Kennedy Meadows

The porch of the Kennedy Meadows Store (559 850-5647) is rightly celebrated as the Times Square of the PCT world. Aside from the store, there's very little for a hiker in this remote hamlet, the gateway to the High Sierra. No motels, certainly. The store does burgers most days. A few miles down the road, Grumpy Bear's offers a slightly more extensive menu (including ice cream sundaes), plus free WiFi and a shuttle to and from the KM campground. We know nothing about Irelan's, the only other food-service business. PCT journals describe it as hit-and-miss.

If you need a full-service town, with real food and real beds, before the long haul into the southern Sierra, consider getting a ride waaaay down the hill into Ridgecrest. We found it to be a worthwhile detour.