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Emigrant Wilderness - Kennedy Meadows (North) to Kennedy Lake

Saturday, Jun 17, 2023, 10:00 AM to Monday, Jun 19, 2023, 3:00 PM PDT Add to calendar
Kennedy Meadows Resort & Packstation 42421 California 108 Pinecrest, CA, 95364
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Hi Everyone - Called the ranger station and road to Kennedy Meadows is open. I was informed that there is snow on the ground (if not exposed) which is expected. KL is still partially frozen. We can camp at ~3.5 miles from the TH (~1200 ft of uphill) and then do a day hike to KL (optional). Hike is doable.
May 30, 2023, 8:50 PM Edited Edited on May 30, 2023, 8:51 PM
As much as I want to see this trail I can’t take a day off on Monday! So I guess it’s no go for me.
Jun 5, 2023, 12:29 AM
Sorry I'm having some knee issues so going to have to drop out. Have a fun time!
Jun 8, 2023, 6:34 PM
I didn't think I was going to get off the waitlist for this one, so I booked a trip to Yosemite for this same weekend literally moments before I got the email. Oh well. Hoping to get in to the 4th of July trip and finally get a chance to go out with this group.
Jun 8, 2023, 7:20 PM
I’m soooooo bummered to cancel this trip! I’ve never been to Kennedy Lake and wanted to go soooo bad. Please have tons of fun. I’ll miss you all. Thanks for planning Harpreet.
Jun 11, 2023, 12:18 AM
It seems that I make the trip! Yay! Guys if anyone wants to carpool let’s ride together.
Jun 12, 2023, 4:22 PM
Hey Everyone,

Sonora Pass is now as this week which is great! Even though we don't need to go over the pass but good to know that the entire area is accessible now. Let's meet at the Summit Ranger Station (1 Pinecrest Lake Rd, Pinecrest, CA 95364) at 10 AM as our hike is only under 4 miles to the camp with about 1200 ft of uphill; we don't need to start super early.

After obtaining permits, we will caravan to the TH. Please plan to arrive 15 min early to ensure to not arrive late. I am not sure about the cell service at the ranger station, please don't be late.

Current Conditions -

Weather - Use the below link for weather at our camp:

If this link does not work, use the NOAA website and enter Kennedy Lake, CA in the search window.

Mosquitos might be in full force, please bring mosquito headnets, deet etc.

Snow - There will be snow on the trail to KL (day hike on Sunday). Based on what i have seen in May 2017, it should be piles of snow in the forested areas. We did fine without micro spikes in 2017 and I am not planning bring but please make your decision base don your own comfort level.

Creeks - Major creeks have foot bridges but there might be other smaller creeks to cross. Please bring couple of pairs of extra socks just in case.

Everyone with Yes, RSVP, please comment below so that I know you have all seen this update. I don't have your email addresses or phone numbers. If you can text me your phone numbers at 510-378-8824, I can create the WhatsApp group for people who want to coordinate/carpool etc. Please ensure to include your name and reference to this trip so that I know that it is not spam.

Jun 12, 2023, 4:42 PM Edited Edited on Jun 12, 2023, 9:50 PM
@Harpreet: read and understood. I’ll be there. Also up for getting picked up in Livermore in exchange for gas $
Jun 12, 2023, 5:39 PM
@Harpreet: I've read and I do plan to come, but I was thinking to stay day or two extra and hike/camp somewhere there. If anyone is interested in extended trip, we can carpool. Also if you can give me suggestions I'll really appreciate it. I am not familiar with the area.
Jun 12, 2023, 6:24 PM
@Svetlana Furman: I plan to return on Monday but I am also planning to do something else on my own on Monday after the trip but not sure yet. There is a campground at Kennedy Meadows resort and can be booked to extend the trip.
Jun 12, 2023, 6:29 PM
@Harpreet: The link for weather doesn't work for me. I clicked around and got this, not sure if this is the spot, but elevation seems right, and looks pretty cold:
Current conditions at
CW4253 Bear Valley (C4253)
Lat: 38.468°NLon: 120.047°WElev: 7201ft.

Jun 12, 2023, 9:44 PM
@Svetlana Furman: try this. This is for Kennedy Lake -

The link i provided was close the our camp but had manually move the location square. Let me know if this link works?
Jun 12, 2023, 9:49 PM
@Harpreet: Nope, same result: "A point forecast is unavailable for the requested location". But it's ok, I think I kind of figured out how to use this site
Jun 12, 2023, 9:56 PM
@Harpreet: I have seen the update and sent you a text. Hoping someone wants to go the day before and stay close to the ranger station. I am coming from the Bay Area if anyone wants to carpool.
Jun 13, 2023, 2:42 AM
I made a mistake. I didn't realize that it was THIS weekend. I can't make it.
Trying yo un-RSVP...
Jun 16, 2023, 12:22 PM Edited Edited on Jun 16, 2023, 11:48 PM
Are you ladies back? How was it? Cold, warm? Snow? Wet? How was the trail? Very curious.
Jun 19, 2023, 6:03 PM
The pictures look so beautiful, thanks for posting. Any reports how the conditions are?
Jun 25, 2023, 8:15 PM

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