- 7/21/11 8:19 PM PDT <- After Tuolumne Meadows we joined the Sierra High Route as we had already hiked the JMT/PCT in 2014 and were… may have been made. 8 days solo in all. 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. Bear canisters are required and dogs, even on leash, are not allowed on trails. Be sure to bring a bear canister. SR 108 Choice to use NF parking lot, or pay at Kennedy Store (puts you 1/2 mile closer to trailhead). To that point, the trail is well defined (sandy / loose rocks / horse poop) and fairly sunny. I would rate as moderately easy. The weather was at the high of 70 degrees so it was a little warm. Every effort is made to provide accurate and up to date information, but we cannot be responsible 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. One of the best trails is Kennedy Meadows to Snow Lake. 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. The views were beautiful. ... 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. Emigrant Lake 16.9 Huckleberry Lake 21.1 Trailhead: Crabtree Huckleberry Lake 19.1 Elevation: 7,160’ Destination Trail 1.8Miles ... Trailhead: Kennedy Mdws Elevation: 6,320’ Destination Miles Relief Reservoir Jct. Saddle up for a trail ride at Kennedy Meadows or Aspen Meadows. Quartzite Peak via Emigrant Meadow Lake Near: Pinecrest Distance: 36 Miles Elevation: 6,300 to 10,400 feet Vegetation: Pine forest and high meadows Last Visit: August 2020. 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. I have made two previous trips to this area. MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 7/22/11 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION - MOTORISTS ARE SUBJECT Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total) ... We got to the trailhead parking around 7:30, loaded our packs, and hoofed it down the road. This will dump you out at a good vista over the lake and dam. Lots of nice sights along the way. Kennedy Lake Trailhead - Kennedy Meadows Kennedy Meadows is 50 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108. 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 7.8 MI EAST OF There are restrooms and water as well as facilities to aid with horses. We hiked up the reservoir (which is gorgeous!) 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. Kennedy Peak is located in the Emigrant Wilderness Area, which is just north of Yosemite National Park. We can see many fine "lollypops," trailhead to trailhead, and grand backpacking loop possibilities in the web of interconnected trails stretched across the Emigrant … 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 Kennedy Meadows Resort. The most beautiful and pristine blue water you will see. This section went through Mokelumne Wilderness and Carson Iceberg Wilderness before droping into Northern Kennedy Meadows for a resupply. 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. 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. Great hike with beautiful views. A trailhead parking lot is located about a quarter mile before you arrive at the resort. Intense. It's hard to beat Pinecrest Lake for boating and fishing. TYT-PCT 30 min MAP. We turned right here on the smaller trail, through the gully and up the other side. It is a popular destination for vacationers, anglers, hunters, horsemen, and hikers heading into the Emigrant Wilderness. I recognized it and at about 6pm that evening turned around only to stumble to within a half mile from the trailhead at 10pm. 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. Trails around resevoir were very confusing and didnt always coincide with the maps. Great waterfalls and granite walls...and then you come to the reservoir! Do not take the trail towards Kennedy Lake! Regardless of destination, this section of trail involves detailed route finding based on topography. Home › Forums › Campfire › Post-Trip Reports › Emigrant Wilderness – Kennedy Meadows to Ridge Lake, July 27-29. 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. 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. A long climb from Kennedy Meadow to High Emigrant Lake. Once you conquer going up, the downhill is much more relaxed. Er führt entlang eines Sees, entlang eines Flusses und es gibt einen Wasserfall und schöne Wildblumen. The Kennedy Meadows Trailhead An alternate route to Buck Lakes begins at the Kennedy Meadows trailhead high on Sonora Pass. Lots of horses on the trail. Trailhead Map; Resources; The To-Do List; Thursday, September 3, 2020. It was beautiful. Really sandy too for much of the trail. TO DELAYS OF UP TO 15 MINUTES LONG BARN TO 6 MI EAST OF STRAWBERRY (TUOLUMNE CO) FROM 0700 HRS TO 1700 HRS Kennedy Meadows, Trailhead for Emigrant Lake. The biggest downside is that the trail is used by a lot of horses so you have to constantly dodge horse poop. Sonora Pass is seasonal, also check SR 108 above [IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] We camped at a site next to the trailhead. Kennedy Meadows is 50 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108. Schematic Trail Map. Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir Trail ist ein 6.1 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Pinecrest, Kalifornien. 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. 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 … That's a nice little trip. Map. On the first day, I pulled a rookie move, left Kennedy Meadows at around noon and suffered heat exhaustion. Despite overflowing cars at the trailhead last weekend, Emigrant didn't … This area is great for trout fishing, horseback riding and of course backpacking. But worth the views. All in all, it's a beautiful trail. The climb was a challenge for me but around every corner there was something beautiful to behold. Not a fan of sharing the trail with so many horses and mules. 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. Upper Buck has great campsites on granite on the South side and good fishing. The trailhead area includes Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station as well as two National Forest campgrounds. Two National Forest campgrounds are situated close to Kennedy Meadows. - http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr108 <- A fantastic hike with beautiful views all the the way up. All Sierra. Lots of great camping site around the reservoir. Only 25 people may obtain a Wilderness Permit to Kibbie Ridge/Lake, but due to damage from the RIM fire only 10 people may obtain a permit to Lake Eleanor per day in these areas per National Park quotes. Take the Huckleberry Trail towards Relief Resevoir, watching out for packs of horses and mules carrying gear for "Glampers" heading to Kennedy Lake. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Campsites are better at Blackbird Lake or beyond Emigrant Meadow Lake. On the first day, I pulled a rookie move, left Kennedy Meadows at around noon and suffered heat exhaustion. The Expanding Picture Backpacking South into Emigrant Wilderness . Kennedy Meadows is located approximately 60 miles East of Sonora, nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Bring plenty of water a hat for protection because there is little shade. 08/22/2020 - I agree the hike is moderate. I really was impressed. It is one of the most horse friendly paths in the Sierra. Parking. Up hill all the way to the lake without a lot of shade so be prepared with some sunscreen, hat & water. From there we follow a dirt road which takes us to the wilderness boundary. The cabin was restored in 1988 by Pat Casey. be careful of the excessive Horse Manure, We stumbled upon this trail while riding up North From Los Banos. Day 7: This day, we will begin our 6.1-mile on-trail travel to Saucer Meadow. The actual trail enters the Emigrant Wilderness at the end of the meadow. [IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA] Beautiful views and river crossings. 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. The map displayed above is for illustrative purposes only. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. It offers a much higher starting point than the nearby trailheads of Crabtree(7100ft) and Bell Meadows(6500ft). Great trail! Emigrant Wilderness. On trail, we will climb 700 feet to Emigrant Meadow Lake. The Blackbird Trail can be used as part of a long loop from Kennedy Meadows coming one direction on the Huckleberry Trail and returning via Brown Bear Pass or the Kennedy Lake Trail. The lake is beautiful, we bouldered down to the water and sat for a while there. 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). After the second bridge you can take the horse trail to the right, or the stairs straight up. We then hiked up to where there is a sharp right on the trail in AllTrails at Summit Creek. 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. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Neither campground takes reservations. 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). NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA. The walk along the reservoir trail is breath-taking. 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. Kennedy Meadows to Bond Pass . The Kennedy Meadows Trailhead. For a day hike option, head north from the Kennedy Meadows Campground until you’re ready to turn around. 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. U.S. Route 395 (from the Eastern Sierras) The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail runs for over 26 miles within the Carson-Iceberg. Quartzite peak is a broad peak along the boundary of the Emigrant Wilderness and Yosemite National Park. We did pass a few groups that went from Ridge Lake all the way down in a day. a lot of bang for the buck! Click RED DOTS for Trail Guide Info: Trail Guide Index. A great hike with a lot of beautiful sights to see. After Kennedy Meadows the trail entered Emigrant Wilderness and soon after that into Yosemite National Park. 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. Emigrant Lake. very pleasant hike otherwise. We started Saturday morning with the intention to get to Ridge Lake in one day. Kennedy Lake has become a classic destination in the Emigrant Wilderness. My first trip to the Sierras this year was on July 4th for an overnight stay in Emigrant Wilderness. Worth it though! It’s uphill most of the way there, with downhill being a bit slippery in the sand on the way back. Kennedy Meadows off Highway 108 near Sonora Pass is a popular gathering place for campers, hikers, horseback riders, and anglers. It is a popular destination for vacationers, anglers, hunters, horsemen, and hikers heading into the Emigrant Wilderness. We started around 10am and it was already getting hot. 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. 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). Enter at Kennedy Meadows. During your hike, you will have about a 1500 foot elevation gain. From the south, the wilderness is accessible from Cherry Lake, along the border with Yosemite National Park. 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. Both Salt Lick and Spring Meadows are phenomenal; Long Lakes is an option for sleeping as well. The route via Lower & Upper Lewis Lakes and the drainage begins in Kennedy Meadows off 108 near Sonora Pass. We had the best time out there. Overview 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. The dramatic north face towers 3,000' above Kennedy Lake, and it is, I believe, the most scenic peak within the Emigrant. Worth the climb. Emigrant Wilderness – Kennedy Meadows to Ridge Lake, July 27-29 . - 7/21/11 8:19 PM PDT <- . It’s 1.9 miles each way to the bridge over the South Fork of the Kern River. There are some very popular trails for horseback riding in Sonora Pass. Gianelli Cabin is a very popular summer time trailhead in the Emigrant Wilderness. We would say it’s moderately hard. Love the views, the river, the high Sierra environs. When you get to the trail Y, keep right until you reach the old boiler section. Kennedy Meadows Pack Station. 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. Return to Kennedy Meadows via Brown Bear Pass- Hike northeast from Emigrant Laketo Emigrant Meadow and then cross Brown Bear Pass, descending to rejoin your original trail a few miles Emigrant Meadow and Brown Bear Pass are part of the 1852-54 emigrant trail. Great beginner backpacking for families. Kennedy Meadows in the early season is lush and green and surrounded by snow capped mountains and ridges. Bigger and Bigger Bisectable Loops East and West Flank Local Emigrant Wilderness backpackers can ascend the 19.03 miles between the Kennedy Meadows and Sonora Pass Trailheads via Kennedy Lake. 2. After crossing the first bridge you will begin a steep ascent up an old construction road. The trail is easy to follow, but the lake is a little farther out than you'd think. Map Information. US 395 for errors or changes that may have occurred since publication. The lazy rivers were my favorite. Can anyone comment on Kennedy Meadows to Emigrant Lake as a first time backpacking hike for me and my 15yo daughter? NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA. After about 0.7 miles we decided to turn back and camp at Summit Creek instead. State Route 108 (from the Central Valley) 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. Having started my drive well before dawn, I arrived at the trailhead just after nine in the morning. 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