Mt. Ritter, in the Sierra Nevada Range, California


The prior two posts showed, first, Mt. Ritter, and, next, the Minarets, to the south. I hiked in this area in 2010, in the company of my son Ethan, and grandkids Andrew and Quin. These mountains are included in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Ansel Adams was the most famous photographer of the Sierras. Another (even more) famous Sierra name is John Muir, and the John Muir Trail traverses the area. As mentioned in the first post on the subject, John Muir was the first to climb Mt. Ritter. In his book “The Mountains of California” he describes an exciting few minutes he had on the north face.

We approached the area from a trailhead found along the road from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to Reds Meadows and Devil’s Postpile NM. The trail descends to the San Joaquin river, and follows it upstream to where Shadow Creek enters from the west. Steep switchbacks parallel the cascades of this creek, and end at the outlet of Shadow Lake. Easier terrain then leads westward up the valley in the direction Ediza Lake. We camped across Shadow Creek the first night, and continued to Ediza Lake the next day for our base camp.

Here are a few photos of the area. The rest can be found in my Flickr collection: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevenrichardmiller/sets/72157626576470613/

You don't see a juniper this big anywhere but in the Sierra Nevada

You don’t see a juniper this big anywhere but in the Sierra Nevada

The cascades of Shadow Creek

The cascades of Shadow Creek

We camped across Shadow Creek the first night

We camped across Shadow Creek the first night

Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel

Penstemon

Penstemon

Mt. Ritter on the left, Banner Peak on the right

Mt. Ritter on the left, Banner Peak on the right

Ritter and Banner

Ritter and Banner

Sculpted snow edge

Sculpted snow edge

Partially melted pond

Partially melted pond

Me and Quin

Me and Quin

On the way out, crossing a creek that feeds Ediza Lake

On the way out, crossing a creek that feeds Ediza Lake

 

 

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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3 Responses to Mt. Ritter, in the Sierra Nevada Range, California

  1. Jackson says:

    Great stuff, Steve! That waterfall photo is badass. My grandparents honeymooned at Ediza Lake in the ’30s, and one of the Minarets (Ken) is named for my grandfather. It’s an amazing area, even considered in the greater context of the Sierra.

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