwest) toward Garnet Lake. Near the top of the climb the trail ascends a series of granite steps beside a scenic waterfall cascading down rocky clefts carved by the creek. The scenic lake is cradled in a deep granite bowl directly beneath the Minarets. Ediza Lake to Thousand Island Lake. The hike incorporates short sections of Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail. It is the second highest peak in the Ritter Range, very close to its bigger neighbor Mount Ritter, 200 feet taller. Copyright © Locality, LLC | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | About. Past the bridge the trail climbs switchbacks and then traverses around the north end of a granite knoll to Ediza Lake (9265-ft), 6.7 miles from the trailhead. At 5.1 miles the trail splits. Elevation change 1130ft. From Ediza you can day hike to Iceberg Lake, or climb 13,000ft mountains. All Rights Reserved. The main climbing is now behind us. Our trail to Ediza Lake continues ascending the scenic Shadow Creek Valley, wandering through meadows and forest beside the cascading stream. The farther you venture the better the camp spots and views. Take an upper section of Shadow Creek Trail up to Ediza Lake. Ediza Lake. Ashley (18), Grandpa Bob Johnson and Heather (13) with all their camping gear and ready to hit the trail from Agnew Meadows. The campground gives you a rural feeling , with the benefits of having stores , restaurants etc. Walk up the dirt road to the second trailhead parking area. At 5:04 pm, about 5.2 miles from the start, we reached the Garnet Lake/ Ediza Lake junction from the Shadow Lake trail. Ediza is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Ritter Range. Distance from Trailhead: 16.6 miles (round trip). Compared to Ritter, Banner Peak is much slimmer with a sharp profile; it is surrounded by 1500-2000 feet high vertical cliffs except on its southwest side. Eventually, the PCT splits right to Agnew Meadows to gain elevation. Below is the approximate mileage and elevation change for each day of the trip: One: Agnew Meadows to Ediza Lake: 7.3 miles +1,250 feet. Cross Shadow Creek on a log bridge at 6.4 miles. We decided to head out early in an effort to hike as much as we can before the sun tires us down. (Heading left on the River Trail leads to Reds Meadows.) Turn left (west) on the Shadow Lake Trail. The hike to the lake while long is quite scenic, visiting lovely Shadow Lake and wandering by the pretty waterfalls and cascades on Shadow Creek along the way. Anyone who is interested in visiting Ediza Lake can print the free topographic map and street map using the link above. Before long, you’ll arrive at Ediza Lake. Distance from Trailhead: 7.8 miles (round trip). This is where we camped when we climbed Mt Ritter's North Face Route. The trail to the left heads toward Red’s Meadow and the Devil’s Postpile. Camp near the west side of the lake (per national forest restrictions). Ediza Lake is located in Madera County, California. The latitude and longitude coordinates of Ediza Lake are 37.6850697, -119.1665501 and the approximate elevation is 9,272 feet (2,826 meters) above sea level. Walk around the south, then east shore of the lake to find camping spots. An alpine lake at 9,300 feet elevation, it can be done as an out-and-back hike but you end up missing much of the scenery surrounding it. USGS Topo Map Quad: Mount Ritter This trip can be either a day hike, or a multi-day adventurefest of camping, fishing, hiking, mountaineering and more, so pack accordingly. Ediza Lake is one such gem. The trail traverses along the northern shore of Shadow Lake for half a mile. DAY 2: Total Miles – 7.7 miles. Backpacking Trip Info. Backpacking Ediza Lake | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd . Ediza Lake is a popular backpacking destination and one our favorite places we've been in the Sierra (John Muir too). The trail starts at the southwest end of the parking lot. Hikers can go north or south on the John Muir Trail or continue up Shadow Creek to Ediza and Iceberg Lakes. 1. Also, you have to take into account an extra mile or two hiking around the lakes to permitted campsites. Flickr photos, groups, and tags related to the "ediza" Flickr tag. After gaining close to 700-ft. in just under a mile the grade abates as the trail passes through a narrow gap between the rock face and the creek and emerges at the northeast shore of Shadow Lake (8,737-ft.), 3.9 miles from the trailhead. Beyond Ediza off-trail routes lead to Iceberg and Cecile Lake, tucked in deep granite bowls beneath the spires of the Minarets. Then follow the directions from Mammoth Lakes to the trailhead. The Lake Ediza Junction has several great spots to camp. Be sure to check the shuttle schedule so you leave ample time to return to the trailhead before the last bus leaves the valley. I tried grabbing onto some branches that were exposed from the chalky soil that was eroding away, probably from people trying to grab onto something. After we crossed the inlet of Garnet, the JMT followed the opposite edge of the lake before climbing up some switchbacks. After capturing some sunrise shots and having breakfast we bid goodbye to Ediza Lake and started our hike down to John Muir Trail. The creek is Iceberg Lake’s outlet stream. The latitude and longitude coordinates of Ediza Lake are 37.6850697, -119.1665501 and the approximate elevation is 9,272 feet (2,826 meters) above sea level. Pick a day full of promise and get an early start so you have plenty of time to lazy around the lake and admire the scenery. Dates: 8/26 - 8/27 Miles: 13 roundtrip (to very edge of the lake) Elevation Change: 2,586 ft Trail Type: Out and back Trailhead: Google Maps Permit Required: Yes for overnight backpacking (issued via Inyo NF), no for dayhiking Turn right on the Agnew Meadows Road (located at the hairpin curve). The route to Cecile Lake is more difficult, climbing the steep rocky headwall at the south end of Iceberg Lake. Junction of Shadow Lake with John Muir Trail. Distance from Trailhead: 13.4 miles (round trip) Ending/Highest Elevation: 9,265-ft. Elevation Gain: 1,225-ft. Hike down into a canyon to Olaine Lake and then take Shadow Creek Trail up to Shadow Lake and John Muir Trail. Banner Peak is the second tallest peak in the Ritter Range of California's Sierra Nevada. The southbound JMT turns left (south) at this point and crosses the lake’s inlet stream on a bridge. Banner Peak and Mount Ritter tower above the northwest end of the lake while the jagged spires of the Minarets frame the lake to the southwest. Elevation: 9,272 feet (2,826 meters) Ritter (13,143-ft.) and Banner Peak (12,936) dominate the skyline to the west. California's Southeastern Sierra. The use trail to Iceberg Lake follows the boot beaten path along Ediza’s eastern shore to the south end of the lake where the route climbs a moderately steep granite bench, staying to the east of pretty creek cascading down the hillside. Lake Ediza is located in a spectacular location at the headwaters of Shadow Creek set in the crown of Ritter and Banner Peaks and the Minarets. Views from the eastern shore of this alpine jewel are breathtaking. From Bishop: Drive north on Highway 395 for 38.8 miles to the Mammoth Lakes / Highway 203 exit. Continue straight ahead in the direction of Shadow Lake. nearby. Difficulty: Strenuous. Possibly a longer trek than AllTrails has specified (my recording had us at 27.3 miles). Follow Minaret Road for 4.2 miles to the Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center (Main Lodge) at the Mammoth Ski Resort. If you have visited Ediza Lake before, please tell us about it with a comment below. At 2.3 miles pass to the left (east) of the forested shores of Olaine Lake. The surroundings are spectacular and Ediza Lake is a great target for backpackers trekking in the Sierra. For the next 0.6 miles the trail follows the JMT ascending on gentle to moderate grades along the north side of Shadow Creek, passing waterfalls and pretty cascades along the way. Dogs: Yes. Not to mention the option to continue on to the incredible Iceburg Lake! From Mammoth Lakes: Drive 3.7 miles through town on Highway 203 and turn right on Minaret Road. Campsites are located on the western and northern side of the lake. Turn right on the River Trail toward Shadow Lake. Don’t be deceived, it is one bone-chilling, ice-cold, glacial lake. The JMT had a fair amount of traffic on it and we were passing people regularly. When to go: Late June to early October. Follow the dirt road for 0.4 miles to the second trailhead parking lot (on your left) and park. Permits: Required for overnight trips. 2 reviews of Ediza Lake "Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Mammoth Lakes Length: 13 total miles Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet Trail Type: Out-and-back Skill Level: An overall elevation gain of about 1,700 feet makes this a challenging hike. Total distance to Cecile Lake from Ediza Lake is 1.5 mile (8.3 miles from the trailhead) with a 974-ft. elevation gain (2,200-ft. elevation gain from the trailhead). (The trail to the right leads to 1,000 Island Lake.) Pass a spur trail to the campground, the boundary marker for the Ansel Adams Wilderness and reach a signed trail junction at 1.7 miles. Season: Late June through mid-October. However, the number of people you'll encounter on this hike is extremely low when you consider the setting, especially between Ediza Lake and Minaret Lake. Try to find a spot that will have long afternoon sun as some spots will fall under the shadow of the ridge to the west. When climbing aim for the point slightly to the east of Cecile’s outlet stream. Approx. Starting from Agnew Meadows near Mammoth Lakes, Ediza Lake is reachable on a rewarding full day hike of over 14 miles round trip with 1,250 feet of elevation change. Banner Peak is arguably the most picturesque peak in the Sierra Nevada. I was climbing up a steep slope without my trekking poles, I was wearing my backpack and there were a few people behind me. Distance: 15.6 miles, roundtrip (where you set up camp will vary your mileage slightly) Elevation Gain: 1,870 ft. Cecile’s setting is equally dramatic with the spires of the Minarets forming a perfect backdrop for this azure jewel. Starting Elevation: 8,100 ft. We took our time getting out of camp since we were only going ~7.5 miles to Ediza Lake and had minimal elevation change along the way. This lake is 26 acres in size. Elevation Gain: 1,772 feet. Ediza Lake is a true glacial lake. The GPS coordinates for this Lake are 37.6850697 (latitude), -119.1665501 (longitude) and the approximate elevation is 9,272 feet (2,826 meters) above sea level. It is possible to visit two small lakes, Iceberg (9,774-ft.) and Cecile (10,239-ft.), located to the south of Ediza. The USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) publishes a set of the most commonly used topographic maps of the U.S. called US Topo that are separated into rectangular quadrants that are printed at 22.75"x29" or larger. Cabin Lake; Iceberg Lake; Ediza Lake (Beautiful lake and wonderful surrounding scenery, including the Minarets. © HikingWalking.com. Pay the appropriate fee and then drive down Postpile Road for 2.7 miles. Be sure to start early so you'll have plenty of time to take photos with the amazing canyon views. Backpacking Ediza Lake: Hike Details. The mountain is 12,942 feet (3,945 m) tall, and there are several glaciers on its slopes. Ediza Lake is one of those perfect high elevation lake experiences – a jaw dropping backdrop, clean and beautiful water, granite formations to play on, surrounded by meadows and conifers. Lingering snow and ice can make the ascent quite challenging. To Ediza Lake. Distance: 7.8 miles (round trip) to Shadow Lake 13.4 miles (round trip) to Ediza Lake; Elevation: 8,322-ft. at Trailhead 8,737-ft. at Shadow Lake 9,265-ft. at Ediza Lake; Elevation Gain: 697-ft. to Shadow Lake 1,225-ft. to Ediza Lake ; Difficulty: strenuous; More Hikes in: Mammoth Lakes / Lee Vining / California's Southeastern Sierra No camping at Shadow Lake and some areas along Shadow Creek and Ediza Lake. See the Devil’s Postpile Shuttle Bus page for current schedules and fee information. There are some sunny campsites along the creek so try and snag one of those. Used as a base camp for many climbers). For the next 2.5 miles, the trail traverses open areas with low, deep green bushes, plenty of flowers, and spectacular views the entire way. If driving, continue on Minaret Road for 1.2 miles to the pay station. Ediza Lake California fishing map and location information: Ediza Lake is a Lake in Madera County, California and can be found on the Mount Ritter USGS topo map. Elevation: 8300 ft / 2530 m: Overview Located a few miles west of the bustling ski/vacation resort of Mammoth Lakes, the Agnew Meadows trailhead offers peace and quiet, quick access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the Sierra, as well as an easy approach to some of the range's most revered peaks. Feature Type: Lake. The elevation at camp is 7600 ft. Campsites range between $20-$23 , a second vehicle on the site is subject to a $7 per night fee , 6 people per site max as well . Head toward Ediza Lake "H" for the best position to climb Ritter and Banner Peak. Anyone who is interested in visiting Ediza Lake can print the free topographic map and street map using the link above. Duration: 7 to 8 hours, though 2 days is preferable. Mt. Length 13 mi Elevation gain 1774 ft Route type Out & back Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Walking Bird watching running Forest Lake Views Wildflowers Wildlife Bridge out Bugs Rocky Snow Closed We had our sights set on Ediza last September. The trail splits again with a really sharp right, but this takes you back up Agnew Meadows again. Ediza Lake is in the Lakes category for Madera County in the state of California. Just beyond the end of the lake the trail connects with and joins the John Muir Trail (JMT) heading northbound. Ansel Adams Wilderness Area, Inyo National Forest, near Mammoth Lakes in California's Southeastern Sierra. It’s also the perfect spot to grab lunch and/or cool off with a swim. Shortly after the junction cross the Middle Fork on a good bridge, 2.9 miles from the trailhead. No camping is allowed along the eastern shore. Hikers taking the Devil’s Postpile Shuttle Bus to the trailhead (see driving directions below) should get off the bus at stop #1, Agnew Meadows. The jaunt to Ediza is one of the most beautiful trails in the Ansel Adams Wilderness and needs an overnighter to fully appreciate. Just beyond the end of the lake the trail connects with and joins the … Lake Ediza. Lake Ediza is hidden in the back of the valley behind Shadow Lake. The trail now climbs moderately steep switchbacks up an exposed rocky hillside clad in sage brush and junipers, paralleling Shadow Creek. To 1,000 Island Lake. popular backpacking destination and one our favorite places we 've been in the state California. Photography by Julie Boyd Late June to early October the right leads to Reds Meadows. the (. 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