Kennedy Lake is a small lake located around 7800′ in the Emigrant Wilderness, roughly 7 miles from the Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station on Highway 108. Refer to the previous page “Reaching the Lakes” for a description of the hike to ge to the off-trail section at the base of the mountain. The information provided on this website is done so without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The route via Lower & Upper Lewis Lakes and the drainage begins in Kennedy Meadows off 108 near Sonora Pass. The 7-mile hike from Kennedy Meadows to Kennedy Lake is one of the classic overnight backpacking outings in the Emigrant Wilderness.The trail follows the river out of Kennedy Meadows, climbing along the old construction road used to build Relief Dam in the early 19th Century. I like the challenge of the incline on the way to Relief Reservoir but it was still really doable. Emigrant Lake - Key Facts. The restaurant is open all afternoon for a late lunch if needed. The actual trail enters the Emigrant Wilderness at the end of the meadow. Click RED DOTS for Trail Guide Info: Trail Guide Index. Lots of horses on the trail. Although the trail is 5 miles longer (18 miles altogether), it takes you up beautiful Lunch Meadow and past magnificent Emigrant Lake along the way. very pleasant hike otherwise. The trail is easy to follow, but the lake is a little farther out than you'd think. Lots of nice sights along the way. Smedberg Lake: After crossing the 10,160' elevation of Benson Pass, the trail drops down to Smedberg Lake, about 23 miles from the trailhead.Smedberg is an excellent fishery for rainbows that were planted from 1934 to 1972. The dramatic north face towers 3,000' above Kennedy Lake, and it is, I believe, the most scenic peak within the Emigrant. Day trips into the Emigrant Wilderness are convenient from the Kennedy Meadows trailhead. 189 Acres at 7246' elevation. Kennedy Lake has become a classic destination in the Emigrant Wilderness. Elevation: 6,300' - 9,400' Most backpackers take two days to make the 13-mile hike from the Kennedy Meadows trailhead to Emigrant Lake deep in the Emigrant Wilderness. The weather was at the high of 70 degrees so it was a little warm. Kennedy Lake Backpack Trail Beautiful Scenery and Excellent Fishing . They also have a store and a cafe. Komoot user Traveler recorded a hike: CA, Emigrant Wilderness 1️⃣: Kennedy Meadows - Relief Reservoir ⛰️ 2020.08.20. Hike to above Relief Reservoir. Do not take the trail towards Kennedy Lake! The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. We drove to the trailhead on Friday night, arriving around 7pm. Option to stay in Upper Relief Lakes. Worth the climb. I spent my first night in a hammock. - http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/us395 <- Rivers, bridges, creeks, cave, dam, beautiful reservoir . The trails accessing Emigrant Wilderness through Leavitt Meadow and Leavitt Lake trail heads on the East flank are well complimented by the network of trails running off the Clarks Fork Road and through Kennedy Meadows on the West Flank. Kennedy Meadows Pack Station. Kennedy Lake Trailhead - Kennedy Meadows Kennedy Meadows is 50 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108. If we had another day, we would've either gone up the second day or done a day trip but with limited time, we hiked back down the second day. Kennedy Meadows to Bond Pass . The trail was sandy with lots of horse traffic and poop. - http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr108 <- Lots of great camping site around the reservoir. From here the trail ambles through forest and chaparral, crossing over seasonal streams, and providing occasional glimpses of meadows and mountainsides. When you get to the trail Y, keep right until you reach the old boiler section. The map displayed above is for illustrative purposes only. My feeling is that 2020 is a special year and If I hike far enough I will eventually find some space. Can anyone comment on Kennedy Meadows to Emigrant Lake as a first time backpacking hike for me and my 15yo daughter? We turned right here on the smaller trail, through the gully and up the other side. Directions are available on the Kennedy Meadows Resort web site. The river was raging. The resort offers rustic cabins, bunk rooms, a supply store, a restaurant, a saloon, hot showers for rent, free public rest rooms, and they also operate a large pack station (horses/mules). The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail runs for over 26 miles within the Carson-Iceberg. From there we follow a dirt road which takes us to the wilderness boundary. The trailhead parking lot is a half mile before the end of the road at the Kennedy Meadows Resort, both of which were humming on 4th July. There was some streams from snow run off that you can cool off with. This first day would be a meander through Kennedy Meadows, up past Sheep Camp, over Brown Bear Pass, finishing at High Emigrant Lake if all went well. MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 7/22/11 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION - MOTORISTS ARE SUBJECT Kennedy Meadows is 50 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108. Soaring peaks cradle the lake on three sides while acres of lush meadow spread at its foot. There is ample free parking and several campsites on the drive up in case the trailhead is full. The Kennedy Meadows trail forks to the left, climbing up a dusty trail, before flattening out after a crossing a bridge at the entrance to the valley. The Kennedy Meadows trailhead is located on the west side of the Sonora Pass and provides access to the Emigrant Wilderness Area from the north. During your hike, you will have about a 1500 foot elevation gain. and spent about an hour there at the first point you can go down (at the large rusted pipe) to get water (need to take packs off for the last bit to scramble a little). These free permits are required year-round. Trails around resevoir were very confusing and didnt always coincide with the maps. Every effort is made to provide accurate and up to date information, but we cannot be responsible Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station A - Summit Creek B - Kennedy Lake C - Lower Relief Valley D - Upper Relief Valley E - Emigrant Meadow F - Emigrant Lake G - Snow Lake H - Maxwell Lake I - Upper Twin Lake J - Bigelow Lake K - Buck Lake L - Dorothy Lake M - Huckleberry Lake N - Tilden Lake O - Benson Lake Kennedy Meadows is located approximately 60 miles East of Sonora, nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Located 57 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108, Kennedy Meadows Resort is open from late April until early October. Not the 6.1 miles that the app says. An alternate route to Buck Lakes begins at the Kennedy Meadows trailhead high on Sonora Pass. Map WEST. After Kennedy Meadows the trail entered Emigrant Wilderness and soon after that into Yosemite National Park. Highway 108 to Bensen Lake . Kennedy peak consists of red and black volcanic rock and sits at the eastern most conclusion of an alpine cirque that surrounds Soda Canyon. State Route 108 (from the Central Valley) 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 7.8 MI EAST OF Once you conquer going up, the downhill is much more relaxed. Kennedy Meadows Pack Station is also an excellent starting point for short local backpacking loops and trailhead to traihead hikes across and around the Emigrant Wilderness as well as being a vital rest and resupply stop during our long distance thru-hikes on both the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trail routes. Kennedy Meadows is 50 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108. Location: Emigrant Wilderness, Tuolumne County Trailhead: Kennedy Meadows, elevation 6,300 feet Highest point on the trail: Mosquito Pass, 9,360 feet Emigrant Lake elevation: 8,825 feet Elevation Gain: 3,060 feet Hiking Distance: 14 miles Best seasons: Mid-summer through fall Campsites: Pleasant sites at either end of the lake, a few along the north shore Find excellent fishing in the Clark Fork, Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir. The Kennedy Meadows Trailhead. Mid week was perfect, not a lot of people on the trail. A fantastic hike with beautiful views all the the way up. A great hike with a lot of beautiful sights to see. Some hikers drive up to the resort and drop their packs and most of their party close to the actual beginning of the trail before returning to park their car. Emigrant Lake Trailhead: Kennedy Meadows Distance: 13 miles Elevation: 6,300' - 9,400' Most backpackers take two days to make the 13-mile hike from the Kennedy Meadows trailhead to Emigrant Lake deep in the Emigrant Wilderness.A camp near Emigrant Lake makes a great base for exploring nearby lakes such as Buck Lakes, Long Lake, Huckleberry Lake, or Big Lake, or climbing peaks like … This area is great for trout fishing, horseback riding and of course backpacking. It is 3.5 miles from the trailhead (to the north side of the lake, almost 5 miles to the south shore) with a 1000 foot gain.Easiest access to the lake is to hike past the dam to Grouse Creek, just past the creek you will find a small path to the left that will take you to the Relief Reservoir shoreline. It is a popular destination for vacationers, anglers, hunters, horsemen, and hikers heading into the Emigrant Wilderness. Sonora Pass. Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir Trail ist ein 6.1 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Pinecrest, Kalifornien. Carried the toddler in the pack. for errors or changes that may have occurred since publication. Kennedy Meadows in the early season is lush and green and surrounded by snow capped mountains and ridges. Emigrant Wilderness – Kennedy Meadows to Ridge Lake, July 27-29. Relief Reservoir to Emigrant Lake, 9.8 miles Hike past Saucer Meadow and up a steep climb to Sheep Camp. Nice steady uphill hike to lake. SR 108 Really sandy too for much of the trail. Bring plenty of water a hat for protection because there is little shade. A little to cold for swimming but perfect to dip your feet in. Off-Trail Granite Above Yellowhammer Lake - Emigrant Wilderness The climb from Yellowhammer to Leighton Lake had some wonderful granite slabs, as well as endless views toward Yosemite. On trail, we will climb 700 feet to Emigrant Meadow Lake. Kennedy Meadows is located approximately 60 miles East of Sonora, nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Cross the dam and try your luck from the rocks along the north shore. I am not terribly worried about crowds. Love the views, the river, the high Sierra environs. Come and stay with us at the resort, go for a day ride, or let us pack you into the Emigrant Wilderness, Carson Iceberg Wilderness, or northern Yosemite National Park. NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA. We can see many fine "lollypops," trailhead to trailhead, and grand backpacking loop possibilities in the web of interconnected trails stretched across the Emigrant … We started around 10am and it was already getting hot. The ice cold beer at the store when we got back was a great reward Most definitely recommend this hike. On this trip you will experience one of the most scenic and remote sections of the Tahoe-Yosemite Trail, walking with only a day pack from Kennedy Meadows through the Emigrant Wilderness and the Northern Yosemite backcountry to Tuolumne Meadows. If you want a quiet hike choose a week day. We had a wonderful time. The original Kennedy Meadows lodge was erected in 1917. Dogs are also able to use this trail. I have made two previous trips to this area. This section went through Mokelumne Wilderness and Carson Iceberg Wilderness before droping into Northern Kennedy Meadows for a resupply. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Starting at Kennedy Meadows you will travel through the Emigrant Wilderness stopping at places like Emigrant Meadow Lake and Snow Lake before crossing into Yosemite National Park. You can see Sonora Peak and Leavit Peak as you walk along the river. Not too crowded on a Thursday afternoon and recommend turning right after the second bridge (wooden one) as it's a much easier on joints than the left steep stone stairs. Campfires are prohibited in the Emigrant Wilderness above 9000 feet and within one-half mile of Emigrant Lake to protect sensitive whitebark pine forests and to allow recovery of areas historically depleted of firewood. But worth the views. By 1890 snow had collapsed the original buildings. We spoke with other hikers on the way down and they noted there are some online resources that describe the best off trail route to Ridge Lake from Summit Creek. 2. Parking. The trail starts out simple enough. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. We started Saturday morning with the intention to get to Ridge Lake in one day. The views were beautiful. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Choice to use NF parking lot, or pay at Kennedy Store (puts you 1/2 mile closer to trailhead). - 7/21/11 8:19 PM PDT <- Backpackers will want to experience the southern Sierra Nevada on this beautiful stretch of PCT. Had tried it on a weekend and the crowd was overwhelming. This page goes into more detail on the off-trail routes to each lake. PCT: CA Section J - Sonora Pass to Echo Lake, Pacific Crest Trail: Sonora Pass to Latopie Lake, Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir Loop Trail, Disaster Creek Trail: Iceberg Meadow to Paradise Valley, Carson-Iceberg Backpacking Loop: Golden Canyon, Elder Creek, Disaster Creek, Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir Trail. We would say it’s moderately hard. Kennedy Meadows, Trailhead for Emigrant Lake. Gianelli Cabin is a very popular summer time trailhead in the Emigrant Wilderness. It's hard to beat Pinecrest Lake for boating and fishing. all maps: Weather. Map. The trailhead area includes Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station as well as two National Forest campgrounds. But when the breeze kicked in, it was nice. [IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA] On the main trail, the three main spots for water are Relief Reservoir (slight detour), Grouse Creek (was flowing in late august but unsure about other times), and Summit Creek. Relief Reservoir Hike - Map and Trail Information, Kennedy Lake Hike - Map and Trail Information, Emigrant Lake Hike - Map and Trail Information. Find excellent fishing in the Clark Fork, Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir. It was beautiful. Having started my drive well before dawn, I arrived at the trailhead just after nine in the morning. Tie it All Up Beautiful views and river crossings. That's a nice little trip. a lot of bang for the buck! Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Campfires are prohibited in the Mokelumne Wilderness above 8000 feet and within ¼ mile of the high water line (3949 feet) at Salt Springs Reservoir. The Kennedy Meadows Trailhead An alternate route to Buck Lakes begins at the Kennedy Meadows trailhead high on Sonora Pass. Schematic Trail Map. Kennedy Meadows off Highway 108 near Sonora Pass is a popular gathering place for campers, hikers, horseback riders, and anglers. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/kennedy-lake-trail I don’t have the best of knees so they were definitely swollen when we got back to Kennedy Meadows. Solid hike. Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total) Forums are supported by our merchant partners . . Great waterfalls and granite walls...and then you come to the reservoir! Great beginner backpacking for families. Campsites are better at Blackbird Lake or beyond Emigrant Meadow Lake. All in all, it's a beautiful trail. June 2, 2020. The Kennedy Meadows trailhead and campground is a good place to begin a trip into the Sierra Nevada because the PCT’s steady ascent northward allows you to acclimate relatively slowly to higher altitudes. It’s a great spot for a lunch and a swim. The climb was a challenge for me but around every corner there was something beautiful to behold. It is a popular destination for vacationers, anglers, hunters, horsemen, and hikers heading into the Emigrant Wilderness. Emigrant Lake. Saddle up for a trail ride at Kennedy Meadows or Aspen Meadows. My first trip to the Sierras this year was on July 4th for an overnight stay in Emigrant Wilderness. Kennedy Lake and the land around Kennedy Meadows were claimed by Andrew Thomas Kennedy of Knights Ferry and William E. Lutz in the mid-1880s. After crossing the first bridge you will begin a steep ascent up an old construction road. It’s 1.9 miles each way to the bridge over the South Fork of the Kern River. Have a beer when you finish. A fire several years ago burned the original resort, but it was rebuilt and open for business within a year. Once you get to the sharp right, there is no trail and you need to scramble quite a bit up granite boulders to keep going in the general direction that is shown on the app (note: it's a straight line so definitely not a real path). I have made two previous trips to this area. Many visitors use the local campgrounds or the resort as their base and head out to try their luck on the South Fork of the Stanislaus River.Great catches are made all along the river from around Baker and Deadman campgrounds all the way up to Kennedy Meadows. ... folks camped on the far side of the lake so I chose to camp in a small depression near the incoming trail from Emigrant Meadow lake. It was busy over 4th of July weekend but that is to be expected. The trailhead area includes Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station as well as two National Forest campgrounds. Home › Forums › Campfire › Post-Trip Reports › Emigrant Wilderness – Kennedy Meadows to Ridge Lake, July 27-29. NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA. For complete information about camping and recreation in the Sonora Pass area, see Sonora Pass Vacations. Emigrant Wilderness. It offers a much higher starting point than the nearby trailheads of Crabtree(7100ft) and Bell Meadows(6500ft). Emigrant Meadow Lake sits in a large open basin with 360-degree views. Amazing to look out over the reservoir with snow capped mountains at the top. On the first day, I pulled a rookie move, left Kennedy Meadows at around noon and suffered heat exhaustion. Kennedy Meadows to Granite Dome is a 20.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult.