Well OK! But that would be 14.5 miles, 6843 feet of gain and 2335 feet of loss.
Hey DoyleWdonehoo isn't the above elevation gain for the entire trip? Or is it really just till the lakes near Tiltill mountain?
No, that is just to the lakes near Tiltill Mountain. This counts all the ups and downs. It might be a little conservative. Topo! would say more. Harrison says more miles. I think my tools are more accurate.
...3 lakes north of Kendrick Creek about 3/4ers of the way to Edith Lake from Lake Eleanor...
I would get to Edith Lake and the downstream lakes (fishermen love it) not from Eleanor Lake, but from Laurel Lake north where it is easy cross-country.
The Branigans are a good early season place to visit which can be easily reached in a day.
Well, maybe not "easily" in a day
, but it is a good destination, in particular the very nice largest Branigan Lake, looking good at the outlet with a wood at the NW shore for possible camping. The other lakes are on the pleasant OK side of things.
Thompson and Stubblefield Canyons are a good cross country warm up trip to.
Funny, I was just looking into them only recently...
I'm doing a Many Island/Spotted Fawn/Flora loop Memorial Day...
Flora Lake is the real jewel with one of the best camps in the Sierra. There is a few trick ways to getting into Many Island Lakes, one of my favorite early season destinations (once the stubborn snow on Kibbie Ridge is gone). With a good topo, doing the Flora loop is very nice. There is some trail left above Flora (going towards Kibbie), but don't be fooled by that tree laying the length of the trail when the trail takes a sudden right.