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Garnet lake / Thousand Island lake trail conditions

Postby abhijitaparadh » Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:34 am

Hi,

Just wanted to check if trail to Garnet lake from Devils Postpile is clear of snow yet. I checked online on Inyo NF and Ansel Adams Wilderness website, but couldnt find any concrete info about it.

We plan to do the Garnet lake hike in one day starting around 5am from Devils Postpile. Is it recommended to be done in 1 day?

Any other tips?

Thanks in advance...



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Re: Garnet lake / Thousand Island lake trail conditions

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:46 am

No snow. A hike from DPM would be way to long, even from Agnew Meadow it
would be a long 11.2 mile hike via the River Trail.
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Re: Garnet lake / Thousand Island lake trail conditions

Postby abhijitaparadh » Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:05 pm

Thanks maverick.

Sorry for not providing all details before.

We are ok with class 1 terrain, not experienced with x-country or technical climbing. Would like to avoid river crossing, snow crossing etc unless its absolutely necessary.
Not comfortable with camping outside esp in bear territory.

We have done long day hikes and are pretty comfortable with that (Half Dome, white mountain, Mt Whitney etc).

We are from SF bay area, so probably we are thinking drive to Mammoth Lakes on Friday evening after work, hike on Saturday and drive back on Sunday.

Thanks for your suggestions.
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Re: Garnet lake / Thousand Island lake trail conditions

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:10 pm

Will you be staying at one of the campsites down near DPM or on Mammoth?

Either way, if you can get a very early start you could hike to Garnet via the
River Trail, then use the trail that goes toward Altna/Garnet which also
follows the outlet creek of Garnet Lake.

This is a less strenuous climb than the Shadow Lake Trail route if one was going
to do this trip clockwise.

From Garnet head down the JMT to Lake Ediza Trail, and go visit beautiful
Lake Ediza (it will be the highlight of your trip), and then to back to Agnew
Meadow via the Shadow Lake Trail, a total of 17.3 Miles.

Get a Tom Harrison Map "Mammoth High Country" Trail Map.
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Re: Garnet lake / Thousand Island lake trail conditions

Postby abhijitaparadh » Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:36 pm

We were planning to stay in Mammoth lake town.

We can even do just Garnet lake and back all by River trail, if that would cut down on mileage.
And do Ediza lake on a separate time. Or do just Ediza lake this time and back all by Shadow creek trail, if Ediza is more scenic than Garnet.
We first had Garnet lake in mind because I have seen a lot of beautiful pictures of Garnet lake. Havent heard about Ediza lake until you mentioned it just now :D

I found this pretty informative map of the area, in case anyone else is planning to go that side.
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 337626.pdf
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Re: Garnet lake / Thousand Island lake trail conditions

Postby abhijitaparadh » Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:45 pm

Another thing,
do we need a permit if we plan to do a day hike?
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Re: Garnet lake / Thousand Island lake trail conditions

Postby abhijitaparadh » Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:49 pm

And found this one more document with distances and some description

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 412612.pdf
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Re: Garnet lake / Thousand Island lake trail conditions

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:00 pm

No permit needed. Use the search feature for TR to Ediza, or check out these
photo's to see why it is considered one of the prettiest in the Sierra: https://www.google.com/search?q=lake+ed ... 72&bih=877
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Re: Garnet lake / Thousand Island lake trail conditions

Postby rsm333 » Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:33 am

Garnet is good, but Ediza is better, IMO. It will be a full day, but do-able.
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Re: Garnet lake / Thousand Island lake trail conditions

Postby Hobbes » Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:59 am

rsm333 wrote:Garnet is good, but Ediza is better, IMO. It will be a full day, but do-able.


We're going to do the day hike from Agnew to Garnet via the River trail, then return via the Shadow trail in August.

I've got both the Tom Harris & FS maps with distances, but I've found them to be (slightly to moderately) inaccurate. If you really want to know precise locations & mileages, you might want to check out the Half-mile PCT maps. Half-mile (his trail name) and a few others have hiked the entire PCT loaded with GPS and other telemetry transponders.

While it of course is oriented towards the PCT, significant spur trails used for side-trips, resupplies or alternate routes are also included. That means Mt Whitney, Kearsarge & Bishop passes, and the entire Mammoth/Reds/Agnew area where the JMT & PCT run side-by-side.

You can download the KML file for Google Earth here:
http://www.pctmap.net/google/

I think you will be amazed at the amount & degree of data for the Garnet/TI region, including water, campsites, etc.

PS You'll also see the actual physical route of the trail vs the original mappings based on aerial photos & rulers.
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Re: Garnet lake / Thousand Island lake trail conditions

Postby abhijitaparadh » Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:09 am

Thanks for all the info.

Looks like we will be heading out there this weekend. Plan to do Garnet lake and back all by river trail (day hike). Will definitely post pictures and a TR.
Once we get a bit of experience in backpacking, we plan to backpack to Ediza lake and Iceberg lake.

How much is the distance from Ediza to Iceberg? Just for curiosity.
Is it doable in one day? Agnew Meadows - Ediza - Iceberg - Back to Agnew meadows

Also,
since we plan to start around 5am from Agnew Meadows trailhead, and we will be staying in Mammoth lakes village, can we drive to the trailhead in our own car? Or we have to take the bus starting at 6am?
What is best recommended way to get to Agnew Meadows from Mammoth Lakes town around 5am?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Garnet lake / Thousand Island lake trail conditions

Postby Shawn » Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:27 pm

How much is the distance from Ediza to Iceberg? Just for curiosity.
Is it doable in one day? Agnew Meadows - Ediza - Iceberg - Back to Agnew meadows

It's about one mile from Ediza to Iceberg. An average hiker could hike from Agnew Meadows to Iceberg and back with daylight to spare. Of course everything depends on fitness level and experience. YMMV.

Also,
since we plan to start around 5am from Agnew Meadows trailhead, and we will be staying in Mammoth lakes village, can we drive to the trailhead in our own car? Or we have to take the bus starting at 6am?


If you enter BEFORE 7AM then you can drive your car to the trailhead. The "toll booth" is open from 7AM to 7PM. Between those two times the only normal access is via the bus.

What is best recommended way to get to Agnew Meadows from Mammoth Lakes town around 5am?


Take Main Street (hwy 203) and make a right on Minaret Road (also hwy 203). Keep going past the Mammoth Mountain ski area towards Minaret Vista. As you approach the Minaret Vista road you will see the toll booth. Proceed straight ahead and follow the signs to Agnew Meadows.
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