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.
Went to Edith with a buddy who fishes, and he got a 14" and a 13". Very tasty. No wonder fishermen love it.
The Laurel approach is the best, but I wouldn't describe some the cross-country in Kendrick as 'easy'. Some of it is straightforward slab-walking--nice stuff--but there are also some pretty brutal stretches of, for example, manzanita-covered talus. (Just ponder that for a moment.) It's well worth it, but keep in mind there will be thrashing. kendrick_tr.htm[/url].
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.
Thanks for the info! Much appreciated.
Actually, for direct approach to Edith(Edyth as incorrectly spelled on most maps), the easiest approach is via the gap in the Frog-Kendrick divide that is SSE of Edith (7680+). The second easiest way is from Laurel, crossing the divide but then staying fairly high on a bench above Kendrick Creek (a bit below 6800) until SSW of the lake downstream of Edith, then friction walking down slabs to the unnamed lake. This avoids most of the bushwhacking. I once went to Edith from Cherry Lake and it was heinous (this route followed the north side of Kendrick Creek---brush was simply amazing). On my last Edith visit we went via Laurel to the lake below Edith thence up the canyon to Edith. We then exited via the gap to Frog Creek and went to Bearup before heading back to HH. This was a very nice 4 day loop and we did it in early May 1992 in part to get tuned up to go bag Mt. Shasta. Speaking of fishing it is worth noting (if one cares about fishing) that many of the major lakes of the area are fishless: the fishless list includes Flora, Many Island, Boundary, Little Bear, Spotted Fawn, Inferno, among others. The remote trailless lakes of the area that have fish, such as Edith and the unnamed lake downstream of it have lots of nice rainbows that run to a good 17". So does Bearup (wouldn't put this in the same "remote" category as Edith). On the other hand, the fish are just as big in the lakes closer to the trailhead such as Laurel (perhaps the biggest fish of them all?), Vernon, and Kibbie. I agree that the Flora loop is nice off trail hiking, if one doesn't mind the lack of fish.