This trail guide, like the High Sierras, divides itself into ups and downs. Our miles are generally done either going up to the top of the mountain, or we are coming down from the mountaintop into the valley that separates us from the next mountain.
This means that the mileages and elevations between the peaks and the valleys is going to be important in determining just how many miles we can reasonably expect to cover any particular day. This will be instrumental in planning where we are going to camp every night, and ultimately this information determines how many days it will take us to cover a given distance. This in turn establishes our proper food load.
This is not the case for the next section of the trail between Kennedy Meadows Pack Station and Bond Pass. This section of trail is going consistently upward. We are climbing to the Sierra Crest.
The trail has been modified and does not track around the Relief Reservoir control building as depicted on the maps. The control building has been removed. There are two routes from above the upper footbridge to just below the junction to Kennedy Lake. Both routes bring us to the same place, but the trail off to the Right overlooks Summit Creek surging through its granite gorge, while the trail to the Left runs up a rocky chute.
Hiking past Emigrant Meadow Lake to Grizzly Meadow indicates that these locations are at the same elevation. Close, but first we have to climb over a ridge that's between them.
Thus the elevation figures do not fully reflect this interceding ridge.
Remember this important rule: Every descent route holds many mini-ascents, and every ascent has many mini-descents within its climb. Our mileage will very rarely just go up, or just go down. We are going endlessly up and down.
Except beginning this section. It is a steady climb from Kennedy Meadows to Brown Bear Pass.