The hike starts at beautiful Agnew Meadows just beyond the
pack station on the PCT trail, or as this section goes by,
the "River Trail". The first 1/2-mile is level
and shaded by Lodgepole pines.
After this short stretch you'll soon come to a fork. Continue
straight or right, heading in a northwest direction, and
begin descending a dry slope past a connector trail for
The dusty trail skirts by Olaine Lake on your left and then
levels off as it pass thru Aspens and Sagebrush until it
arrives at a bridged crossing for the San Joaquin River
at 2.5 miles from the trailhead.
From here, you cross over the river and begin a 600-foot
climb up rocky switchbacks to the outlet creek for lovely
Shadow Lake (no camping allowed) at the 3.6-mile mark. The
trail stays to the north shore of the lake and then begins
ascending next to Shadow Lake's inlet stream. Pass the signed
junction for the JMT that heads to Thousand Island Lake
on your right, and continue heading upstream on the beautiful
trail till you reach stunning Lake Ediza, 7-miles from the
trailhead at Agnew Meadows.
Camping is only allowed at the far (western) side of Lake
Ediza, north of the main inlet stream. No campfires are
Take Hwy 395, from either the north or south, and then head
west on Hwy 203 through the town of Mammoth Lakes.
At the second stoplight, turn right onto Minaret Rd. and
go 4.2 miles to the main lodge for the Mammoth Mountain
Ski Area. Park your car and go in the lodge and purchase
a ticket for the Mammoth Shuttle bus and take it to Agnew
You will find your trailhead just past the Pack Station.
Return on the shuttle bus back to your car at the Mammoth
Ski Lodge parking area.