The map features the Highway 108 corridor trailheads.
Of primary importance to us is the Southbound Tahoe to Yosemite Trailhead through Kennedy Meadows Pack Station, located down an old paved road off of Highway 108.
Our primary short distance destinations out of Kennedy Meadows Pack Station would be Relief Reservoir or Kennedy Lake. The upper detailed map lays out the first five-plus miles of hikes South out of Kennedy Meadows to these fine destinations.
Off the TYT
A 2.67 mile hike from the gate at Kennedy Meadows brings us to the trail East to Kennedy Lake. Another 4.39 miles hiking East brings us to the Horse Camp on the West shore of Kennedy Lake for a total of 7.06 miles.
South on the TYT
Continuing another 1.36 miles South on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail past the Kennedy Lake trail junction brings us to the very fine campsites on the East Shore of Relief Reservoir.
Another 1.34 miles past Relief Reservoir brings us a total of 5.37 miles South of the Kennedy Meadows gate to the trail junction above the Southeast shore of Relief Reservoir. Here the trail splits, with the trail Southwest leading up to Lower Relief Valley on the way over to Relief Valley.
Our route following the Southbound TYT brings us to the Left, the Southeast from this junction to begin climbing more or less alongside Summit Creek up to Brown Bear Pass.
Beyond the Loco
Hikes to Kennedy Lake or Relief Reservoir are destinations themselves or our opening moves of greater backpacking trips. The second map on this page shows how hikes to Kennedy Lake and Relief Reservoir are gateways up to the Sierra Crest, each bringing us to a point on the Sierra Crestline further South of Highway 108.
Once we get up to the Sierra Crest we have to decide where to go next. North towards Sonora Pass? Hikers into the Emigrant Basin through Brown Bear Pass can hike North over Big Sam to return to Kennedy Meadows via Kennedy Lake.
We can see many fine "lollypops," trailhead to trailhead, and grand backpacking loop possibilities in the web of interconnected trails stretched across the Emigrant Wilderness.
Map Updates and Information
This map contains two updates to the USGS topographic backpacking map.
The first is between the lower and upper footbridges just South of the Kennedy Meadow Trailhead.
The trail no longer loops West through the dry canyon but is cut into the rock above the West bank of Summit Creek. I have not hiked the old route so I did some investigation. I hiked the new route carefully so I could depict it on the map above, and consulted with Marty about the route of the old trail. Marty works with Matt Bloom at Kennedy Meadows Pack Station.
Marty is one of Matt Bloom's professional backcountry horsepackers and an all-around knowledgeable hand on High Sierra travel, trails, and terrain.
Marty: "It's a Jumble."
Map Correction #2
Above and South of the upper footbridge the trail splits between two short route options which rejoin on the flat above the upper footbridge. This short trail split is fairly inconsequential, but from the flat where the two trails rejoin above the bridge the trail South is different from the USGS map's depiction.
The trail South first encounters the Kennedy Lake trail junction, then the now-empty site where PG & E's Relief Cabin once sat.
I have depicted the current route as of July 2012 as best I can on the map above.
Map Problems Solved above
TYT Trail South from lower to upper footbridges along Summit Creek.
TYT Trail route to above upper footbridge to the Kennedy Lake trail junction.
Those squares breaking the USGS maps up into grids are the Universal Transverse Mercator / Military Grid Reference System, otherwise commonly known as UTM.
What's important for our general reference purpose is that each side of a square is 1000 meters, or a Kilometer.
From my point of view that is 1000 yards or .62 of a mile.
Diagonal: 1414.22 meters, if my trig is correct.
That converts into 4,639.8 feet or .88 of a mile.
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