Banner Peak is arguably the most picturesque peak in the Sierra Nevada. DAY 2: Total Miles – 7.7 miles. The hike incorporates short sections of Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail. California's Southeastern Sierra. 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. We decided to head out early in an effort to hike as much as we can before the sun tires us down. Get off at Shuttle Stop #1, Agnew Meadows. 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. During the summer park in the day use or overnight parking lot and board the mandatory shuttle bus to the trailhead. This lake is 26 acres in size. Consider an extension to Iceberg Lake. The scenic lake is cradled in a deep granite bowl directly beneath the Minarets. If you have visited Ediza Lake before, please tell us about it with a comment below. From here, there are ups and downs, but a total of only about 500 feet of climbing. 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 (Heading left on the River Trail leads to Reds Meadows.) I was climbing up a steep slope without my trekking poles, I was wearing my backpack and there were a few people behind me. Cabin Lake; Iceberg Lake; Ediza Lake (Beautiful lake and wonderful surrounding scenery, including the Minarets. 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. Mammoth Lakes / Lee Vining, Region Information: 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. Ediza Lake to Thousand Island Lake. Hike down into a canyon to Olaine Lake and then take Shadow Creek Trail up to Shadow Lake and John Muir Trail. Openings in the forest provide nice views of Volcanic Ridge, rising to the south. 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. 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. Eventually, the PCT splits right to Agnew Meadows to gain elevation. After hours or in the fall you can drive to the trailhead. This trip can be either a day hike, or a multi-day adventurefest of camping, fishing, hiking, mountaineering and more, so pack accordingly. 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. Ediza Lake is one such gem. Ediza is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Ritter Range. 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. No camping at Shadow Lake and some areas along Shadow Creek and Ediza Lake. Views from the eastern shore of this alpine jewel are breathtaking. Head toward Ediza Lake "H" for the best position to climb Ritter and Banner Peak. The lake is cradled beneath the rugged ramparts of the Ritter Range. Just beyond the end of the lake the trail connects with and joins the John Muir Trail (JMT) heading northbound. 1. There are some sunny campsites along the creek so try and snag one of those. Ediza Lake is in the Lakes category for Madera County in the state of California. Basecamp(s) Information: Monday July 15, 2002 Hiking from the start at Agnew Meadows up to Lake Ediza at 9,300 feet elevation. Season: Late June through mid-October. Ediza Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness is one of the prettest hikes I’ve done by Mammoth Lakes, California. Cecile’s setting is equally dramatic with the spires of the Minarets forming a perfect backdrop for this azure jewel. nearby. Elevation change 1130ft. Shadow and Ediza Lakes are popular destinations so do not expect solitude on the trail or at the lakes. 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. Lake Ediza is hidden in the back of the valley behind Shadow Lake. Then follow the directions from Mammoth Lakes to the trailhead. 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