Granite Dome via Kennedy Meadows Trailhead and Ridge Lake. Overnight trip. 3,900 ft elevation gain. Party of 4.
Starting from the Kennedy Meadows Resort, we went off trail from the launch meadow trail just before the confluence of the Summit creek. We camped north of Ridge Lake. The next day we went East toward the upper Lewis Lake and then climbed up the slope to the plateau. The rest is an easy hiking West toward the summit of Granite Dome. I circumvented the upper Lewis Lake counter-clockwise on my way down. Surrounded by granite walls with some small sandy beaches & a gorgeous water color the upper Lewis Lake was the most beautiful among the lakes I saw there. The weather was almost perfect except occasional high wind during the night.
Hiked up to the summit on a nice summer day; I loved the transition from granite slabs to volcanic rubble in NE Emigrant one can see from the top.
A fairly easy climb, but made tougher by hauling full backpacking packs up and over the mountain. Flat summit pretty freaky - reminded me of Half Dome for some reason.
Nice class 2 cross-country all around. I went up from relief lake then circled around and down to the Huckleberry Lake area.
The trip up was a fun day hike from camping along the small lakes on the western side of the dome with various granite slabs, alpine meadows with wildflowers, and barren scree slopes along the way.
Climbed up a nice class 4 route from the east end of Ridge Lake. Descended by a class 4 route to the west end of Ridge Lake.
Hiked in from Silver Mine trailhead. The jeep trail to the trailhead is rugged. Base camped at Iceland Lake. Pretty lake but no fish. Caught a few Brook trout in Upper Lewis Lake. The route from Upper Lewis Lake wasn't too difficult. Great views, well worth the climb.
UP: Long Lake to Cooledge Meadow to Wilson Meadow to summit
Down: Wilson Meadow down Spring Creek/Post Corral Canyon
Near complete snow coverage above 9000', clear skies, views abound.
Camped at Wilson Meadow Lake and followed the route north as decribed in Ben Schifrin's Emigrant guidebook. It was a clear day and the views into Yosemite, Emigrant and Carson Iceberg were awesome! There were some fires near Pinecrest, but they did not affect the views.