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2 Night trip out of Edison

Postby Fletch » Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:11 pm

Does anyone have a good suggestion for a two night trip out off Edison? I live about 3 hours away so I could leave early and still get in a decent first day on the trail. Basically looking for some high alpine views and maybe a little fishing. Thanks in advance.


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Re: 2 Night trip out of Edison

Postby maverick » Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:14 pm

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Re: 2 Night trip out of Edison

Postby balzaccom » Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:08 pm

If you wanted to do three days out of Edison

Graveyard Lakes for day one
Over the pass into Squaw and CHief Lake.
Day Three back over Silver pass to Edison

Or we did a nice out and back years ago early in the season---out to Laurel Creek on Day one, the up to Laurel/Grinnel Lakes on day two.. Day three is all downhill back to the ferry.
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Re: 2 Night trip out of Edison

Postby gary c. » Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:37 pm

I loved our hike to Devils Bathtub. The trail was not all that scenic but once at the lake it was beautiful and the fishing was good for brookies and bows. Somewhere on here is a report with pictures of my trip.
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Re: 2 Night trip out of Edison

Postby SSSdave » Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:00 am

I'll assume you are not too experienced, nor familiar with the topographic map of that zone, of average condition carrying average loads?

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=37.40597,-118.92721&z=13&t=T

From the Edison Vermillion Trailhead the only one night/2 day lake close enough for most backpackers of average condition carrying usual loads and on a trail is Devils Bathtub. For 2 nights/3 days Graveyard Lakes or Mott Lake or Bluejay Lakes are possible with the G Lks best. Beyond those waters, for those in average condition carrying average loads one really needs more days.
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Re: 2 Night trip out of Edison

Postby TehipiteTom » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:41 pm

I would lean toward Mott and/or Bluejay if the ferry is running (which it should be, since this isn't a drought year)--the ferry cuts off about 5 miles. My experience of Graveyard Lakes is that the main lake tends to be extremely crowded; Mott has its share of people too, but not as bad as Graveyard. Bluejay Lakes are less crowded than Mott. Two nights at Mott (or 1 at Mott, 1 at Bluejay) would give you a layover day to explore around Bighorn and Rosy Finch Lakes.

Or, if you're up for not-very-challenging cross-country...I did a pretty cool 3-day/2-night trip out of Edison. Day 1 up Bear Ridge to the JMT junction then off-trail to the lakes below Recess Peak; day 2 over to the lakes north of Volcanic Knob (what I call "One-Halfth Recess"); day 3 back to the trailhead. Trip report here.
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Re: 2 Night trip out of Edison

Postby Fletch » Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:27 pm

Thanks for the replies everyone. Great community here.
I would imagine that I'm in a pretty common category. I did quite a bit of hiking and backpacking as a youth. Now that my kids are getting older we've been doing a lot of car camping and hiking. I'm feeling the urge to get back out in the high country beyond car camping. I'd feel comfortable with Level 2 and even cross country as navigation has always come pretty natural to me.

Thanks for the trip suggestions on the 2 night trip. Graveyard Lakes looks like a good option. I was also thinking about an out and back up Mono Creek towards Mono pass with a diversion up one of the recesses. I would prefer to do a loop, but I think that will require extending the trip.


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Re: 2 Night trip out of Edison

Postby AaronRDavis » Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:28 pm

I once did a 2 night trip out of Edison. Well, technically I slept at the trailhead and got started at about 6am on the first day. Made it through Graveyard Lakes, then up and over a pretty straightforward Class 2 "Silver fox pass", eventually getting to Peter Pande Lake. It was a pretty tiring day, but then I enjoyed spending the whole next day with no pack, exploring the basin above Peter Pande. After the 2nd night, got another early start and made it back out to Edison by afternoon (a pretty gradual downhill the whole way made for a fast hike out). The night at the trailhead helped with acclimating. The day 1 hike would have been pretty rough after driving the 3 hours up to Edison.
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Re: 2 Night trip out of Edison

Postby maverick » Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:46 pm

Would also recommend the Devil's Bathtub, pretty lake with great views, but if you something a little more challenging, then go to Mott Lake and use it as a basecamp, and then go visit the pretty Blue Jay Lakes near-by.
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