East Kennedy Lake Trail

Cedar Grove, California 95709

East Kennedy Lake Trail

East Kennedy Lake Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The trail up the Lewis Creek drainage to East Kennedy Lake is long, steep, and blazing hot in the midday sun. This 6,100-foot climb is a daunting proposition; however, hikers who go the entire distance are rewarded with tremendous views. This area also boasts a great deal more solitude and wilderness feeling than the other, more accessible trails from Cedar Grove."

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"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."

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Trail Information

Cedar Grove
Nearby City
6,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2–4 days
Mid-July through September
4,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,800 feet
Top Elevation
Kings Canyon National Park; Cedar Grove Ranger Station
Local Contacts
USFS John Muir Wilderness (Central Section); USGS Cedar Grove and Slide Bluffs
Local Maps

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