South Face

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California, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hike / Scramble
Time Required:
One to two days
Class II / III

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Created On: Sep 13, 2003
Last Edited On: Dec 27, 2011


Kennedy Peak is located approximately 8 miles from the Kennedy Meadows trailhead. The trail is well marked and maintained, and is an easy hike.

Route Description

The western ridge can be easily gained from any direction; either Kennedy Lake (north side) or Soda Springs Canyon (south side). Once on the western ridge, do not ascend the ridgeline to the summit as it is a mile long row of jagged volcanic teeth. Rather, traverse the south side of the ridge. Head southeast well below the ridgeline towards the obvious cirque between Kennedy Peak and Molo Mountain.

Just past the small tarn, turn north and start the ascent up the south face of Kennedy Peak. The south face consists of fairly stable, medium size volcanic rock scree. The route leads just left of the summit, up a slight chute. You'll need to jump on top of the 4 foot headwall to ascend the last 30 feet. As Kennedy Lake comes into view, watch your step here as the exposure on the north side of the wall is significant.

Essential Gear

Crampons, ice ax and rope may be required early in the season. No special equipment is needed during the summer other than for overnight backcountry camping.

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