Friday, April 10, 2009

Backpack to Lady Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness

If you are heading to Vandenberg Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, it is worth the few extra minutes it takes to get to Lady Lake. Nestled at the bass of Madera peak, it is a great staging area for a day hike to the top of serveral peaks including Madera, Sing, and Gale. Just watch out for the Marmots… I had one eat my favorite hat last time I was there!


Lady Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra National Forest, California


About 2 hours from Oakhurst. Take Beasore Road from Bass Lake for about 28 miles, all the way to the Fernandez trail head turn-off. The Fernandez trail head road is 2 miles long and dead-ends in the trail head parking area. A truck is recommended due to dirt roads and occasional bad road conditions but it is travelable by car.


5.25 miles. Average incline. Well marked trail. There are several ways to get there, and I do not recommend the Walden trail. I prefer to go via the Vandenberg Trail.


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