Matt Purciel Photography
Ediza Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness

Ediza Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness

Ediza Lake is arguably is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. The hike to the lake is just under seven miles with over 1,250 feet of elevation gain to Ediza Lake. While the trail is long, it is quite scenic, as you pass the scenic Shadow Lake and wander along the cascades of Shadow Creek. There were plenty of summer wildflowers to take in as well. Then finally you arrive at the opening of the granite bowl of Ediza Lake at 9,265 feet. From the eastern shore of this alpine tarn the view extends from the spires of the Minarets to the impressive massifs of Mount Ritter and Banner Peak.

We spent two night at Ediza Lake and I'm glad we did. On the dawn on the second morning there were glorious clouds in sky! As I positioned myself on my rock on the other side of the lake, I waited with camera in hand for the alpenglow to begin lighting up the jagged peaks of the Minarets. This was worth getting up at 5:30 AM for. This Ansel Adams Wilderness is one of the most scenic destinations I've ever backpacked in.