The climb was a challenge for me but around every corner there was something beautiful to behold. NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA. 08/22/2020 - I agree the hike is moderate. Solid hike. Kennedy Lake Trail Emigrant Wilderness. After the second bridge you can take the horse trail to the right, or the stairs straight up. This is also a great location for day hiking and swimming! The views were beautiful. The biggest downside is that the trail is used by a lot of horses so you have to constantly dodge horse poop. I spent my first night in a hammock. Main Backpacking Features Hiking East from the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail up the Western Sierra Flank to Kennedy Lake South of Kennedy Meadows Pack Station opens up much more that a short spur trail to a beautiful lake between the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails. The Emigrant is most easily accessible from Hwy 108, with many visitors entering from near Pinecrest Lake or Kennedy Meadows. Kennedy Meadows Pack Station Kennedy Meadows Pack Station knows every mile of the trails through the Emigrant Wilderness. [IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] Kennedy built a cabin, which still stands today, where the resort is now located. The trail is easy to follow, but the lake is a little farther out than you'd think. Red Tape Overnight permits are required for the Emigrant Wilderness and the areas around it. Located only a few miles East of Dodge Ridge ski area and Lake Pinecrest it is a popular place for both dayhikes and overnights of all lengths. It was beautiful. This area is great for trout fishing, horseback riding and of course backpacking. Regardless of destination, this section of trail involves detailed route finding based on topography. Bonus: There is a general store by the trailhead at Kennedy Meadows for a cold beer after the hike! Kennedy Meadows is 50 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108. Sonora Pass is seasonal, also check SR 108 above That's a nice little trip. Kennedy Meadows is located approximately 60 miles East of Sonora, nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We saw some overnight hikers but the trail is wide and it's easy to keep your distance. Gianelli Cabin trailhead near Burst Rock is another favorite starting point. Worth the climb. This 9th edition of Sierra North, written with Kathy Morey and It is considered the best hiking guide available for the region. We were doing this around 4pm after about 3,000 ft of elevation under the sun. Intense. For complete information about camping and recreation in the Sonora Pass area, see Sonora Pass Vacations. There was some streams from snow run off that you can cool off with. 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. Great payoff for a relatively short hike. They also have a store and a cafe. They can pack you and your gear into an Emigrant Lake base camp. The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail South from Kennedy Meadows to Brown Bear Pass is one long steady Climb. Thomas Winnett's Sierra Northhas a section on hikes which begin at the the Kennedy Meadows trailhead. very pleasant hike otherwise. If you want a quiet hike choose a week day. A great hike with a lot of beautiful sights to see. Having started my drive well before dawn, I arrived at the trailhead just after nine in the morning. Route finding up from the valley to the lake may involve some Class 3 scrambling. Bond Pass (South TYT) 9720 feet. The trailhead is located at the end of the parking area for the Kennedy Meadows Resort. This page goes into more detail on the off-trail routes to each lake. Rivers, bridges, creeks, cave, dam, beautiful reservoir . Technically most of the campsites are FFS but we didn't have an issue finding a site (may have been because of the major fires that week). 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. It is a popular destination for vacationers, anglers, hunters, horsemen, and hikers heading into the Emigrant Wilderness. Closer to 9 miles if you go to the water past the creek. We will definitely be back for a full three day trip (camp near grouse creek/end of reservoir on the first night, go up to ridge lake for night 2, and come back on the third day). The reservoir was by far the most stunning part of our trip and we wished we could have spent more time there. From the south, the wilderness is accessible from Cherry Lake, along the border with Yosemite National Park. But worth the views. 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). You can see Sonora Peak and Leavit Peak as you walk along the river. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. be careful of the excessive Horse Manure, We stumbled upon this trail while riding up North From Los Banos. 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. They have cabins for rent. Emigrant Wilderness, Kennedy Lake trek. Great beginner backpacking for families. From the resort, cross the meadow to the first bridge and then begin a steep climb along an old road used to build Relief Dam in the early 1900s. Trail map, trip description, camping spots, photos, fishing guide, wilderness permits. Only a single-day's hike from the trailhead, it is easily done as a weekend trip. But overall a really nice day hike! There is ample free parking and several campsites on the drive up in case the trailhead is full. Trips are available starting end of May through first part of October. NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA. About 10.3 miles from the trailhead.Jewelry Lake: 4.2 acre lake at 8399' elevation. Lots of horses on the trail. Lodging is available at Kennedy Meadows Resort. NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA. Trails from there wind out through Lake Valley and off toward Buck Lakes. Option to stay in Upper Relief Lakes. Every effort is made to provide accurate and up to date information, but we cannot be responsible U.S. Route 395 (from the Eastern Sierras) Not the 6.1 miles that the app says. r/backpacking. More lodging can be found back down the road at Dardanelle Resort. Other campgrounds are found back around Dardanelle. We drove to the trailhead on Friday night, arriving around 7pm. June 2, 2020. It’s uphill most of the way there, with downhill being a bit slippery in the sand on the way back. 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. This will dump you out at a good vista over the lake and dam. MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 7/22/11 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION - MOTORISTS ARE SUBJECT LONG BARN TO 6 MI EAST OF STRAWBERRY (TUOLUMNE CO) FROM 0700 HRS TO 1700 HRS A little to cold for swimming but perfect to dip your feet in. We started Saturday morning with the intention to get to Ridge Lake in one day. Lake is fishless.Deer Lake: 19 acre lake at 8461' elevation. After about 0.7 miles we decided to turn back and camp at Summit Creek instead. The smoke was terrible when I took a bathroom break in Sonora, but by the time I got to Kennedy Meadows, there was nothing but clear blue sky. Two National Forest campgrounds are situated close to Kennedy Meadows. TO DELAYS OF UP TO 15 MINUTES 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). There are restrooms and water as well as facilities to aid with horses. Fishing is good in the lake and even better along Kennedy Creek. Hike to above Relief Reservoir. Kennedy Peak is reached via an easy 8 mile hike from the Kennedy Meadows trailhead, located off of CA Highway 108, just west of the Sonora Pass. Great waterfalls and granite walls...and then you come to the reservoir! Choice to use NF parking lot, or pay at Kennedy Store (puts you 1/2 mile closer to trailhead). Kennedy Lake offers excellent lake and stream fishing for predominately German Brown Trout. The most beautiful and pristine blue water you will see. It was busy over 4th of July weekend but that is to be expected. The trail proceeds slightly above and to the north of Summit Creek. From here the trail ambles through forest and chaparral, crossing over seasonal streams, and providing occasional glimpses of meadows and mountainsides. [IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA] I have made two previous trips to this area. 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. One way is not significantly better than the other. We hiked up the reservoir (which is gorgeous!) 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. Hike from Kennedy Meadows to Lower Relief Valley in the Emigrant Wilderness. The original Kennedy Meadows lodge was erected in 1917. US 395 We turned right here on the smaller trail, through the gully and up the other side. We camped at a site next to the trailhead. . Hike to above Relief Reservoir. 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 We then hiked up to where there is a sharp right on the trail in AllTrails at Summit Creek. Amazing to look out over the reservoir with snow capped mountains at the top. The trailhead area includes Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station as well as two National Forest campgrounds. 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. Groups are limited to 15 people. Rumor is you can park up past the restaurant if you're a day hiker. 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. I like the challenge of the incline on the way to Relief Reservoir but it was still really doable. 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. It is a popular destination for vacationers, anglers, hunters, horsemen, and hikers heading into the Emigrant Wilderness. - http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr108 <- Directions are available on the Kennedy Meadows Resort web site. Trail Guide, Section TYT Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows. Dogs are also able to use this trail. We park in the designated hiking parking area which adds roughly .75 miles to the hike. When you get to the trail Y, keep right until you reach the old boiler section. But when the breeze kicked in, it was nice. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are … Great trail! I really was impressed. We did pass a few groups that went from Ridge Lake all the way down in a day. A trailhead parking lot is located about a quarter mile before you arrive at the resort. Enter at Kennedy Meadows. Trails around resevoir were very confusing and didnt always coincide with the maps. The lake is beautiful, we bouldered down to the water and sat for a while there. We almost abandoned the hike because our 3 yo was tapped out after about 4 miles. 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. We started around 10am and it was already getting hot. 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. Emigrant Meadow Lake junction 9440 feet. Soaring peaks cradle the lake on three sides while acres of lush meadow spread at its foot. Be sure to bring a bear canister. Once you conquer going up, the downhill is much more relaxed. Up hill all the way to the lake without a lot of shade so be prepared with some sunscreen, hat & water. Road Map North Sierra Trans Sierra Highways The trail was sandy with lots of horse traffic and poop. Turn right and climb to Mosquito Pass before descending to Emigrant Lake. The climb up can be a bit hot by late morning, not a lot of protection from the sun. State Route 108 (from the Central Valley) 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 lazy rivers were my favorite. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/kennedy-lake-trail The hike between Emigrant Lake and Lunch Meadow is incredible; probably the highlight of the route. - 7/21/11 8:19 PM PDT <- Big Sam (North to PCT) 10825 feet. Start from Kennedy Meadows trailhead, off of Highway 108. This turned out to be a nice, 'early season' hike. . may have been made. All in all, it's a beautiful trail. Mostly up uphill but it was great ! Cascading waterfalls, rushing rivers, wood bridges, towering rock faces and sweeping views of the reservoir and the tops of the Sierras were some of the highlights. Always confirm information with the service provider and check for any recent changes that [IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] Tie it All Up It offers a much higher starting point than the nearby trailheads of Crabtree(7100ft) and Bell Meadows(6500ft). The walk along the reservoir trail is breath-taking. them is the Emigrant Laketrip. 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 7.8 MI EAST OF Follow the Huckleberry Trail until you get to Emigrant Lake, where you will take the trail west. A long climb from Kennedy Meadow to High Emigrant Lake. I don’t have the best of knees so they were definitely swollen when we got back to Kennedy Meadows. A fantastic hike with beautiful views all the the way up. The Trip. We had a wonderful time. Do not take the trail towards Kennedy Lake! 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). Kennedy Lake Backpack Trail Beautiful Scenery and Excellent Fishing The 7-mile hike from Kennedy Meadowsto Kennedy Lakeis one of the classic overnight backpacking outings in the Emigrant Wilderness. Trails from Kennedy Meadows lead up to Relief Reservoir and Kennedy Lake and off to more distant places such as Emigrant Lake and northern Yosemite. - http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/us395 <- Nice steady uphill hike to lake. Have a beer when you finish. Beautiful views and river crossings. Dogs are also able to use this trail. 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. I would rate as moderately easy. The weather was at the high of 70 degrees so it was a little warm. If you intend to get to ridge lake in one day in the summer, make sure you get an early start and minimize time under the sun. Kennedy Lake has become a classic destination in the Emigrant Wilderness. Option to stay in Upper Relief Lakes. Campfires are allowed. Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir Trail is a 9.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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 trail follows the river out Our final climb to Bond Pass into Yosemite is quite easy. Kennedy Meadows is 50 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108. Trail Guide, Page Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir. Neither campground takes reservations. Take the trail north from Deer Lake and then follow Spring Creek until you get to Wilson Meadow Lake. Gianelli Cabin is a very popular summer time trailhead in the Emigrant Wilderness. Kennedy Meadows, Trailhead for Emigrant Lake Kennedy Meadows is 50 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108. Some of our most popular destinations include Relief Reservoir, Kennedy Lake, Maxwell Lake, Huckleberry Lake, Dorothy Lake, Emigrant Lake, Emigrant Meadow Lake, Horse Meadow and any other destination of your choosing within the Emigrant Wilderness, Carson Iceberg Wilderness and Northern Yosemite National Park. for errors or changes that may have occurred since publication. Emigrant Basin on the other side of Brown Bear ends the climb into a gentle roller coaster. Hike to Iceland Lake - Only for experienced cross-country hikers and do not attempt alone. The cabin was restored in 1988 by Pat Casey. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. We would say it’s moderately hard. It was the perfect hike to introduce a friend to backpacking. I always pick up my permit on the way up there at the Summit Ranger Station which is at the corner Pinecrest Lake Road and HW 108. ... Kennedy Meadows to Kennedy Lake Trail Junction, 2.6 miles. The trailhead area includes Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station as well as two National Forest campgrounds. << this is taken from http://www.kennedymeadows.com. Both Salt Lick and Spring Meadows are phenomenal; Long Lakes is an option for sleeping as well. It’s was a good trail. This hike is at least 8 miles. To that point, the trail is well defined (sandy / loose rocks / horse poop) and fairly sunny. 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