If driving, continue on Minaret Road for 1.2 miles to the pay station. No camping is allowed along the eastern shore. From Lee Vining: Drive south on Highway 395 for 25.3 miles to the Mammoth Lakes / Highway 203 exit. After we crossed the inlet of Garnet, the JMT followed the opposite edge of the lake before climbing up some switchbacks. Before long, you’ll arrive at Ediza Lake. Don’t be deceived, it is one bone-chilling, ice-cold, glacial lake. At 2.3 miles pass to the left (east) of the forested shores of Olaine Lake. When climbing aim for the point slightly to the east of Cecile’s outlet stream. The trail to the left heads toward Red’s Meadow and the Devil’s Postpile. There are some sunny campsites along the creek so try and snag one of those. 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). Walk up the dirt road to the second trailhead parking area. 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. 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. Permits: Required for overnight trips. 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. 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. Distance from Trailhead: 13.4 miles (round trip). It is a lengthy day hike, and an early start is … Continue straight ahead in the direction of Shadow Lake. Follow the trail as it skirts along the south side of a meadow and enters the trees, descending on a gentle grade. nearby. Distance from Trailhead: 7.8 miles (round trip). Ediza Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness is one of the prettest hikes I’ve done by Mammoth Lakes, California. Distance: 15.6 miles, roundtrip (where you set up camp will vary your mileage slightly) Elevation Gain: 1,870 ft. The JMT had a fair amount of traffic on it and we were passing people regularly. Cross Shadow Creek on a log bridge at 6.4 miles. At 2.7 miles the trail splits. 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. 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. Follow the dirt road for 0.4 miles to the second trailhead parking lot (on your left) and park. Camp near the west side of the lake (per national forest restrictions). Turn left (west) on the Shadow Lake Trail. Turn right on the Agnew Meadows Road (located at the hairpin curve). Season: Late June through mid-October. I made a hash-brown and egg scramble for breakfast, and we hit the trail by 9:30am. The trail traverses along the northern shore of Shadow Lake for half a mile. This lake is 26 acres in size. After hours or in the fall you can drive to the trailhead. Ashley (18), Grandpa Bob Johnson and Heather (13) with all their camping gear and ready to hit the trail from Agnew Meadows. Lake Ediza Vicinity, Elevation 9,333 ft. Last night I had an anxiety dream. Then follow the directions from Mammoth Lakes to the trailhead. 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. 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. The mountain is 12,942 feet (3,945 m) tall, and there are several glaciers on its slopes. Ediza Lake is one such gem. After capturing some sunrise shots and having breakfast we bid goodbye to Ediza Lake and started our hike down to John Muir Trail. Eventually, the PCT splits right to Agnew Meadows to gain elevation. 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. Get off at Shuttle Stop #1, Agnew Meadows. The route to Cecile Lake is more difficult, climbing the steep rocky headwall at the south end of Iceberg Lake. When to go: Late June to early October. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including . Ediza Lake is displayed on the Mount Ritter USGS quad topo map. Backpacking Ediza Lake: Hike Details. 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. Anyone who is interested in visiting Ediza Lake can print the free topographic map and street map using the link above. 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. DAY 2: Total Miles – 7.7 miles. I was climbing up a steep slope without my trekking poles, I was wearing my backpack and there were a few people behind me. 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. From Ediza you can day hike to Iceberg Lake, or climb 13,000ft mountains. Be sure to start early so you'll have plenty of time to take photos with the amazing canyon views. Basecamp(s) Information: 1. The Shadow Trail climbs past Shadow Lake to connect with the John Muir Trail. 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. Ediza Lake is displayed on the Mount Ritter USGS quad topo map. 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. Lake Ediza is hidden in the back of the valley behind Shadow Lake. Flickr photos, groups, and tags related to the "ediza" Flickr tag. 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. 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. Just beyond the end of the lake the trail connects with and joins the … 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. 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. USGS Topo Map Quad: Mount Ritter Consider an extension to Iceberg Lake. Approx. Mt. The southbound JMT turns left (south) at this point and crosses the lake’s inlet stream on a bridge. 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. Not to mention the option to continue on to the incredible Iceburg Lake! Near Olaine Lake the trails split. The hike incorporates short sections of Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail. See the Devil’s Postpile Shuttle Bus page for current schedules and fee information. Openings in the forest provide nice views of Volcanic Ridge, rising to the south. During the summer park in the day use or overnight parking lot and board the mandatory shuttle bus to the trailhead. The farther you venture the better the camp spots and views. From Bishop: Drive north on Highway 395 for 38.8 miles to the Mammoth Lakes / Highway 203 exit. 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. The surroundings are spectacular and Ediza Lake is a great target for backpackers trekking in the Sierra. Used as a base camp for many climbers). No camping at Shadow Lake and some areas along Shadow Creek and Ediza Lake. Cabin Lake; Iceberg Lake; Ediza Lake (Beautiful lake and wonderful surrounding scenery, including the Minarets. Head toward Ediza Lake "H" for the best position to climb Ritter and Banner Peak. Our trail to Ediza Lake continues ascending the scenic Shadow Creek Valley, wandering through meadows and forest beside the cascading stream. Over 7.3 miles with 1,250 feet of elevation changeSet out on River Trail from Agnew Meadows. From here, there are ups and downs, but a total of only about 500 feet of climbing. 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 . Campsites are located on the western and northern side of the lake. At Ediza you can only camp on the north/west of the lake, and at 1000 Island you cannot camp in the easternmost portion. Then follow the directions from Mammoth Lakes to the trailhead. Junction of Shadow Lake with John Muir Trail. The creek is Iceberg Lake’s outlet stream. Possibly a longer trek than AllTrails has specified (my recording had us at 27.3 miles). To get to Ediza Lake, we stay to the left where it becomes the River Trail. Ritter (13,143-ft.) and Banner Peak (12,936) dominate the skyline to the west. Cecile’s setting is equally dramatic with the spires of the Minarets forming a perfect backdrop for this azure jewel. Ediza Lake is covered by the Mount Ritter, CA US Topo Map quadrant Follow Minaret Road for 4.2 miles to the Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center (Main Lodge) at the Mammoth Ski Resort. The scenic lake is cradled in a deep granite bowl directly beneath the Minarets. 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. To Ediza Lake. Backpacking Ediza Lake | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd . Lingering snow and ice can make the ascent quite challenging. Turn right on the River Trail toward Shadow Lake. It is possible to visit two small lakes, Iceberg (9,774-ft.) and Cecile (10,239-ft.), located to the south of Ediza. This is where we camped when we climbed Mt Ritter's North Face Route. 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. Ediza is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Ritter Range. At 5.1 miles the trail splits. From Mammoth Lakes: Drive 3.7 miles through town on Highway 203 and turn right on Minaret Road. We followed the JMT to Garnet Lake. Ediza Lake is in the Lakes category for Madera County in the state of California. © HikingWalking.com. 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. Coordinates: 37.6850697°N, -119.1665501°W The trail now climbs moderately steep switchbacks up an exposed rocky hillside clad in sage brush and junipers, paralleling Shadow Creek. Two: Ediza Lake to Garnet Lake: 5.4 miles +665 feet. 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. Ediza Lake is a true glacial lake. (Heading left on the River Trail leads to Reds Meadows.) Just beyond the end of the lake the trail connects with and joins the John Muir Trail (JMT) heading northbound. The lake is cradled beneath the rugged ramparts of the Ritter Range. It was 2.6 miles from the Thousand Lake junction to Garnet Lake up at 9680'. Take an upper section of Shadow Creek Trail up to Ediza Lake. Views from the eastern shore of this alpine jewel are breathtaking. The main climbing is now behind us. Monday July 15, 2002 Hiking from the start at Agnew Meadows up to Lake Ediza at 9,300 feet elevation. Banner Peak is the second tallest peak in the Ritter Range of California's Sierra Nevada. Distance from Trailhead: 16.6 miles (round trip). It’s also the perfect spot to grab lunch and/or cool off with a swim. If you are planning on taking photos on your trek, Shadow Creek is a favorite for photographers. The trail traverses along the northern shore of Shadow Lake for half a mile. It is the second highest peak in the Ritter Range, very close to its bigger neighbor Mount Ritter, 200 feet taller. Difficulty: Strenuous. Shadow and Ediza Lakes are popular destinations so do not expect solitude on the trail or at the lakes. Beyond Ediza off-trail routes lead to Iceberg and Cecile Lake, tucked in deep granite bowls beneath the spires of the Minarets. Stay to the left again. Backpacking Trip Info. 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. 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. Duration: 7 to 8 hours, though 2 days is preferable. If you have visited Ediza Lake before, please tell us about it with a comment below. Feature Type: Lake. Pay the appropriate fee and then drive down Postpile Road for 2.7 miles. Dogs: Yes. You can continue north to Garnet Lake from here, or take a 2-mile detour to Ediza Lake by continuing west. 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 We had our sights set on Ediza last September. Ediza Lake. We decided to head out early in an effort to hike as much as we can before the sun tires us down. 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