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). We then hiked up to where there is a sharp right on the trail in AllTrails at Summit Creek. a lot of bang for the buck! Schematic Trail Map. It was the perfect hike to introduce a friend to backpacking. The actual trail enters the Emigrant Wilderness at the end of the meadow. 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. Can anyone comment on Kennedy Meadows to Emigrant Lake as a first time backpacking hike for me and my 15yo daughter? One of the best trails is Kennedy Meadows to Snow Lake. 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. The climb was a challenge for me but around every corner there was something beautiful to behold. We drove to the trailhead on Friday night, arriving around 7pm. The lazy rivers were my favorite. Always confirm information with the service provider and check for any recent changes that https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/california/emigrant-wilderness The trailhead area includes Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station as well as two National Forest campgrounds. Trails around resevoir were very confusing and didnt always coincide with the maps. We would say it’s moderately hard. Only a single-day's hike from the trailhead, it is easily done as a weekend trip. The climb up can be a bit hot by late morning, not a lot of protection from the sun. Both Salt Lick and Spring Meadows are phenomenal; Long Lakes is an option for sleeping as well. 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). Between the first highway and the next highway switch over from the Pacific Crest to the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail to expand your view. NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA. Kennedy Meadows Resort draws visitors from all over California and Nevada, in large part because of its proximity to so many recreation opportunities. The trailhead area includes Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station as well as two National Forest campgrounds. Then continue on a more gradual trail as you follow Summit Creek through Lunch Meadow. Pick a trailhead on one highway and hike to a trailhead on the next highway. Brown Bear Pass to Relief Reservoir . 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. We started Saturday morning with the intention to get to Ridge Lake in one day. We had a wonderful time. 8 days solo in all. I would rate as moderately easy. More lodging can be found back down the road at Dardanelle Resort. [IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA] 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. From here the trail ambles through forest and chaparral, crossing over seasonal streams, and providing occasional glimpses of meadows … Kennedy Lake has become a classic destination in the Emigrant Wilderness. 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. 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 7.8 MI EAST OF Visit nearby geologic wonders such as Columns of the Giants and Trail of the Gargoyles. Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir Trail ist ein 6.1 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Pinecrest, Kalifornien. 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). This turned out to be a nice, 'early season' hike. Emigrant Meadow Lake sits in a large open basin with 360-degree views. 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. I really was impressed. During your hike, you will have about a 1500 foot elevation gain. Soaring peaks cradle the lake on three sides while acres of lush meadow spread at its foot. Option to stay in Upper Relief Lakes. Emigrant Wilderness Topo Hiking Map The Hub of Trails radiating … Worth it though! may have been made. Emigrant Wilderness. After crossing the first bridge you will begin a steep ascent up an old construction road. 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. 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. Great beginner backpacking for families. [IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA] Lots of horses on the trail. Kennedy Meadows in the early season is lush and green and surrounded by snow capped mountains and ridges. Fishing is good in the lake and even better along Kennedy Creek. The river was raging. Sonora Pass. We did pass a few groups that went from Ridge Lake all the way down in a day. Plus we know what we are in for if we go out on Labor Day weekend. Mid week was perfect, not a lot of people on the trail. Emigrant Wilderness – Kennedy Meadows to Ridge Lake, July 27-29. The reservoir was by far the most stunning part of our trip and we wished we could have spent more time there. 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 trail starts out simple enough. << this is taken from http://www.kennedymeadows.com. Kennedy Meadows to Emigrant Meadow Lake, to Emigrant Lake, to Huckleberry, to Paiute Meadow and out Crabtree. Despite overflowing cars at the trailhead last weekend, Emigrant didn't … Relief Reservoir to Emigrant Lake, 9.8 miles Hike past Saucer Meadow and up a steep climb to Sheep Camp. 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. Be sure to bring a bear canister. Hikers into the Emigrant Basin through Brown Bear Pass can hike North over Big Sam to return to Kennedy Meadows via Kennedy Lake. The hike begins just past the parking lot and the general store. Take the Huckleberry Trail towards Relief Resevoir, watching out for packs of horses and mules carrying gear for "Glampers" heading to Kennedy Lake. Length 6.1 mi Elevation gain 1371 ft Route type Out & back. 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. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail runs for over 26 miles within the Carson-Iceberg. 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. Really sandy too for much of the trail. It offers a much higher starting point than the nearby trailheads of Crabtree(7100ft) and Bell Meadows(6500ft). Beautiful views and river crossings. 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. By 1890 snow had collapsed the original buildings. U.S. Route 395 (from the Eastern Sierras) When you get to the trail Y, keep right until you reach the old boiler section. Komoot user Traveler recorded a hike: CA, Emigrant Wilderness 1️⃣: Kennedy Meadows - Relief Reservoir ⛰️ 2020.08.20. From there we follow a dirt road which takes us to the wilderness boundary. 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. Er führt entlang eines Sees, entlang eines Flusses und es gibt einen Wasserfall und schöne Wildblumen. Other campgrounds are found back around Dardanelle. It’s was a good trail. be careful of the excessive Horse Manure, We stumbled upon this trail while riding up North From Los Banos. 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. One way is not significantly better than the other. Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total) Forums are supported by our merchant partners . The map displayed above is for illustrative purposes only. I have made two previous trips to this area. MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 7/22/11 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION - MOTORISTS ARE SUBJECT Day trips into the Emigrant Wilderness are convenient from the Kennedy Meadows trailhead. - 7/21/11 8:19 PM PDT <- Carried the toddler in the pack. I don’t have the best of knees so they were definitely swollen when we got back to Kennedy Meadows. Located 57 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108, Kennedy Meadows Resort is open from late April until early October. You can see Sonora Peak and Leavit Peak as you walk along the river. My feeling is that 2020 is a special year and If I hike far enough I will eventually find some space. 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. This area is great for trout fishing, horseback riding and of course backpacking. On trail, we will climb 700 feet to Emigrant Meadow Lake. This hike is at least 8 miles. Kennedy Meadows is 50 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108. Saddle up for a trail ride at Kennedy Meadows or Aspen Meadows. It’s 1.9 miles each way to the bridge over the South Fork of the Kern River. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. They also have a store and a cafe. Lots of great camping site around the reservoir. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als moderat einzustufen. All Sierra. 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. 8 days solo in all. Kennedy built a cabin, which still stands today, where the resort is now located. Huckleberry Lake and Buck Lakes are known for their excellent fishing. Home › Forums › Campfire › Post-Trip Reports › Emigrant Wilderness – Kennedy Meadows to Ridge Lake, July 27-29. June 2, 2020. 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. The cabin was restored in 1988 by Pat Casey. 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. The original Kennedy Meadows lodge was erected in 1917. A great hike with a lot of beautiful sights to see. This will dump you out at a good vista over the lake and dam. The dramatic north face towers 3,000' above Kennedy Lake, and it is, I believe, the most scenic peak within the Emigrant. I like the challenge of the incline on the way to Relief Reservoir but it was still really doable. Worth the climb. 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. Highway 108 to Bensen Lake . Kennedy Meadows, Trailhead for Emigrant Lake. For complete information about camping and recreation in the Sonora Pass area, see Sonora Pass Vacations. On the first day, I pulled a rookie move, left Kennedy Meadows at around noon and suffered heat exhaustion. . 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. The biggest downside is that the trail is used by a lot of horses so you have to constantly dodge horse poop. 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. A little to cold for swimming but perfect to dip your feet in. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/kennedy-lake-trail 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. Had tried it on a weekend and the crowd was overwhelming. Find excellent fishing in the Clark Fork, Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir. The trail was sandy with lots of horse traffic and poop. The lake is beautiful, we bouldered down to the water and sat for a while there. Kennedy Meadows offers lodging, a pack station, and a restaurant. 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. Map. . Bring plenty of water a hat for protection because there is little shade. It is a 17 mi/27.4 km ride, that climbs about 3000 ft/914.4 m to reach Snow Lake, in the heart of the Emigrant Wilderness. Great trail! [IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] all maps: Weather. But overall a really nice day hike! 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. The most beautiful and pristine blue water you will see. You will cross two bridges on this backpacking trail. This area is great for trout fishing, horseback riding and of course backpacking. From the south, the wilderness is accessible from Cherry Lake, along the border with Yosemite National Park. I recognized it and at about 6pm that evening turned around only to stumble to within a half mile from the trailhead at 10pm. Kennedy Meadows is located approximately 60 miles East of Sonora, nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 2. 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. A fantastic hike with beautiful views all the the way up. Rumor is you can park up past the restaurant if you're a day hiker. Kennedy Meadows Pack Station. The ice cold beer at the store when we got back was a great reward Most definitely recommend this hike. 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. Click RED DOTS for Trail Guide Info: Trail Guide Index. 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). Hike to above Relief Reservoir. 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. Relief Reservoir Hike - Map and Trail Information, Kennedy Lake Hike - Map and Trail Information, Emigrant Lake Hike - Map and Trail Information. NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA. Enter at Kennedy Meadows. If you want a quiet hike choose a week day. It is a popular destination for vacationers, anglers, hunters, horsemen, and hikers heading into the Emigrant Wilderness. Great hike with beautiful views. I am not terribly worried about crowds. For a day hike option, head north from the Kennedy Meadows Campground until you’re ready to turn around. Map WEST. 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). 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. Emigrant Lake. 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). Quartzite peak is a broad peak along the boundary of the Emigrant Wilderness and Yosemite National Park. Besides fishing the Stanislaus River in some of its wilder sections, anglers can reach Relief Reservoir in a little more than an hour. Great waterfalls and granite walls...and then you come to the reservoir! Kennedy Meadows off Highway 108 near Sonora Pass is a popular gathering place for campers, hikers, horseback riders, and anglers. An alternate route to Buck Lakes begins at the Kennedy Meadows trailhead high on Sonora Pass. ... 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. The walk along the reservoir trail is breath-taking. Take popular hiking trails into the Emigrant Wilderness and Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. 189 Acres at 7246' elevation. Emigrant Wilderness – Kennedy Meadows to Ridge Lake, July 27-29 . This page goes into more detail on the off-trail routes to each lake. On the first day, I pulled a rookie move, left Kennedy Meadows at around noon and suffered heat exhaustion. Dogs are also able to use this trail. 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. Watch for the turn taking you up Mosquito Pass and Emigrant Lake. A fire several years ago burned the original resort, but it was rebuilt and open for business within a year. The trail is easy to follow, but the lake is a little farther out than you'd think. very pleasant hike otherwise. Backpackers will want to experience the southern Sierra Nevada on this beautiful stretch of PCT. Kennedy Meadows is 50 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108. We can see many fine "lollypops," trailhead to trailhead, and grand backpacking loop possibilities in the web of interconnected trails stretched across the Emigrant … See this route and plan your own adventure with komoot! Trailhead Map; Resources; The To-Do List; Thursday, September 3, 2020. Up hill all the way to the lake without a lot of shade so be prepared with some sunscreen, hat & water. 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. After about 0.7 miles we decided to turn back and camp at Summit Creek instead. NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA. After Tuolumne Meadows we joined the Sierra High Route as we had already hiked the JMT/PCT in 2014 and were… But when the breeze kicked in, it was nice. There are some very popular trails for horseback riding in Sonora Pass. Sonora Pass is seasonal, also check SR 108 above - http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/us395 <- To that point, the trail is well defined (sandy / loose rocks / horse poop) and fairly sunny. It’s a great spot for a lunch and a swim. LONG BARN TO 6 MI EAST OF STRAWBERRY (TUOLUMNE CO) FROM 0700 HRS TO 1700 HRS 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. These free permits are required year-round. - http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr108 <- Kennedy Meadows to Bond Pass . 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. Parking. Having started my drive well before dawn, I arrived at the trailhead just after nine in the morning. State Route 108 (from the Central Valley) https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/kennedy-lake-trail 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 … The trailhead area includes Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station as well as two National Forest campgrounds. Rivers, bridges, creeks, cave, dam, beautiful reservoir . TYT-PCT 30 min MAP. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Home › Forums › Campfire › Post-Trip Reports › Emigrant Wilderness – Kennedy Meadows to Ridge Lake, July 27-29. The Kennedy Meadows Trailhead. There was some streams from snow run off that you can cool off with. After Kennedy Meadows the trail entered Emigrant Wilderness and soon after that into Yosemite National Park. 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 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. That's a nice little trip. Have a beer when you finish. The views were beautiful. Emigrant Lake - Key Facts. It's hard to beat Pinecrest Lake for boating and fishing. Love the views, the river, the high Sierra environs. Find excellent fishing in the Clark Fork, Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir. Kennedy Peak is located in the Emigrant Wilderness Area, which is just north of Yosemite National Park. Every effort is made to provide accurate and up to date information, but we cannot be responsible Solid hike. Two National Forest campgrounds are situated close to Kennedy Meadows. 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 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. Tie it All Up Resupply. The Emigrant is most easily accessible from Hwy 108, with many visitors entering from near Pinecrest Lake or Kennedy Meadows. Here is a 5 day 4 night trip from the Kennedy Meadows Pack Station to Emigrant lake. There is ample free parking and several campsites on the drive up in case the trailhead is full. They have cabins for rent. The trail follows the river out 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. This was the route I used on my most recent trip to Buck Lakes. It is a popular destination for vacationers, anglers, hunters, horsemen, and hikers heading into the Emigrant Wilderness. Lots of nice sights along the way. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. We almost abandoned the hike because our 3 yo was tapped out after about 4 miles. The Expanding Picture Backpacking South into Emigrant Wilderness . Gianelli Cabin is a very popular summer time trailhead in the Emigrant Wilderness. The wide meandering creek flows out of Kennedy Lake, which is pretty, but muddy this time of year. The trail climbs up the granite alongside Middle Fork Stanislaus River, crossing over a footbridge, and continuing its ascent. US 395 Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. It’s uphill most of the way there, with downhill being a bit slippery in the sand on the way back. 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. 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. 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. It is a popular destination for vacationers, anglers, hunters, horsemen, and hikers heading into the Emigrant Wilderness. The Kennedy Meadows Trailhead. I have made two previous trips to this area. A long climb from Kennedy Meadow to High Emigrant Lake. [IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] The actual trail enters the Emigrant Wilderness at the end of the meadow. Kennedy Lake Backpack Trail Beautiful Scenery and Excellent Fishing . 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