TR- Kennedy Lake

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Re: TR- Kennedy Lake

Post by Wandering Daisy » Tue May 15, 2012 8:31 am

I will confess- I rarely can identify the fish we catch. I assume this is a brown trout just because everyone says that is what is in the lake! It was about 10 inches long and similar to all the fish we caught. My husband said that strikes were no frequent but every fish he hooked was worth keeping. He used a #1 meps and fished about 3 hours for 4 fish, three caught in the lake and one in the outlet pond. I usually do not fish when my husband is with me, because he enjoys fishing so much. We both are not keen on catch and release, since we think that just tortures fish. We eat all we catch, and quit when the frying pan is full.

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I take all the photos, and most often go solo, am camera shy, so am not inclined to include photos of myself! We are just two old camera shy geeks. The fish is more photogenic than either of us.

The purpose of the trip was to "test"my husband's new heart medicine and his ability to backpack at moderate altitude (7,000 foot range). The "rule" from the cardiologist is to keep his heart rate below 140. He did great, in fact better than last summer and walked about as fast as I would by myself. His cardiologist said he could not backpack if he could not control his heartbeat. He passed the first test; next "test" is to try a bit higher altitude. I am really pleased that all went well.








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Re: TR- Kennedy Lake

Post by snusmumriken » Tue May 15, 2012 5:56 pm

Lovely pictures, makes me feel like I'm there. Thank you so much for posting them.

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Post by East Side Hiker » Tue May 15, 2012 6:20 pm

As always, WD, your pictures are fabulous and depict the environmental conditions perfectly. I would have loved to have been there.

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Re: TR- Kennedy Lake

Post by cahiker » Wed May 16, 2012 11:56 pm

WD - Enjoyed the pictures. Not only are they beautiful, but they convey what the conditions are like. I was at Kennedy Lake last June 25th and there was a similar amount of snow on the surrounding mountains and it was tremendously wet and boggy everywhere within a half a mile of the lake. It will be very different this year by the end of June...

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Re: TR- Kennedy Lake

Post by FeetFirst » Thu May 17, 2012 11:23 am

cahiker wrote:WD - Enjoyed the pictures. Not only are they beautiful, but they convey what the conditions are like.
Agreed. :nod: I'm actually planning a 2-night trip out of Kennedy Meadows (never been) right now and your pictures/report are very helpful. I'm trying to decide if I should head towards Kennedy Lake and explore upper Kennedy Creek or should I head towards Lower Relief Valley and possibly explore the area towads Iceland Lake for day 2. Anyone care to weigh in? Thanks.
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Re: TR- Kennedy Lake

Post by Wandering Daisy » Thu May 17, 2012 5:14 pm

Iceland Lake is more spectacular, in my opinion however it looked to be still covered in snow when we went. So it depends on when you are going. The remaining snow is degraded and you will post-hole through it. Depending on your route, you may have to climb some steep slabs to get to Iceland lake and the slabs could be wet and difficult until the snow melts. The down side of Kennedy Lake is all the old cow poop. It has been heavily grazed and still shows the damage. Fishing was fairly good at Kennedy Lake, if that is important to you.

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Re: TR- Kennedy Lake

Post by FeetFirst » Thu May 17, 2012 10:05 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:Iceland Lake is more spectacular, in my opinion however it looked to be still covered in snow when we went. So it depends on when you are going. The remaining snow is degraded and you will post-hole through it. Depending on your route, you may have to climb some steep slabs to get to Iceland lake and the slabs could be wet and difficult until the snow melts. The down side of Kennedy Lake is all the old cow poop. It has been heavily grazed and still shows the damage. Fishing was fairly good at Kennedy Lake, if that is important to you.
Thanks for the info. I'm definitely leaning towards Lower Relief Valley and beyond. The more I study the map, the more I wished I had taken Monday off too. If I had one more day (4 days, 3 nights) I could put together some awesome loops. With 3 days/2 nights, the options are more of a hike in, spend a day exploring the general area and hike out, kind of trip. Regardless, it's good to get out, but I'm sure you understand. :thumbsup: Anyways, thanks again for the photos and report.
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Re: TR- Kennedy Lake

Post by Carne_DelMuerto » Fri May 18, 2012 5:27 pm

Feetfirst, you might want to consider hiking up Summit Creek to the fork with the outlet from Lewis Lakes. On the south side of Summit Creek, just a bit up the outlet are some nice camping spots as well as a few nice spots to fish. From there it's a pretty easy hike up the granite to Iceland and Ridge Lakes. I did a 3-night trip in this area June of 2009 and it was great.
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Re: TR- Kennedy Lake

Post by FeetFirst » Fri May 25, 2012 4:05 pm

Carne_DelMuerto wrote:Feetfirst, you might want to consider hiking up Summit Creek to the fork with the outlet from Lewis Lakes. On the south side of Summit Creek, just a bit up the outlet are some nice camping spots as well as a few nice spots to fish. From there it's a pretty easy hike up the granite to Iceland and Ridge Lakes. I did a 3-night trip in this area June of 2009 and it was great.
Thanks! Ironically, I just finished reading some trip reports that describe this exact route for Iceland Lakes. From the map, it looks like the topography is more foregiving coming in that way. I think this is the plan, but it's all contingent on conditions when we're out there. From what I've read, this area has caused problems, and a death, in the past.
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Re: TR- Kennedy Lake

Post by vinhboy » Tue May 29, 2012 11:00 am

Thanks OP for this TR.

Me and a couple of buddies hiked this trail inspired by your TR pics. It was great a trip 5/27 - 5/28. One of the most beautiful places I have ever visited (I am a fan of meadows...)

The only downside was that it was in the low 30's at night, so none of us could sleep because we were freezing.

The first uphill mile was tough, but the rest of the way was not too bad.

If you want to enjoy this beautiful meadow, without the hike, you could rent a pack horse at the trailhead and it will carry you and your gear up to Kennedy Lake.

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