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TR 5/20-23: Edyth Redux, Kendrick Creek Falls

Postby fourputt » Sat May 25, 2013 10:07 am

It's Edyth with a Y. Acting Park Superintendent "Major William W. Forsyth named the lake in 1910 for Edyth Nance, daughter of Colonel John T. Nance. (Farquhar.) The name was on the Dardanelles 30' maps as 'Edith Lake' from 1912 through 1947; the spelling was officially changed to 'Edyth' by a US Board on Geographical Names decision in 1932." (Browning.)

I've been thwarted from seeing the falls up close twice previously by heat and cold. viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7720

This time I opted for a safer approach. I'm getting too creaky for the rugged hike up Kendrick Creek from Laurel Lake; I still bear the mark of a spill in the thrice-accursed willow-aspen-talus section from last May where I "caught" myself ... but the pack kept going.

On Monday from Hetch Hetchy I hiked over Moraine Ridge towards Jack Main Canyon and camped by the trail at 7600'. I wanted an all-trail backout in case my back gave me trouble the first day. Many people I know with bad backs agree that backpacking is actually good for it.

Tuesday was very windy. I passed the tarns, crossed Frog Creek, and over the saddle to Edyth.

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A Mallard had met it's demise at the campsite leaving behind a chicken-sized egg that I would have assumed was from the supermarket had it not been for all the feathers.

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Wednesday was my dayhike to the falls. It was noticeably cooler. The ducked route up the canyon generally stays high to avoid the brushy cracks, but I first visited the inlet by surmounting cliffs at the lake shore with a move that would've given me pause with a full backpack. From the inlet, it's clear sailing up the crack that heads NE.

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Once up, the canyon becomes downright picturesque.

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The falls beckon.

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Here's a movie: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fourputt/8809843587/

I returned to camp via the ducked route that goes thru the main gully with a few brushy scrambles.

Thursday morning my bottle had ice. An immature Bald Eagle circled low over the lake a couple times and lit in a treetop across from me with a look on its face as if to share my thought, "Hey fish, when ya coming up?"

Fly fishing not being much of a prospect, I packed up and hiked back to the Hetch Hetchy backpackers campground by 6:30 p.m. -- a beer in the car sealed the decision to stay the night at the campground.

Happy hiking folks.
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Re: TR 5/20-23: Edyth Redux, Kendrick Creek Falls

Postby maverick » Sat May 25, 2013 11:59 am

Fourputt wrote:
[Anyone know what's up with the flickr photo links using rimg /rimg ?]

In a previous post TT wrote the following about posting from flickr see if this helps
if not then contact flickr.

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links back to the photo page on Flickr, plus "[image name] by [your name]" with a
link back to your photostream (I just cut that part out as unnecessary, but if you
want it it's there).
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Re: TR 5/20-23: Edyth Redux, Kendrick Creek Falls

Postby cgundersen » Sat May 25, 2013 12:40 pm

fourputt,
Wow, great early season trip and thanks for the photos. Simply clicking on them brought up each shot, but maybe that won't work for everyone.
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Re: TR 5/20-23: Edyth Redux, Kendrick Creek Falls

Postby fourputt » Sat May 25, 2013 1:50 pm

I had to find the the "..//farm8.staticflickr.com/.." address to get the public viewing to work. the HTML/BBCode wasn't doing it. flickr has changed a buncha stuff.
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Re: TR 5/20-23: Edyth Redux, Kendrick Creek Falls

Postby jessegooddog » Sat May 25, 2013 2:32 pm

The egg by the duck feathers may indicate it was the female, they often have a patch of blue on the wing. I wonder who ate the other dozen or so eggs?
After I clicked on a few of the ? to go to the flicker pages (great photos!), the rest started coming up on the HST page.
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Re: TR 5/20-23: Edyth Redux, Kendrick Creek Falls

Postby rlown » Sat May 25, 2013 2:37 pm

I'd bet it was a hen. Sad..

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=htt ... AA&dur=303

Nice pics, fourputt!
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Re: TR 5/20-23: Edyth Redux, Kendrick Creek Falls

Postby fourputt » Sat May 25, 2013 3:18 pm

Just checked Nat. Geo. Birds of N. Am. and yes, females have blue on secondaries(?) Explains all the mottled brown feathers too.

Don't know about the other carnivore, but suffice to say I was not temped by a sun-baked duck egg.
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Re: TR 5/20-23: Edyth Redux, Kendrick Creek Falls

Postby giantbrookie » Sat May 25, 2013 7:37 pm

Thanks for the report and great photos of one of the wildest and most spectacular area in the Sierra. There is something very special about views of Kendrick Creek falls and Nance Peak's amazing south wall towering over Edyth Lake.
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: TR 5/20-23: Edyth Redux, Kendrick Creek Falls

Postby TehipiteTom » Tue May 28, 2013 8:47 am

Great trip report, spectacular photos. Now I'm almost tempted to return to Edyth and try to see the falls up close and personal.
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Re: TR 5/20-23: Edyth Redux, Kendrick Creek Falls

Postby sparky » Tue May 28, 2013 8:54 am

This is the trip I tried to do in April....but turned around because of some weird shoulder pain. I appreciate living vicariously through your pictures though!! Thanks for sharing :thumbsup:
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Re: TR 5/20-23: Edyth Redux, Kendrick Creek Falls

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Tue May 28, 2013 9:55 am

I was in the same area at the same time doing the Vernon Lake loop with a noob. I was a bit worried because Wednesday and Thursday had forecasts for lows at about 20 f and highs at about 41 f (due to a cold front passing through), but these temperatures never materialized. It was somewhat chilly and breezy at times, but nothing I was not prepared for. One night in particular was pretty cold, but nothing special. In that area, a bit too cool is better than a bit too hot. A good trip none-the-less.

I have long plotted going to those falls, but never gotten around to it. Thanks for the TR and pixs!
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Re: TR 5/20-23: Edyth Redux, Kendrick Creek Falls

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue May 28, 2013 11:06 am

Cool to see some pics of what I should expect next week. Hopefully I can climb up the falls to the right.
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