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Honestly, this is a butt kicker. Since it was rated as easy I took a first timer with me. This should probably be considered a moderate trail. It does get you tired after a while since it's literally always going up. The views at the top are incredible. It is so worth it, we stayed at the top for a while! The views are just incredible. The trail didn't really take us that long to get it done but it did get us really tired
The 1st mile will definitely warm you up. Really enjoyable out and back trail. The view from the peak is well worth the effort to get there. The elevation change from the floor of the San Joaquin Valley to the 10K+ was noticeable. Expect other hikes to join you at the peak but was not crowded by any means
[Note: I do not know why this site says located in "Dunlap." This hike is in the heart of Kings Canyon, in Cedar Grove]
If you want to enjoy spectacular views of the canyon, take this hike! However, it's gonna cost you .... in calories burned, sweat and aching leg muscles! .... but that is the fun of it! The hike starts near Hotel Creek, but quickly veers away from it. You will not see water the rest of the way.
At that point, get ready for a strenuous 1,300 foot climb using switchbacks. You'll be going through pines and brush (and lots of sun, if you don't leave early enough in the morning). Suggestion: leave early in the morning!
Once you get to the top, it's flat (and easy) for a half mile or so to the "look out point." Spectacular back country and canyon views await you! Have your lunch and relax and take in the views. There are some great rocks, trees and shade to hang out on. When I went in early June, I only ran into one person and so had the viewing area all to myself.
Make sure to take the loop trail and come down on the other side. I rate the views trail area at the top, a 5 Star, and the hike coming up and going down a 3, so I averaged it to a 4.