Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservior Trail

HARD 6 reviews
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Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservior Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.2 miles 1610 feet Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips




wild flowers

A great hike with a lot of beautiful sights to see.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Awesome trail. I absolutely love this trail. It has plenty of life and growth and tall trees. Plus your hiking alongside a creek with fresh water. This trail was very scenic. However, it is very steep. This was a challenging hike. It is about 4 miles from Kennedy meadows to relief reservoir and it is an uphill battle the whole way. (About 1600ft) uphill. Be prepared to go uphill. But it is beautiful and there are several locations to pitch a tent if you don't make it all the way to the reservoir.

10 months ago

Difficult climb up to Relief Dam, but the payoff is totally worth it.

1 year ago

Amazing trail, parking is kind of strange, you park then walk on the road through a lodge then trail begins. Since there is a lodge, this trail can be busy, with both people (I don’t mind that) and horses (kind of mind). Trail is very nice a good climb up. Very photogenic area once you get to the lake, going up a lot of it is exposed, so have water and a hat. We saw a Bald Eagle make a dive at the reservoir there and at the time we were the only ones there, but I am sure it can get busy there. Highly recommended trail, oh be sure once you get to a split stay to the right, the other trail goes to another longer trail.

1 year ago

Fantastic hike. Started at Baker Campground so was a bit longer. Beautiful scenery every direction if you don't mind some horse crap and pee every now and then. Steady climb all throughout the hike but that also means a quick descent! Tons of wildflowers, wildlife, and great views of the reservoir on the way down.

4 years ago

This trail is well marked and beautiful. There are some definite climbs in altitude but well layed out.
Once at the reservoir it is gorgeous. My family camps in Kennedy Meadows and have hiked and done trail rides up there.
We love this area. Lots of walking along the river.