Ediza Lake

Bishop, California

Ediza Lake

Ediza Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"If we had to pick a favorite hike in the 2 million acres that encompass Inyo National Forest, the jaunt to Ediza Lake would be at the top of the list. Its alpine scenery is so spectacular you will wish for one more layover day to explore surrounding peaks, fish, swim, and appreciate the awe that Ansel Adams experienced while photographing this inspiring wilderness now named in his honor."

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Camp Pendleton, CA
Explorer | 30 pts
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We had a great time! bring plenty of water!! This was only my second hike I have done. I wish I would brought camping equipment and stayed the night. It was so beautiful there I didn't want to leave. I have the bug now, heading to REI to buy some gear.
Ocean Beach, CA
Pathfinder | 80 pts
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It is seven miles from Agnew Meadows trailhead to the lake. So, 14 mile round trip. I backpacked in on a Friday and out on a Sunday. The trail is excellent and well improved. When you approach lake take the trail to the left to go around the East side of the lake. I went to the West and ended up climbing on six foot bolders with my 55 lb pack (camera gear weights a lot!). Camping is currently only allowed on West side of lake and to the South. Plenty of places to pitch a tent. There are many easy day hikes from here to other lakes (Iceberg is just a mile or so up the hill.). Ediza is a BEAUTIFUL lake and you can see photos of it here that I've uploaded or on my site www.viewbyness.com.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking The Sierra Nevada (Falcon Guides)
Barry Parr
"In a region of exceptionally stunning lakes, Shadow and Ediza are two of the loveliest. Both harbor views of the Ritter Range that are among the finest mountain landscapes in the Sierra Nevada. Rolling through green meadows, conifer forests, and rocky outcrops, the trail rises by gradual degrees up the valley of Shadow Creek in view of Volcanic Ridge, to the left (south). Some stretches have been finessed through rocky benches by the vigorous application of picks, shovels, and maybe a surgical stick or two of dynamite. The best of company, frolicsome Shadow Creek entertains us with music and assorted pretty little tricks, including a very clever cascade around an island of polished granite." Read more

Trail Information

Nearby City
2,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 days
Best early July to early October
7,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,500 feet
Top Elevation
Inyo National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Mammoth Mountain, Mt. Ritter
Local Maps