Deadman Campground is within walking distance of Kennedy Meadows. The campground is located at a loop in the Stanislaus River, beside the Kennedy Meadows Road and about a ½ mile from Highway 108. Deadman Campground has a good number of wonderful campsites close to the river, including 2 double sites and 2 walk-in sites.
At nearby Kennedy Meadows Pack Station they offer trail rides into the Emigrant Wilderness. Or for the more adventurous, they will pack you and your gear into a wilderness campsite. The drive up to the summit of Sonora Pass is steep and at times narrow, but the views are spectacular. For a guide to the best fishing around Kennedy Meadows, see Dave's Sierra Fishing - Kennedy Meadows.
The popular Pacific Crest Trail crosses Highway 108 at Sonora Pass, 9.2 miles from Deadman Campground. Many hikers stop at Kennedy Meadows Resort to resupply. Some camp overnight at Deadman Campground or neighboring Baker Campground, although in the summer the campgrounds are often full. Arriving early in the morning offers the best chance for a site. (Use the PCT button to find information about the Pacific Crest Trail at Deadman Campground.)
Pacific Crest Trail Information
Trail Miles Northbound from Sonora Pass
- Boulder Lake trail junction - 12.3 miles
- Paradise Valley - 17.4 miles
- Asa Lake - 24.1 miles
- Highway 4 - 31.5 miles
- Canada Border - 1,633.1 miles
Trail Miles Southbound from Sonora Pass
- Emigrant Pass trail junction - 9.8 miles
- Walker Meadow - 13.9 miles
- Mexican Border - 1016.9 miles
Bridgeport - 31.5 miles southeast via Hwy. 108 & Hwy. 395
Post Office, grocery, lodging, restaurants, laundry, Ken's Sporting Goods, public transportation (Eastern Sierra Transit)
Always confirm mileages and directions with a reliable PCT source such as the Pacific Crest Trail Association's The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail.
General Camping Information
Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.