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/