Also called the Minaret Creek Trail, this is a 6.5-mile (one way) hike that offers a moderate to difficult challenge up to 9,500 feet. Junction of Shadow Lake with John Muir Trail. The form instructed us to return at 11:00 am. We made breakfast and packed up. 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. In the morning, the skies had cleared-ish. Check out our latest lineup of hand painted longboards at our Lost Coast Longboarding Shop. The wind picked up and sleet turned to snow. An unexpected bonus prior to heading off the grid. The trail between Shadow Lake and Ediza Lake is some of the most scenic, passing through beautiful alpine meadows and a meandering Shadow Creek. Ediza Lake and Mt. Date Hiked: September 4-5, 2020 And once again, nature cleared our minds, filled our souls with joy, and put things into perspective. This hike visits this alpine jewel, passing beautiful Shadow Lake and a series of pretty waterfalls on Shadow Creek along the way. December: 18: … Permits Required: Yes; Mileage: 25 Miles(ish) Elevation Change: 2100+ feet; Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights; Parking: Small parking lot in Agnew Meadows (it fills up quick); or alternately take the bus into Devils Postpile from the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and get dropped off at stop #1. Everyone set up camp. Permits Required: Yes; Mileage: 25 Miles(ish) ... Ediza Lake. ... Ediza Lake was the highlight of the entire trip for all of us. For youth aged 14 and 15, the form that will be utilized is the CA-6. Follow this for about 8 miles, then turn right onto Agnew Meadows Road and continue another 0.4 miles to the parking area. The trail starts to ascend rather steeply but quickly rewarded us with a huge rushing waterfall that seemed to fall and fall! Take an upper section of Shadow Creek Trail up to Ediza Lake. 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. Not to mention the option to continue on to the incredible Iceburg Lake! No permits are required for day hikes, but are required for overnight trips through recreation.gov. I thought the ranger said on the phone that we could park at Starkweather Lake and hike in. Ediza Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness is one of the prettest hikes I’ve done by Mammoth Lakes, California. The first day was up the river trail, past Shadow Lake, to Lake Ediza. The gorgeous area of Mammoth Lakes is a great hub for everything outdoors. I was lucky enough to score permits out of Shadow Lake Trail heading over to Ediza Lake for the first weekend in June. At the Shadow Creek Trail, take the 1.6-mile detour west to a campsite by Ediza Lake. Not much further, about 3.9 miles from the trailhead, we reached Shadow Lake. Your travel plan, exit date and location identify the area you will visit. After we got set up, we climbed around on the granite playground near our camp spot and soaked in the views all around us. Cabin Lake; Iceberg Lake; Ediza Lake (Beautiful lake and wonderful surrounding scenery, including the Minarets. The Minarets, however, were still feeling pretty shy. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Ediza Lake. There is an endless supply of loops, out-and-backs, and point-to-point hikes that can be completed in the Ansel Adams Wilderness and Laura snagged us permits for the River Trail entrance. This step did not guarantee that we would get that permit. To get our permit for backpacking to Ediza Lake, we went to the Mammoth Lakes Ranger Station around 7:30 am the day before our trip. It is the second highest peak in the Ritter Range, very close to its bigger neighbor Mount Ritter, 200 feet taller. The trail starts along the PCT from Agnew Meadows, and less than a mile in, the PCT breaks off and you will continue to the right past the junction towards Shadow Lake. But more importantly, we were appreciative for all of the beauty that we encountered! Permits can be found at. We then signed up on a form that basically held our place in line and indicated the group leader, group size and our desired trailhead. Ediza Lake is only about 6 miles from Agnew Meadows, but as a weekend trip, it is hard to beat. This is the biggest gain in elevation for the day. People floated in and out of our tent. We parked at Starkweather Lake and then realized that we couldn’t actually connect to any trails. The Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center is fabulous and rents out bear canisters and also hands out the permits (see below). We found a rock jutting out into the clear blue water and we could tell it was deep so we took our packs off and jumped in! Ansel Adams Wilderness is the ancestral homeland of the Miwok, Paiute, and the Mono. The trail splits again with a really sharp right, but this takes you back up Agnew Meadows again. We took our packs off to go get a closer view and to let a group of mules pass. A percentage of the daily quota permits are available online at Recreation.gov. Backpacking Peeler Lake Loop in the Hoover Wilderness, Out of This World Views Atop Obsidian Dome, Backpacking Lassen Volcanic National Park, Total from Shadow Creek Trailhead to Iceburg Lake: 7.6 miles, Shadow Creek Trailhead to Shadow Lake: 3.9 miles, Shadow Creek Trailhead to Ediza Lake: 6.7, Thousand Islands Lake back to the Parking Area: 8.8, Day 1: Shadow Creek Trailhead to Ediza Lake: 6.7 miles (where we camped for the night), Day 2:Ediza Lake to Iceburg Lake and back: 2 miles (where we explored), Then Ediza Lake to Shadow Creek Trailhead: 6.7 (made it back to our car). The jaunt to Ediza is one of the most beautiful trails in the Ansel Adams Wilderness and needs an overnighter to fully appreciate. Required fields are marked *, Hello! And even more so because we thought we had already discovered Iceberg Lake down below! Our group retraced our steps back to the car. We followed the trail and scrambled across a rocky mountainside where we picked the trail back up. It was absolutely beautiful! A 50-unit campground is located in Kinaskan Lake Provincial Park, at the south end of the lake and adjacent to Highway 37. Campsites at Ediza are somewhat limited, with a no-camping zone near the outlet and around the left-hand side of the lake. Permits are issued through Inyo National Forest and can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov. Recreation.gov is your source for discovering and experiencing America's federal recreation activities and outdoor adventures. There are great views of Ediza present for almost the entire stretch. And, as if things weren’t perfect enough already, there were no mosquitoes up here! Thousand Island Lake, no camping within ¼ mile of the outlet. The plan was to head to Thousand Island Lake on the first night, Ediza Lake on the second, and Minaret Lake for the third and final night. Date Hiked: September 4-5, 2020. 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. There are some sunny campsites along the creek so try and snag one of those. Bear Canister: Yes. Current regulations and no-camping zones are posted along the trail. The plan was to head to Thousand Island Lake on the first night, Ediza Lake on the second, and Minaret Lake for the third and final night. Next there’s a steep climb up to a beautiful, clear river that passes through the woods and leads to Olaine Lake. Learn how your comment data is processed. Banner Peak is most photogenic from the northeast: it seems to be floating on the vast 2-mile w… Permit: Yes, for overnight trips. Quota of 30 people permitted to start overnight trips each day from May 1 to November 1 for the Shadow Creek trail. 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. Any suggestions for camping beyond the obvious? After we set off from Shadow Creek Trailhead, the trail crosses a stream and passes a nice green meadow. There are special restrictions in the area between Shadow Lake and Ediza Lake, designed to reduce impact in these highly used areas. Finally, the weather cleared enough for everyone to come out of their tents. Get up early for the sunrise reflection of the Minarets, all gold against still water, before returning to Agnew Meadows via the Shadow Creek and River Trails. From there, we hoped to be able to explore Iceberg Lake, then head over to Thousand Island Lake. There are some sunny campsites along the creek so try and snag one of those. Other: Campfire restrictions and Bear Can required ** In order to get to the trail head you have to ride a shuttle for $7. The Minarets stayed hidden behind the clouds, but it was enough of a break for everyone to cook dinner. =), We respect your privacy and we won't share your information. Outside of these hours you are allowed to drive up. The shuttle leaves from the Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center and departs at least every 45 minutes and costs $8 per adult each way. We live on the road full time while adventuring and creating hand painted longboards… Read more, Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on The Lost Longboarder blog! DAY 1: Total Miles ~8. The jaunt to Ediza is one of the most beautiful trails in the Ansel Adams Wilderness and needs an overnighter to fully appreciate. But to camp overnight, you'll need to obtain a permit like most spots in the Eastern Sierra. Any commercial air charter must hold a valid Park Use Permit to land (on water or grounds) ... Dease Lake, via Highways 16 and 37, is approximately 600 kilometres north of Terrace. The trail head is on the eastern slope of the Sierras. John Muir Wilderness. Banner Peak is arguably the most picturesque peak in the Sierra Nevada. If you drove and you leave between 7 am and 7 pm you will have to pay a $10 fee at the kiosk. It is absolutely stunning. It provides access to the depths of the Sierras and trails such as the infamous PCT and JMT, lakes abound and not to mention its proximity to the iconic Yosemite National Park. There is no cell service at Ediza Lake. And the trail started climbing out of the woods, becoming rocky and steep. Winter is coming. Rainbow Lake for a distance of 1/4 mile from the shoreline in all directions. permits required for overnight. Ritter Ediza Lake is only about 6 miles from Agnew Meadows, but as a weekend trip, it is hard to beat. If you approached Yosemite from the western slope, you could spend a few days there, cross over to the eastern slope via Tioga Pass, down to Mono Lake, and then south to Mammoth, which is near the trailhead. Difficulty: Moderate; the trail is well maintained with mostly mild ascents/descents and a few “obstacles”. If you plan on backpacking this route and camping in the wilderness, you'll need a permit. Was. The left climbs up to Shadow Lake. The trail then climbed out of the valley and follows a mild trail on the mountainside with great views in the direction we’re headed. A permit is required for any overnight trips and a trail quota is in place. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee for a commercial use permit. Map: Refer to this Interactive Map and this official map. Permit is valid for one continuous wilderness trip and may include crossing into adjacent national parks, Pacific Crest and … The 10,591 ft level gives you a good idea of the weather conditions at camping spots such as Thousand Island Lake, Garnet Lake, and Ediza Lake. As it got dark, everyone crawled back into their tents. On the opposite side of the lake, the Minarets tower well over a thousand feet above. June 1, 2015 “Gorgeous hike. So. Water available pretty much ed ntire trail EXCEPT Ediza junction to Garnet Lake, 2 miles steep uphill, bring water. The blue/green of the water contrasted so well with the towering, rugged granite peaks and walls. Ediza Lake Hiking Detail, hiking trail near Mammoth Lakes, California. I'm a full time adventurer with a day job. I immediately panicked because I really didn’t want to hike an extra three miles up to Minaret Vista on the way out. Thank you for supporting The Lost Longboarder! Check your permit or posted signs for areas indicating where you can and cannot camp. So we set our sights on up in the direction that we thought Iceburg Lake was and up we went. Tiene un lago y es calificado como moderado. We were glad that we didn’t dismiss it due to its popularity, as it really is stunning. This trip can be either a day hike, or a multi-day adventurefest of camping, fishing, hiking, mountaineering and more, so pack accordingly. There were huge waterfalls in the distance. After reaching Shadow Lake, it’s another three-ish mile climb, this time gradual and steady. If you leave before 7 am or after 7 pm you can exit as you please, with no fee. This is when we spoke with a ranger, decided on the entry point, where we’d set up camp each night, and where we’d exit. We decided to keep on exploring so we climbed higher up the granite, grass, and snow mountainside. Whether you’re spinning, baitcasting or fly fishing your chances of getting a bite here are good. We threw a few snowballs and started to get relief from the mosquitoes. On the website there is a $5 per person fee as well as a $6 fee for the online processing. Why Don’t They Look Like Me? From Dease Lake to Watson Lake is about 245 kilometres. Everyone climbed into their respective tents. Camping is restricted for many sections of this trail. Instead we hiked a couple of out and backs, camping at Ediza Lake and Rosalie Lake and day hiking to Iceberg. There is a decent sized parking area at the trailhead. Thank you! Permits: Permits are required for all overnight use. There are special restrictions in the area between Shadow Lake and Ediza Lake, designed to reduce impact in these highly used areas. Find inspiration for your future getaway with Michigan’s webcams and virtual visits.From scenic routes on the open road to rugged trails, from the snow-covered to the well-traveled, they all lead us to the beauty of nature and simple pleasures. Day use does not require a permit. (Note: if Agnew Meadows is closed, you can park at Upper Soda Springs Campground for no bushwhacking and instant access to the PCT.). I called the ranger station and they let me know that I didn’t have to hike all the way in from Minaret Vista. You don't need a permit to hike this is a day hike. From Ediza you can day hike to Iceberg Lake, or climb 13,000ft mountains. It is right at the tree line on a bench below the Minarets, and as a result it feels much more exposed and barren. The trail starts in Agnew Meadows campground in Mammoth Lakes, where you can park your car. Then sleet began to fall over our heads, causing us to hastily pack up. We watched as the clouds began to drift overhead. By the end of our trip, here’s how we broke up our time on this adventure: After a gorgeous overnight trip backpacking to Ediza Lake and Iceberg Lake we are so excited to see more and more beauty in the area. After we climbed around a bit we played some cards before eventually making our way back down. We’d planned on staying another night but the mosquitoes were relentless and after packing up camp we decided to just make the long haul back to the trailhead. What a breathtaking view! As we were letting the sun dry us and warm us up we saw a deer at the lakes’ inlet. In the distance, the clouds darkened and thunder rumbled. We climbed around on the granite nearby and enjoyed having nothing to swat at. You must fit in the Shadow Creek quota to go from Agnew Meadow to the Shadow Creek or Lake Ediza area. If you are planning on taking photos on your trek, Shadow Creek is a favorite for photographers. Garnet Lake, no camping within ¼ mile of the outlet. And actually, once you’re out on the trail you might even be thankful for the regulations and quotas in place. After coming back to reality we noticed a group of people down at the lake at the end of a trail. Please add your email below! I would definitely come back, if only to see the Minarets. You can obtain a permit online at Recreation.gov or attempt to get a walk-in permit at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center (Inyo National Forest Ranger Station). Everyone in the group must start on entry date and location on permit. Know Before You Go: Backpacking to Ediza Lake Permit Process Information: Permits: Permits are required for all overnight use. Ediza Lake was one of my most favorite trips this season with its unpredictable weather. This is what it’s all about…medicine for the soul. Shadow Lake was beautiful and a great place to stop for a break. But note that there are a few logistics to keep in mind when planning your adventure such as permits and mandatory shuttles. Distance: There are numerous options to consider when taking off from this trailhead but here are the mileages for our short trip: (Note: We love loops but this time it didn’t happen that way. I have a permit for a short loop hike out of shadow creek trail head June 22. Stay to the left again. The peaks in the distance started getting closer and bigger. Ediza Lake is a true glacial lake. During the busy season there are trail quotas in place. The John Muir Trail (and Pacific Crest Trail) passes through this wilderness, and it can be reached from both sides of the Sierra crest. It was our first chance to completely relax and let our guard down so we could thoroughly enjoy being in the moment. Be sure to check out the map and get creative when planning your backpacking trip. Oaf and I brought Uno Wilderness in case of being stuck in our tents with bad weather. Then, follow the trail up Shadow Creek until you reach the junction with the Ediza Lake Trail, and continue east. Lots of dayhikers to Shadow, Ediza and Thousand Island and narrow or rocky track passings. Popular Permit Options: High Trail (If you take the PCT to get to Thousand Island Lake); River Trail (If you take the JMT to get to Thousand Island Lake); Shadow Creek Trail (If you want to get to/camp at Ediza Lake and Shadow Lake and continue to loop around via the JMT to Thousand Lake after); Fish Creek (If you want to Garnet Lake, Ruby Lake, Emerald Lake, and Shadow Lake before … For those aged 16 and 17, the correct form is the CA-7. Wind continued throughout the night, but the worst of the bad weather was gone. Then just over the ridge, we saw the real Iceberg Lake! We camped on northwest side of the lake. To get to Ediza Lake, we stay to the left where it becomes the River Trail. Used as a base camp for many climbers). The snow was absolutely stunning. When to go: Late June to early October . Details on the hours and location of the Welcome Center can be found HERE. The Ansel Adams is located between Yosemite National Park and Mammoth Lakes. Walk around the south, then east shore of the lake to find camping spots. The permit system does keep the crowds somewhat in check but expect to see quite a few hikers. This is where we camped when we climbed Mt Ritter's North Face Route. The trail follows Shadow Creek until climbing into a spectacular alpine basin walled in by the massive rock outcrops of the Minarets, Mt Ritter and Banner Peak. Once the trail passes the shallow Olaine Lake on the left, you’ll reach another junction. 1. Eventually, the PCT splits right to Agnew Meadows to gain elevation. The views going up are great since a fire a few years back cleared out some of the trees, and the lake at the top is a classic small mountain lake.” Tim, Washington, DC. Itinerary. This permit is for trips staying one or more nights and is only valid to start on the date and trail identified on the permit. Iceberg Lake has a much different feel from Ediza. Groups cannot combine to exceed 15 people. We’re Shane and Katie, the authors behind The Lost Longboarder blog. DAY 1: 7.35 miles | 2:13 pm – 6:15 pm | Agnew Meadow Trailhead to Shadow Lake to Ediza Lake DAY 2: 7.88 miles | 9:08 am – 2:27 pm | Ediza Lake to Garnet Lake to Thousand Island Lake DAY 3: 8.5 miles | 9:42 am – 2:02 pm | Thousand Island Lake to Agnew Meadow Trailhead I did the Ediza Lake – Thousand Island Lake Loop, but there are dozens in the area, most of which pan out from Mammoth Lakes. Head toward Ediza Lake "H" for the best position to climb Ritter and Banner Peak. Day hikers do not need permits and can easily do it from Agnew Meadows in a day. Shadow Lake and Lake Ediza are extremely popular backpacking destinations, and camping restrictions apply. You can get information on these restrictions at the Ranger Station when you pick up your permit, and there are maps posted along the trail showing the restricted areas. 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