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TR: Summit Creek - Big Sam - Kennedy Creek Loop, June 14/15

Postby vhsvhs » Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:50 pm

Hi Everyone,

I enjoyed a quick 25-mile loop in Emigrant Wilderness this weekend. On Friday June 14th, I climbed from Kennedy Meadows Resort up Summit Creek to Lunch Meadow. On Saturday, I climbed over Brown Bear Pass, trekked cross-country to High Emigrant Lake, climbed Big Sam Peak, and then dropped to Kennedy Lake. As the sun was setting, I strolled down Kennedy Canyon and returned to the trailhead at KM Resort. (I'm exhausted).

My buddy E.P. joined me, which made the large miles and the climbing feel like a fun challenge, rather than a grueling slog.

This was my first time on Big Sam Peak. The summit views are outstanding, and I highly recommend this mountain, especially if you setup a base camp at Kennedy Lake.

Snow Update: Brown Bear Pass is basically clear of snow, except for a few trivial patches on its north side. Big Sam Peak, however, continues to hold a lot of snow on its north face. We were descending the snow, fortunately, so we enjoyed some excellent glissading.

Mosquito Update: The bugs were out in force at Lunch Meadow, and around Kennedy Lake. I rate the annoyance factor as 5 out of 10.

Here are some photographs. . . .

On Brown Bear Pass, looking southeast:
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Emigrant Meadow Lake:
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On the summit of Big Sam, looking down to Kennedy Lake:
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Descending the north face of Big Sam:
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The north face of Big Sam continues to hold some snow:
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Kennedy Lake is just about perfect right now!
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I posted more media here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/victorhans ... 159544915/
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Re: TR: Summit Creek - Big Sam - Kennedy Creek Loop, June 14/15

Postby venturefar » Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:47 pm

Nice TR. Drivefly44 and ran into you at Emigrant Meadow Lake on Saturday. Thanks for posting.
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Re: TR: Summit Creek - Big Sam - Kennedy Creek Loop, June 14/15

Postby vhsvhs » Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:53 pm

@venturefar - Awesome. It was nice chatting with you and Drivefly44. I'm sure we'll cross paths again. Enjoy your JMT trek!
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Re: TR: Summit Creek - Big Sam - Kennedy Creek Loop, June 14/15

Postby justm » Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:33 pm

Nice photos, thanks for the info !
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