Horseback Riding in Kennedy Meadows, Sonora, California USA

17 mi/27.4 km
3000 ft/914.4 m
Sonora Pass is located near Pinecrest, Tuolumne County, California, USA. It is off of Highway about 60 mi/96.5 km east of Sonora.

There are some very popular trails for horseback riding in Sonora Pass. One of the best trails is Kennedy Meadows to Snow Lake. It is a 17 mi/27.4 km ride, that climbs about 3000 ft/914.4 m to reach Snow Lake, in the heart of the Emigrant Wilderness. It is one of the most horse friendly paths in the Sierra.

You can arrange with Kennedy Meadows Resort to park the horse trailers. When you follow Kennedy Meadows trail, you climb up past Relief Reservoir and after that Summit Creek, before getting down over Mosquito Pass. You can make a loop, if you go back via Emigrant Pass and Brown Bear Pass.

The trail was cleaned up of trees by members of the Backcountry Horsemen of California – Mid Valley Unit and became suitable for horseback riding. You can visit Kennedy Meadows Pack Station, a stable located at Kennedy Meadows, at the edge of the Emigrant Wilderness.

The stable offers day trips and extended pack trips. The hour rides last about 1 hour and 15 minutes and take you through the Upper Meadow, across the river and then back again to the far side of the river in a beautiful loop. The half day ride is approximately three and a half hours long and takes you to a Relief Reservoir, where you can have a walk to the dam, eat something and take pictures.

Day rides are made to two destinations, Emigrant Wilderness and Carson Iceberg Wilderness. If you choose an all day ride, you can have a picnic and also fish or hike around the wilderness.

How to Get to Destination

164 mi / 264 km, 3 hrs 5 mins
Follow I-880S to San Jose. Take the exit 31 for I-238 to I-580/Stockton/Fresno. Follow the signs for I-238/I-880/Castro Valley/Stockton Fresno and enter I-238 S. Enter I-580E. Go straight for I-205E. Enter I-5N. Take the exit California 4E to Downtown Stockton. Enter CA-4 E. Enter CA-4 E/CA-99 S. Take the exit 252B to enter CA-4 E to Farmington Rd. Turn right to CA-4 E/Farmington Rd. Go to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Head straight for CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Central Valley
89.6 mi / 144.2 km, 2 hrs 4 mins
Follow CA-108 E/E F St. Continue to follow CA-108E. Enter CA-49 N/W Stockton St. Turn left on CA-49 N/Golden Chain Highway N/S Washington St. Make an open right turn to Parrots Ferry Rd. Head straight to Parrots Ferry Rd. Turn right to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
125 mi / 201.2 km, 2 hrs 41 mins
Follow CA-99S. Take exit 273 to Liberty Rd. Turn left on Liberty Rd. Turn right to CA-88W. Turn left to CA-12E. Continue to CA-49 S/Golden Chain Highway S/W St Charles St. Turn left to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Continue straight to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
Columbia Airport,
50.6 mi / 81.4 km

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