Iceberg lake, at an elevation of 9,700 ft. is crystal clear. I have never seen a clearer lake in all my life. You could see through her, down great depths to her very heart. The self-portrait snapped above shows this beauty best.
In these places, I always find that I ask myself the questions that really matter to me: What do I look for in the mountain heights? What is this vision of spiritual renewal, introspection, and hope? It is a glimpse of humanity living in peace with creation and creator.In the hight of summer, the Ansel Adams Wilderness is full of life. In the small clearings between trees and on the banks of streams, flowers blossom.
Hiking the Trail
If you ever hike this trail (and I hope you do), you will follow a stream up past four lakes to its headwaters. When you pass Ediza Lake, the trees thin out and the trail becomes an unmaintained "social trail." The absence of trees and the great hight provides stunning views in all directions, and the meadows, laced with small streams, are enchanting--almost mystical.
- The National Forest site provides a PDF with a description of the wilderness, including important information on regulations and permits for the area.
- Wikipedia (of course) has a little more information on the wilderness along with a wealth of links to other protected areas in California. Check it out for some great trip ideas.