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 PCT.

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 permitted.


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 Meadows.

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.