Since everyone is now going to descend on poor little Edyth lake (Tongue in Cheek as well!) I wondered about an alternate route to reach it. In the Summer of 2008 I climbed Schofield Peak (See Border of Emmigrant and N. Yosemite Wilderness) from Otter Lake. I was able to clearly see Bearup lake from that vantage point. It seemed(always seems easy from a mountain top!) to me I could have continued off trail down to Bearup and thence to Edyth returning down Kerrick Canyon and up to Laurel Lake as described above. This would make a wonderful offtrail hike and almost guaranteed solitude since I have only run into 1 person off trail
in N. Yosemite in the past 10 years.
Anyhow, I have my hands full with this little 3100 mile hike this summer but that off trail hike from Otter to Edyth is definitely on my "bucket list".
A really cool Yosemite Park worker and a fella who was a Docent in the park both commended me the virtues of Edyth Lake. That Docent fella had the most amazing hand drawn routes on his topo maps I have ever seen!(I tried to sneak a look.. Let me say he knew his stuff!)
Well, now I've done it.. Let the cat out of the bag. I am sure the Sierra Club is gonna bring 10,000 folks down to Edyth now!
Actually I think anyplace even a mile offtrail is relatively safe in N. Yosemite cause there ain't that many folks in the area to begin with and they all seem to flock to Laurel, Vernon and to a lesser degree Tilden lakes. Which is great! Hey, Hike your own Hike!
We are so danged lucky to have Northern Yosemite Wilderness intact Tuolumne River not withstanding. I used to despise the dam.. Now I wonder if it has not discouraged the trampling of N. yosemite wilderness environs.
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