Relief Reservoir Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pinecrest, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Summit District Ranger Office: Travel 29 miles east on Highway 108 to Kennedy Meadow Road. The trailhead is located just south of Deadman Campground near Kennedy Meadows Resort.
Did this trail in May 2015 it has some pretty steep climbs in it and to the southern tip of the lake and back was over 10 miles making for a 6 hour day. Some really old equipment left on the trail from where they built it and some of the bridges and hauled equipment up to the dam. Great hike.
This is more than a 3-mile hike if you actually want to get down to the lake. 6 miles from the trailhead parking lot to the campsites at the lake west of Grouse Creek. It might be 3 miles from the wilderness sign to the lookout. Beautiful views, good fishing. A great hike, but just be aware that 3 miles isn't exactly accurate.