Lake Ediza at dawn with the Minaretts in the background.





 DESCRIPTION                        reported by Johnathan Behr

  The hike from Agnew Meadows to Lake Ediza is unquestionably one of California's most scenic backpacking trips. Magnificent vistas abound on this moderately strenuous trek into the Ansel Adams Wilderness. If you crave classic alpine scenery filled with jagged peaks, sparkling lakes, lush meadows, roaring creeks and wildflowers galore, this trip delivers big time.

The prime time to enjoy this Eden of the Sierra is from mid-July through August if want wildflowers. The last week of September into the first week of October offers up a fantastic display off fall color. Whatever time you choose, expect to be blown away by the awe-inspiring beauty and make sure to protect it by practicing low-impact camping.

This is one of the most coveted wilderness permits to get in the prime backpacking season, so if solitude is what you are after, there are far more lonelier spots in the Sierra to head for. The permit system does keep the crowds somewhat in check but expect to see quite a few hikers.

Some of the Sierra's most beautiful physical landmarks such as Mount Ritter, Mount Banner, the Minarets and stunning Lake Ediza are the highlights of this amazing backpack and are the reason why hikers flock here summer after summer.

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