Over 7.3 miles with 1,250 feet of elevation changeSet out on River Trail from Agnew Meadows. Used as a base camp for many climbers). 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. 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. At 2.3 miles pass to the left (east) of the forested shores of Olaine Lake. (Heading left on the River Trail leads to Reds Meadows.) Hikers can go north or south on the John Muir Trail or continue up Shadow Creek to Ediza and Iceberg Lakes. From here, there are ups and downs, but a total of only about 500 feet of climbing. 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. Distance from Trailhead: 13.4 miles (round trip) Ending/Highest Elevation: 9,265-ft. Elevation Gain: 1,225-ft. 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. Cecile’s setting is equally dramatic with the spires of the Minarets forming a perfect backdrop for this azure jewel. 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. Elevation change 1130ft. © HikingWalking.com. DAY 2: Total Miles – 7.7 miles. The trailhead is at the southwest end of the parking lot. (The trail to the right leads to 1,000 Island Lake.) Don’t be deceived, it is one bone-chilling, ice-cold, glacial lake. Ediza Lake is in the Lakes category for Madera County in the state of California. The scenic lake is cradled in a deep granite bowl directly beneath the Minarets. Ediza Lake is located in Madera County, California. Our trail, the northbound JMT, continues straight ahead. Get off at Shuttle Stop #1, Agnew Meadows. This trip can be either a day hike, or a multi-day adventurefest of camping, fishing, hiking, mountaineering and more, so pack accordingly. 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. The mountain is 12,942 feet (3,945 m) tall, and there are several glaciers on its slopes. Openings in the forest provide nice views of Volcanic Ridge, rising to the south. Hike Type: Overnight Difficulty Level: Difficult Food Storage: There are two bear boxes at the Agnew Meadows trailhead. Ediza Lake is one such gem. Two: Ediza Lake to Garnet Lake: 5.4 miles +665 feet. Turn right on the Agnew Meadows Road (located at the hairpin curve). 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. Monday July 15, 2002 Hiking from the start at Agnew Meadows up to Lake Ediza at 9,300 feet elevation. Anyone who is interested in visiting Ediza Lake can print the free topographic map and street map using the link above. The jaunt to Ediza is one of the most beautiful trails in the Ansel Adams Wilderness and needs an overnighter to fully appreciate. No camping at Shadow Lake and some areas along Shadow Creek and Ediza Lake. All Rights Reserved. From Lee Vining: Drive south on Highway 395 for 25.3 miles to the Mammoth Lakes / Highway 203 exit. 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 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. 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 The JMT had a fair amount of traffic on it and we were passing people regularly. The trail now climbs moderately steep switchbacks up an exposed rocky hillside clad in sage brush and junipers, paralleling Shadow Creek. Mammoth Lakes / Lee Vining, Region Information: Follow the dirt road for 0.4 miles to the second trailhead parking lot (on your left) and park. Backpacking Trip Info. Lake Ediza. It is the second highest peak in the Ritter Range, very close to its bigger neighbor Mount Ritter, 200 feet taller. To get to Ediza Lake, we stay to the left where it becomes the River Trail. Ediza Lake is displayed on the Mount Ritter USGS quad topo map. I was climbing up a steep slope without my trekking poles, I was wearing my backpack and there were a few people behind me. California's Southeastern Sierra. Shortly after the junction cross the Middle Fork on a good bridge, 2.9 miles from the trailhead. This is where we camped when we climbed Mt Ritter's North Face Route. It’s also the perfect spot to grab lunch and/or cool off with a swim. Be sure to start early so you'll have plenty of time to take photos with the amazing canyon views. 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. Flickr photos, groups, and tags related to the "ediza" Flickr tag. Then follow the directions from Mammoth Lakes to the trailhead. The hike incorporates short sections of Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail. The trail starts at the southwest end of the parking lot. Ansel Adams Wilderness Area, Inyo National Forest, near Mammoth Lakes in California's Southeastern Sierra. Stay to the left again. It was 2.6 miles from the Thousand Lake junction to Garnet Lake up at 9680'. We followed the JMT to Garnet Lake. 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 The main climbing is now behind us. 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. 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. Feature Type: Lake. Ediza Lake is a popular backpacking destination and one our favorite places we've been in the Sierra (John Muir too). Permits: Required for overnight trips. To Ediza Lake. Take an upper section of Shadow Creek Trail up to Ediza Lake. If driving, continue on Minaret Road for 1.2 miles to the pay station. At 5.1 miles the trail splits. 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. We had our sights set on Ediza last September. If you have visited Ediza Lake before, please tell us about it with a comment below. 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). When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including . From Mammoth Lakes: Drive 3.7 miles through town on Highway 203 and turn right on Minaret Road. No camping is allowed along the eastern shore. 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. Walk around the south, then east shore of the lake to find camping spots. Walk up the dirt road to the second trailhead parking area. Distance from Trailhead: 7.8 miles (round trip). USGS Topo Map Quad: Mount Ritter After hours or in the fall you can drive to the trailhead. Banner Peak is the second tallest peak in the Ritter Range of California's Sierra Nevada. I made a hash-brown and egg scramble for breakfast, and we hit the trail by 9:30am. When climbing aim for the point slightly to the east of Cecile’s outlet stream. 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