East Kennedy Lake Trail

Cedar Grove, California 95709

East Kennedy Lake Trail

East Kennedy Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More East Kennedy Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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
23
Distance
6,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
2–4 days
Duration
Mid-July through September
Season
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

Activity Feed

Oct 2018