Kennedy Lake in the Emigrant Wilderness, CA

Kennedy Lake

Emigrant Wilderness

Kennedy Lake

Kennedy Lake Trail

Relief Creek trail, Emigrant Wilderness, CA

Trail along Relief Creek

Kennedy Meadows to Kennedy Lake Trail Junction, 2.6 miles

From the resort, cross the meadow to the first bridge and then begin a steep climb along an old road used to build Relief Dam in the early 1900s. Cross a second bridge and after a stiff climb, arrive at the turn-off to Kennedy Lake. (The Nightcap Peak Trail, an alternate route, is not recommended.)


Good campsites are located along the river here.

Kennedy Creek bridge, Emigrant Wilderness, CA

Kennedy Creek Bridge

Trail Junction to Kennedy Lake,
5.1 miles

A short climb and less than a mile on the trail brings you to bridge marking the beginning of the long valley leading up to Kennedy Lake. The trail stays close to the creek as it climbs gradually, eventually leveling out into meadows. After 3 miles since turning onto the Kennedy Lake trail, begin to look for campsites between the trail and the creek.


Good campsites are located in many places along Kennedy Creek. More can be found by crossing the creek in the Soda Canyon area.