Map Information. 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. Worth it though! This was the route I used on my most recent trip to Buck Lakes. Not a fan of sharing the trail with so many horses and mules. The weather was at the high of 70 degrees so it was a little warm. Trailhead Map; Resources; The To-Do List; Thursday, September 3, 2020. Choice to use NF parking lot, or pay at Kennedy Store (puts you 1/2 mile closer to trailhead). Find excellent fishing in the Clark Fork, Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir. We hiked up the reservoir (which is gorgeous!) Dogs are also able to use this trail. Regardless of destination, this section of trail involves detailed route finding based on topography. 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 NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA. We drove to the trailhead on Friday night, arriving around 7pm. The actual trail enters the Emigrant Wilderness at the end of the meadow. 8 days solo in all. We did pass a few groups that went from Ridge Lake all the way down in a day. 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 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 lake is beautiful, we bouldered down to the water and sat for a while there. 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. Quartzite peak is a broad peak along the boundary of the Emigrant Wilderness and Yosemite National Park. TYT-PCT 30 min MAP. It is a popular destination for vacationers, anglers, hunters, horsemen, and hikers heading into the Emigrant Wilderness. Visit nearby geologic wonders such as Columns of the Giants and Trail of the Gargoyles. We can see many fine "lollypops," trailhead to trailhead, and grand backpacking loop possibilities in the web of interconnected trails stretched across the Emigrant … Dogs are also able to use this trail. We started around 10am and it was already getting hot. Relief Reservoir Hike - Map and Trail Information, Kennedy Lake Hike - Map and Trail Information, Emigrant Lake Hike - Map and Trail Information. There was some streams from snow run off that you can cool off with. This page goes into more detail on the off-trail routes to each lake. They also have a store and a cafe. 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. The wide meandering creek flows out of Kennedy Lake, which is pretty, but muddy this time of year. We camped at a site next to the trailhead. https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/california/emigrant-wilderness . - 7/21/11 8:19 PM PDT <- Be sure to bring a bear canister. I am not terribly worried about crowds. It offers a much higher starting point than the nearby trailheads of Crabtree(7100ft) and Bell Meadows(6500ft). 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. I have made two previous trips to this area. 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. 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. The map displayed above is for illustrative purposes only. Parking. To that point, the trail is well defined (sandy / loose rocks / horse poop) and fairly sunny. A fantastic hike with beautiful views all the the way up. Watch for the turn taking you up Mosquito Pass and Emigrant Lake. Kennedy Meadows is located approximately 60 miles East of Sonora, nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. After the second bridge you can take the horse trail to the right, or the stairs straight up. Directions are available on the Kennedy Meadows Resort web site. Emigrant Lake. Option to stay in Upper Relief Lakes. 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. 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. Fishing is good in the lake and even better along Kennedy Creek. Resupply. 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. 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. Saddle up for a trail ride at Kennedy Meadows or Aspen Meadows. This area is great for trout fishing, horseback riding and of course backpacking. Map WEST. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/kennedy-lake-trail Carried the toddler in the pack. Every effort is made to provide accurate and up to date information, but we cannot be responsible Emigrant Lake - Key Facts. 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. The cabin was restored in 1988 by Pat Casey. Huckleberry Lake and Buck Lakes are known for their excellent fishing. The trailhead area includes Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station as well as two National Forest campgrounds. Lots of horses on the trail. Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total) Forums are supported by our merchant partners . U.S. Route 395 (from the Eastern Sierras) The dramatic north face towers 3,000' above Kennedy Lake, and it is, I believe, the most scenic peak within the Emigrant. We had the best time out there. This area is great for trout fishing, horseback riding and of course backpacking. Kennedy built a cabin, which still stands today, where the resort is now located. This turned out to be a nice, 'early season' hike. I don’t have the best of knees so they were definitely swollen when we got back to Kennedy Meadows. Kennedy Meadows to Emigrant Meadow Lake, to Emigrant Lake, to Huckleberry, to Paiute Meadow and out Crabtree. On trail, we will climb 700 feet to Emigrant Meadow Lake. Upper Buck has great campsites on granite on the South side and good fishing. [IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA] It was beautiful. Kennedy Meadows Resort draws visitors from all over California and Nevada, in large part because of its proximity to so many recreation opportunities. 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. When you get to the trail Y, keep right until you reach the old boiler section. 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. [IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] About 200 total miles of foot and horse trails give access to this outstanding wilderness, where human use is moderate, especially on the eastern side. I like the challenge of the incline on the way to Relief Reservoir but it was still really doable. Kennedy Meadows in the early season is lush and green and surrounded by snow capped mountains and ridges. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/kennedy-lake-trail Besides fishing the Stanislaus River in some of its wilder sections, anglers can reach Relief Reservoir in a little more than an hour. 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). 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. From here the trail ambles through forest and chaparral, crossing over seasonal streams, and providing occasional glimpses of meadows and mountainsides. 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). Do not take the trail towards Kennedy Lake! Then continue on a more gradual trail as you follow Summit Creek through Lunch Meadow. The climb up can be a bit hot by late morning, not a lot of protection from the sun. This hike is at least 8 miles. The trail is easy to follow, but the lake is a little farther out than you'd think. Had tried it on a weekend and the crowd was overwhelming. ... 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. MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 7/22/11 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION - MOTORISTS ARE SUBJECT 08/22/2020 - I agree the hike is moderate. One way is not significantly better than the other. Schematic Trail Map. The climb was a challenge for me but around every corner there was something beautiful to behold. Neither campground takes reservations. 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. The original Kennedy Meadows lodge was erected in 1917. The trail was sandy with lots of horse traffic and poop. We started Saturday morning with the intention to get to Ridge Lake in one day. Bear canisters are required and dogs, even on leash, are not allowed on trails. If you want a quiet hike choose a week day. Great hike with beautiful views. Home › Forums › Campfire › Post-Trip Reports › Emigrant Wilderness – Kennedy Meadows to Ridge Lake, July 27-29. A trailhead parking lot is located about a quarter mile before you arrive at the resort. 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