East Kennedy Lake Professional Review and Guide
"Any route across the Monarch Divide, which separates the yawning gorges of South Fork and Middle Fork Kings River, is a significant physical challenge because of the tremendous elevation gain. The Lewis Creek Trail is no exception, requiring a stiff, 6,225-foot, 10-mile climb to Kennedy Pass. The south-facing trail starts low, climbs steeply, and is exposed to the sun the majority of the way—even with an early start the ascent can be a grueling scorcher. Despite the conditions, the scenery is superb and usually can be experienced sans crowds; the trail sees far fewer visitors than the Paradise Valley and Bubbs Creek Trails."