Kings Canyon Scenic Byway is a 50 mile point-to-point trail located near Visalia, CA and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is accessible from November until April.
One of North America's deepest canyons reaching up to 8,200 ft. deep, Kings Canyon is the gateway to the western Sierras. Running from Grant Grove in Sequoia National Park to the end of Hwy 180, this Byway features big trees, views, cliffs, rivers, falls, wildlife and mountains. Open from late spring through October the road winds 6 miles past Cedar Grove Village into the Sierras at the end of the road, meeting up with hiking trails to explore [e.g. Mist Falls]. The road is about 37 miles and an hour each way and parallels the Kings River featuring some great stops like Panorama Point, Grant Grove, Junction View, Yucca Point, Boyden Cavern, Grizzly Falls, Canyon View, Roaring River Falls, and the end of the road at Zumwalt Meadows. Our trip in 2006 was a bit smoky as several active fires spread in the valley. We enjoyed the trip and plan to spend more time and go further in at the trail stops on our return.