Main Backpacking Features
Hiking East from the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail up the Western Sierra Flank to Kennedy Lake South of Kennedy Meadows Pack Station opens up much more that a short spur trail to a beautiful lake between the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails. Compare the images of Kennedy Lake below with the map above.
Above Kennedy Lake the fine trail slowly degrades into a faint unmaintained track fairly easy and fun to follow up to where the Pacific Crest Trail turns East off a low gap along the Sierra Crestline between the East and West Flanks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
This low spot marks the Sierra Crest dividing Kennedy Canyon running down the Eastern flank of the Sierra carrying the Pacific Crest Trail South. Kennedy Creek runs down the Western flank through Kennedy Lake and down into Summit Creek.
At the start of Kennedy Meadows the Summit Creek officially takes a promotion in status, flowing past Kennedy Meadows Pack Station as the North Fork of the Stanislaus River.
Meanwhile, back on the Sierra Crestline above Kennedy Lake we find great peaks to our North and South with valleys descending East and West.
To the North the massive bulk of Leavitt Peak blocks our way North on the Pacific Crest Trail to Sonora Pass and Big Sam carries the Tungsten Road over to its junction with the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail in Grizzly Meadow under Grizzly Peak.
Here on this low spot on the Sierra Crestline we find trails to the cardinal compass points.
The Kennedy Canyon trail junction was broken during 2012.
At this broken trail junction (the post was broken and prostrate on the trail as of July 2012) we have excellent hiking options in all directions. Oh yeah.
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To the North the PCT crosses over Leavitt Peak towards Sonora Pass. To the South the old track of the Tungsten Road crosses Big Sam to intersect with the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail at the foot of Grizzly Peak. To the East the Southbound PCT route drops down Kennedy Canyon before bending South to climb into the Yosemite backcountry through Dorothy Lake Pass.
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TYT Trail South from lower footbridge on Summit Creek
TYT Trail route to Kennedy Lake trail junction
Unmaintained route above Kennedy Lake
PCT route down Kennedy Canyon
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 1093.6 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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