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. Distance from Trailhead: 13.4 miles (round trip) Ending/Highest Elevation: 9,265-ft. Elevation Gain: 1,225-ft. After capturing some sunrise shots and having breakfast we bid goodbye to Ediza Lake and started our hike down to John Muir Trail. 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). 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. 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. When climbing aim for the point slightly to the east of Cecile’s outlet stream. Near Olaine Lake the trails split. The route to Cecile Lake is more difficult, climbing the steep rocky headwall at the south end of Iceberg Lake. Campsites are located on the western and northern side of the lake. From here, there are ups and downs, but a total of only about 500 feet of climbing. The JMT had a fair amount of traffic on it and we were passing people regularly. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including . 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. Before long, you’ll arrive at Ediza Lake. Just beyond the end of the lake the trail connects with and joins the … If you have visited Ediza Lake before, please tell us about it with a comment below. 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. Lake Ediza Vicinity, Elevation 9,333 ft. Last night I had an anxiety dream. 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. Season: Late June through mid-October. California's Southeastern Sierra. 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. Cabin Lake; Iceberg Lake; Ediza Lake (Beautiful lake and wonderful surrounding scenery, including the Minarets. It’s also the perfect spot to grab lunch and/or cool off with a swim. 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. 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. This trip can be either a day hike, or a multi-day adventurefest of camping, fishing, hiking, mountaineering and more, so pack accordingly. Get off at Shuttle Stop #1, Agnew Meadows. If you are planning on taking photos on your trek, Shadow Creek is a favorite for photographers. At 2.7 miles the trail splits. 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. Just beyond the end of the lake the trail connects with and joins the John Muir Trail (JMT) heading northbound. The Lake Ediza Junction has several great spots to camp. Hikers can go north or south on the John Muir Trail or continue up Shadow Creek to Ediza and Iceberg Lakes. Copyright © Locality, LLC | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | About. Take an upper section of Shadow Creek Trail up to Ediza Lake. Banner Peak is arguably the most picturesque peak in the Sierra Nevada. (Heading left on the River Trail leads to Reds Meadows.) 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 Junction of Shadow Lake with John Muir Trail. Lake Ediza. Ediza Lake is a popular backpacking destination and one our favorite places we've been in the Sierra (John Muir too). 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 . After we crossed the inlet of Garnet, the JMT followed the opposite edge of the lake before climbing up some switchbacks. When to go: Late June to early 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. Ediza is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Ritter Range. Ediza Lake is in the Lakes category for Madera County in the state of California. 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. 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. Hike down into a canyon to Olaine Lake and then take Shadow Creek Trail up to Shadow Lake and John Muir Trail. 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. Coordinates: 37.6850697°N, -119.1665501°W Ediza 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. Distance from Trailhead: 7.8 miles (round trip). Ediza Lake is displayed on the Mount Ritter USGS quad topo map. 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. Lingering snow and ice can make the ascent quite challenging. We decided to head out early in an effort to hike as much as we can before the sun tires us down. To get to Ediza Lake, we stay to the left where it becomes the River Trail. Our trail to Ediza Lake continues ascending the scenic Shadow Creek Valley, wandering through meadows and forest beside the cascading stream. Elevation: 9,272 feet (2,826 meters) Camp near the west side of the lake (per national forest restrictions). 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 During the summer park in the day use or overnight parking lot and board the mandatory shuttle bus to the trailhead. Turn right on the River Trail toward Shadow Lake. If driving, continue on Minaret Road for 1.2 miles to the pay station. Eventually, the PCT splits right to Agnew Meadows to gain elevation. Walk around the south, then east shore of the lake to find camping spots. Turn right on the Agnew Meadows Road (located at the hairpin curve). 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. 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. The mountain is 12,942 feet (3,945 m) tall, and there are several glaciers on its slopes. The trail splits again with a really sharp right, but this takes you back up Agnew Meadows again. Used as a base camp for many climbers). Ediza Lake is located in Madera County, California. nearby. Mt. Also, you have to take into account an extra mile or two hiking around the lakes to permitted campsites. 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. I was climbing up a steep slope without my trekking poles, I was wearing my backpack and there were a few people behind me. The trail traverses along the northern shore of Shadow Lake for half a mile. The scenic lake is cradled in a deep granite bowl directly beneath the Minarets. Ansel Adams Wilderness Area, Inyo National Forest, near Mammoth Lakes in California's Southeastern Sierra. It was 2.6 miles from the Thousand Lake junction to Garnet Lake up at 9680'. Ediza Lake is covered by the Mount Ritter, CA US Topo Map quadrant Flickr photos, groups, and tags related to the "ediza" Flickr tag. Shortly after the junction cross the Middle Fork on a good bridge, 2.9 miles from the trailhead. Lake Ediza is hidden in the back of the valley behind Shadow Lake. Then follow the directions from Mammoth Lakes to the trailhead. The trail traverses along the northern shore of Shadow Lake for half a mile. Consider an extension to Iceberg Lake. Elevation change 1130ft. Ediza Lake is a true glacial lake. The farther you venture the better the camp spots and views. Walk up the dirt road to the second trailhead parking area. 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 I made a hash-brown and egg scramble for breakfast, and we hit the trail by 9:30am. 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. At 2.3 miles pass to the left (east) of the forested shores of Olaine Lake. The lake is cradled beneath the rugged ramparts of the Ritter Range. Ediza Lake to Thousand Island Lake. DAY 2: Total Miles – 7.7 miles. The hike incorporates short sections of Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail. Dogs: Yes. Stay to the left again. Mammoth Lakes / Lee Vining, Region Information: Openings in the forest provide nice views of Volcanic Ridge, rising to the south. The campground gives you a rural feeling , with the benefits of having stores , restaurants etc. Possibly a longer trek than AllTrails has specified (my recording had us at 27.3 miles). It is a lengthy day hike, and an early start is … Distance: 15.6 miles, roundtrip (where you set up camp will vary your mileage slightly) Elevation Gain: 1,870 ft. The trailhead is at the southwest end of the parking lot. There are some sunny campsites along the creek so try and snag one of those. Distance from Trailhead: 13.4 miles (round trip). Then follow the directions from Mammoth Lakes to the trailhead. At 5:04 pm, about 5.2 miles from the start, we reached the Garnet Lake/ Ediza Lake junction from the Shadow Lake trail. The surroundings are spectacular and Ediza Lake is a great target for backpackers trekking in the Sierra. Be sure to check the shuttle schedule so you leave ample time to return to the trailhead before the last bus leaves the valley. See the Devil’s Postpile Shuttle Bus page for current schedules and fee information. From Bishop: Drive north on Highway 395 for 38.8 miles to the Mammoth Lakes / Highway 203 exit. Feature Type: Lake. It is possible to visit two small lakes, Iceberg (9,774-ft.) and Cecile (10,239-ft.), located to the south of Ediza. Monday July 15, 2002 Hiking from the start at Agnew Meadows up to Lake Ediza at 9,300 feet elevation. Hike Type: Overnight Difficulty Level: Difficult Food Storage: There are two bear boxes at the Agnew Meadows trailhead. Beyond Ediza off-trail routes lead to Iceberg and Cecile Lake, tucked in deep granite bowls beneath the spires of the Minarets. 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. The Shadow Trail climbs past Shadow Lake to connect with the John Muir Trail. Duration: 7 to 8 hours, though 2 days is preferable. We followed the JMT to Garnet Lake. After hours or in the fall you can drive to the trailhead. This lake is 26 acres in size. Ediza Lake is displayed on the Mount Ritter USGS quad topo map. Views from the eastern shore of this alpine jewel are breathtaking. The trail now climbs moderately steep switchbacks up an exposed rocky hillside clad in sage brush and junipers, paralleling Shadow Creek. It is the second highest peak in the Ritter Range, very close to its bigger neighbor Mount Ritter, 200 feet taller. Anyone who is interested in visiting Ediza Lake can print the free topographic map and street map using the link above. No camping is allowed along the eastern shore. 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. 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. Ritter (13,143-ft.) and Banner Peak (12,936) dominate the skyline to the west. 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. 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. The trail starts at the southwest end of the parking lot. 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. Our trail, the northbound JMT, continues straight ahead. Over 7.3 miles with 1,250 feet of elevation changeSet out on River Trail from Agnew Meadows. At 5.1 miles the trail splits. The trail to the left heads toward Red’s Meadow and the Devil’s Postpile. 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