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Dicks, and Fontanillis Lakes from Dicks Pass

Hiking
Kennedy Meadows Pack Station
to
Relief Reservoir

and into
Emigrant Wilderness

The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking across Emigrant Wilderness

Six 7.5 minute USGS Topographic Backpacking Maps

Aloha Lake under Pyramid Peak from Dicks Pass

Maps
Index

Sonora Pass
to
Tuolumne Meadows

TYT
Map
NORTH


South
Carson Iceberg Wilderness

TYT
Map
SOUTH

Relief
Reservoir
to
Brown Bear
Pass

Miles
and
Elevations

Kennedy Meadows
to
Bond Pass

Trail Guide SOUTH
TYT

Kennedy Meadows Trailhead

Trail Guide
Index

Sonora Pass Trailheads

30 min
Map

Sonora Pass
Region Trails

30 min
MAP

Highway 108
to
Bensen Lake

Click
RED DOTS
for
links to Trail Guide Pages

Trail Guide Index

Sonora
Pass

all
maps

Sonora Pass Weather Resources

Sierra
Nevada
Weather
Information

Resupply

Kennedy
Meadows

Pack
Station

map
&
Permit information

Road Map

Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir
Backpacking Topo Map

4.03 miles
  7.06 miles
Kennedy Meadows Pack Station Gate
to
Relief Reservoir Campsites
Kennedy Meadows Pack Station Gate
to
Kennedy Lake Campsites

10.92 miles
Kennedy Meadows Pack Station Gate
to
Brown Bear Pass

Click Map Labels Pointing to Adjacent Topo Maps

Map
NORTH
Sonora Pass Area Trails

Map
SOUTH
Relief Reservoir to Brown Bear Pass

Click Red Dots
Super-Detailed
125% Map

Map
EAST
Kennedy Lake to Kennedy Canyon
 Kennedy Meadows Pack Station topo map to Relief Reservoir.
Map
NORTH
Sonora Pass Area Trails

Super-Detailed
125% Map

Map
SOUTH
Relief Reservoir to Brown Bear Pass

Map
EAST
Kennedy Lake to Kennedy Canyon
30 minute Carson Iceberg & Emigrant Wilderness High Altitude Trail Map
Map
NORTH
Sonora Pass Area Trails

Map
SOUTH
Relief Reservoir to Brown Bear Pass

Click Red Dots
Standard

100% Map

MAGNIFY THIS MAP!

Map
EAST
Kennedy Lake to Kennedy Canyon
Kennedy Meadows Pack Station to Kennedy lake and the PCT or up to Relief Reservoir on the TYT.
Map
NORTH
Sonora Pass Area Trails

MAGNIFY THIS MAP!
Standard
100% Map
Click Red Dots

Map
SOUTH
Relief Reservoir to Brown Bear Pass

Map
EAST
Kennedy Lake to Kennedy Canyon

30 minute Carson Iceberg & Emigrant Wilderness High Altitude Trail Map

Map and Location NOTES & INFORMATION

Main Features

The map features the Highway 108 corridor trailheads.

Local Destinations
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 out of Kennedy Meadows Pack Station.

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.

 

MAP NOTE
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.

Map Information Map Symbols

Online and Trail Maps Online Length Conversion

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Mapping, Mileage, and National Forest Information

 

Miles
and
Elevations

Kennedy Meadows to Bond Pass

Kennedy Meadows Gate to Kennedy Lake trail junction

2.67 miles

Kennedy Meadows Gate to Kennedy Lake trail junction

2.67 miles

Kennedy Meadows Gate to trail junction on Southeast side of Relief Reservoir

5.37 miles

 

Miles and Elevations

Kennedy Meadows to Bond Pass

USGS Topo Hiking Maps
Information

Northwest Map
Dardanelle, Calif, 1979 7.5 minute USGS Topographic Map
80 Foot Contours

North-Middle Map
Sonora Pass, Calif, 1979 7.5 minute Topographic Map
80 Foot Contours

Northeast Map
Pickle Meadow, Calif, 1954, 7.5 minute USGS Topographic Map, photo-revised 1978
40 Foot Contours

 

Southwest Map
Cooper Peak , Calif, 2001 7.5 minute USGS Topographic Map
40 Foot Contours

South-Middle Map
Emigrant Lake, Calif, 1990 7.5 minute Topographic Map
40 Foot Contours

Southeast Map
Tower Peak , Calif, 1990 7.5 minute Topographic Map
40 Foot Contours

Central Point
Compass Offset
Magnetic North is 18 degrees,
East of True North
,
16.5 off North Star

scale
1: 24 000
Contours
40 & 80 feet
Backpacking permitting authority

Stanislaus National Forest Wilderness

Contacts
Stanislaus National Forest

National Forest Wilderness Area information: Emigrant Wilderness

Ranger District
Summit Ranger District

Physical location
Under the Dardanelles Cone Geological feature between Highways 4 and 108 on the Western Flank of the Sierras.
 

TYT Topo Map NORTH Sonora Pass Trailheads                TYT Topo Map SOUTH Relief Reservoir to Brown Bear Pass

Elevations   More Information

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station
6400 feet

Relief Reservoir
7226 feet

Brown Bear Pass
9760 feet

Trail Guide, Section: Highway 108 to 120

Trail Guide, Trailheads: Sonora Pass Trailheads into Carson Iceberg and Emigrant Wilderness

 

Map Credit

U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior
The
USGS

USGS MAP LOCATOR

I love the USGS, as you can see from the Tahoe to Whitney Maps.

I also dig the NWS, as you can see from our Weather Page.

We gotta know the terrain under our feet, and the weather in the sky. These are the basics. In that spirit, let's set you up with the USGS maps sufficient to plan and execute your High Sierra Backpacking Trip with a set of custom backpacking maps.

In fact, we can use the USGS to set us up to plan and hike anywhere in the US of A.

Move the Map to the Sierras. Or your favorite backpacking spot in the US of A. Navigate the map to the area you wish to locate maps. Click "Mark Point" in the options to see the USGS map grid of the various scaled maps.

Select the maps that will help you plan and execute your backpacking trip, set up a directory on your computer named for the trip or location of the maps, and begin downloading those suckers.

Open your USGS maps with Adobe Reader.

But first, we have to "unzip" the maps.

I use 7zip.

Custom Maps
Once we get the maps downloaded, unzipped, and running on Adobe Reader we can cut and paste the pieces of the maps we need together, and mark our selected hiking routes to create our own customized maps using MS Paint, Photoshop, or some other image software.

Printing
If we want to print up our maps for field use we need some printer technology and knowledge. I understand Inkjet printers, special inks, and the proper paper are necessary to print up serviceable maps.

At least one reader of Tahoe to Whitney has copied and printed out Tahoe to Whitney Maps with success.

Map Information Map Symbols

Online and Trail Maps

That is totally cool for personal and non-profit uses.

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