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Shadow and Ediza Lakes Trail

MODERATE 173 reviews
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Shadow and Ediza Lakes Trail is a 13 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,774 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

bugs

rocky

snow

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Ediza Lake by itself is an outstanding hike, but adding Iceberg Lake makes it even better. Early fall may be better than summer. I missed the incredible flower display, but there no bugs and the colors along the river and meadows were good enough. Being right under Ritter, Banner and the Minarets makes the views hard to beat.

hiking
18 days ago

Such a great hike. I have wanted to hike to Iceberg Lake for years. The views, especially Ediza and Iceberg are amazing. Big day hike 16 miles.

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful trail with rewarding views the entire length. I am 59, an avid hiker in pretty good shape, and I found it to be challenging (carrying a 30lb pack). My fitness tracker clocked the mileage at 8 to get to Ediza, with another 1-2 miles to get to a campsite. Mileage was confirmed on the way out so plan to hike farther than most of the online resources state. Terrain varies from sandy to packed dirt to rocks and granite, with elevation changes both gradual and steep. We hiked in September so water crossings were safe and fairly easy. Minimal mosquitos but nights were cold (27’). I think it was a perfect time of year to experience this great hike. Don’t miss Iceberg Lake - in my opinion, it’s the most beautiful of all. This is a fun and challenging hike, not to be missed!

backpacking
bugs
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing hike. First third is a grind but latter two thirds really pays off. Must get a permit for this one.

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This was a real nice trail especially once you make the big ascent up past the waterfall the trail and surroundings gets real nice it reminded me of Little Lakes Valley with all the forests and meadows with wildflowers but with the river running through most the trail and lake to lake. Shadow lake was nice but Ediza lake is the real nice one with a beautiful surrounding area.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike and beautiful lakes! I continued up to iceberg lake, Cecile lake, down to Minaret lake and then hiked out to devils postpile.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
1 month ago

Long trail for one day, but it's worth it. beautiful lakes

fishing
1 month ago

Amazing! Breathtaking views, streams, lakes and very doable for kids. My son flyfished most of the way and caught several wild rainbows and brown trout.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Would have been a 5* trail, but about .3 of a mile from Ediza Lake, a double log bridge ensuring a safe crossing of the fast moving creek has washed out. We went up the opposite side of the creek but it was a lot of scrambling and we turned back to be safe. Disappointed but it was a gorgeous hike anyway. Take the shuttle. The road out is very narrow and you’re competing with oncoming shuttle buses, so save yourself the hassle.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

July 8-12 2019...AMAZING ! Wow what a change from our trails in Tn. The views were jaw dropping. We caught a shuttle from the Mammoth Adv Ctr down to Agnew Meadows and picked up the Shadow trail up to beautiful Shadow Lake. We made a try for Ediza Lake but the snow bridge had collapsed,so we had to drop packs and do a bit of a “rock climb” up the right side to catch a glimpse of a mostly frozen lake. We decided to come back down the mtn and set up camp for the night. Next day we headed back down about .5 from Shadow Lake and found a nice spot well off the trail for the next two nights. We hiked down and caught a couple beautiful trout for dinner (see pics). I’m ready to go back already!

hiking
2 months ago

W Maddie Ilan Simón and harry

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Great trail with an amazing finish. The mosquitos were pretty gnarly though. Had to keep moving to keep them off me

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

We hiked about 8½ miles, hiking to the lake and beyond it to a trail junction with trail to Ediza Lake. One passes Olaine Lake on the way, and in the distance across the lake is a cascade of hundreds of feet. Spectacular was the raging outflow stream from Shadow Lake, which one enjoys on the hike in, mirrored by the raging inflow stream at the other end of the lake. On our July 30, 2019, visit -- lots of wildflowers in bloom (also, so many mosquitoes we wore our head nets throughout). BUT IT GETS BETTER: The next day we hiked the PCT north from Agnew Meadows. At perhaps 3½ miles you'll come to a spot where you look out on Shadow Lake (and its outlet stream), Minarets and miles of Sierras range. Breathtaking. (Multiple stream crossings, albeit none challenging on the day we were there.)

backpacking
bugs
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Great hike -- only bad part id the final mileage is a steady hike up and is somewhat sun exposed. Super views and, in a wet year like this, had plenty of water running -- it also meant snow at the pass to enter Ediza. We skirted over a boulder field on W side and found a site on the rock outcroppiing (fewer skeeter, views, no snow). Even though fires in this zone are prohibited, we saw several (also many w/o a permit, but that's another story).

hiking
2 months ago

We brought microspikes but did NOT need to use them as the sections of trail covered in snow were fairly short. However, we could not find a good places to cross the stream (where depicted on the map near Ediza lake) so we went off-trail and just stayed on the north side of Ediza lake, rather than going to the east side of the lake like the trail map shows. The lake was probably still 60-70% covered in ice. We recorded the round trip device on two separate iPhones running All Trails, and one of them showed 13.2 miles, while the other showed 14.1 miles. The whole hike took about 7 hours.

hiking
3 months ago

Great day hike not hard at all!! Beautiful views !! Not many hikers on the trail!! I hiked up to shadow lake and back a little over 8.5 miles

hiking
3 months ago

When it comes to reward vs effort, this hike is tough to beat. It’s long, but not at all difficult. We started at 7:20am on July 5. The waterfalls, creeks, and rivers are raging. Shadow Lake was perfectly still. The last 3/4 of a mile before Ediza requires GPS, as most of the trail is buried under snow. Amazingly, 90% of Ediza Lake is still frozen. The hike from Shadow to Ediza is gorgeous, so it’s still worthwhile to make the trek to the end. If you go to Ediza, try to find the logs to cross Shadow Creek. We (and nearly everyone else) crossed it using a snow bridge, but it is going to collapse sooner rather than later, and you don’t want to be the one on it when it falls.

hiking
3 months ago

July 5th, 2019 - great hike. Snow covered ground the last 1/2 mile which slowed me down. Easy until then.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

absolutely amazing, just did ediza and shadow 6/30/19 and then also went past ediza up to iceberg.

hiking
3 months ago

Looking to hike this trail in the next couple of days. Anyone have a recent update of the current conditions? Snow level?

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