Ansel Adams Wilderness

Jon and Chris do a fishing trip each summer, usually in the Bishop area. Since I want to get as much hiking and camping in as possible this year, I’m going to tag along and take Tessa on a girls trip after I drop Jon off with Chris.

Minaret Lake – 11 – 14 miles RT depending on what site you look at
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/minaret-lake

Get Permit here, up to 6 months in advance:
https://www.recreation.gov/entranceSearch.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=72203

Bear canister required

Day 0 – Leave work, drive to Bishop (confirm with Jon). Bishop is about 5 hours away.
Day 1 – drive from Bishop area to Mammoth (:45 – 1 hour). Go to Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center (Main Lodge) for long term parking and to board the mandatory shuttle to the trailhead. Trailhead = Shuttle stop #6 is Devils Postpile Visitor Center.

Shuttle bus info, $7 per person:
https://www.nps.gov/depo/planyourvisit/reds-meadow-and-devils-postpile-shuttle-information.htm

Hike to Minaret Lake (5.5 – 7 miles)

Day 2: Explore; check out Cecile Lake and Iceberg if safely accessible with dog.

Day 3: Hike out; drive to pickup Jon; drive home

 

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recreation/recarea/?recid=20540&actid=51

Possible Route:

Start @ Agnew Meadows
High Trail to Thousand Island Lakes (camp)
Fish Creek Trail (AKA John Muir Trail) then right onto Shadow Creek trail to go to Ediza Lake (possible camp depending on miles)
Shadow Creek trail back to JMT, turn right onto Minaret Lake Trail to Minaret Lake (camp?)
Minaret Lake trail back to Minaret Lake trail head

Another route idea for a longer trip:

https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/ediza-lake-thousand-island-lake-loop-ansel-adams-wilderness/

Another route idea, about 30 miles:

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/silver-lake-to-the-minarets-loop

 

Resources:

http://www.backpacker.com/trips/long-trails/pacific-crest-trail/thousand-island-lake-loop-california/

https://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/cs/main/!ut/p/z1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8zijQwgwNHCwN_DI8zPwBcqYKAfDlZggAM4GuhHEaMfj4Io_MaH60dhtSLMB2ECITMKckMjDDIdFQEHHRNG/dz/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/?position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&pname=Inyo%2520National%2520Forest-%2520Recreation%2520Passes%2520&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&ss=110504&pnavid=160000000000000&navid=160100000000000&ttype=main&cid=FSE_003756

http://sierrawild.gov/wilderness/ansel-adams

Maps:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5337626.pdf

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5337628.pdf

Trail Distances:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5412620.pdf

Campgrounds:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd486882.pdf

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