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hiking
4 days ago

Split this hike up into a two day event. Started late at 9am after getting a walk up wilderness permit at the Roads End station. Be sure to check the weather around this time of year, during our trip we ended up getting caught in two storms. Almost all of the trail is uphill and can start to drag on you if you’re not it shape or used to higher altitudes. The views are spectacular, especially after Upper Meadows, in my opinion. There is plenty of water, just be sure to bring a filter or steri-pen. If you have the time visit Grouse Lake, just be aware of sunburns at the higher altitudes.

Nice easy hike that’s relatively flat the entire way. The highlight of this trail is Bailey’s Bridge. Lots of sandy river bed areas to enjoy a break and a swim. We started at the trailhead by the Road’s End ranger station and went up to Mist Falls. After descending from Mist Falls, we decided to return by taking the other half of the loop on the south side of the river. Lots of gnats and mosquitoes though.

Great hike overall. Especially loved the constant change of scenery. We saw a brown bear and her cub on the way up, was incredible! The only downside were the bugs, so bring repellent.

hiking
7 days ago

Started at Zumwalt Meadow and extended our hike to include the trail to Bailey’s bridge. From Bailey’s bridge, we began the climb to Mist Falls. We encountered gnats and mosquitoes throughout the entire 12.8 miles. More pleasant wildlife encounters included a bear, a mule train, and a snake. Although the granite stairway to Mist Falls was tough, it was totally worth it to see waterfall.

hiking
8 days ago

the nuisance of bugs was minor compared to the overall hike. great views. just challenging enough. looking forward to exploring the other trails in the area

hiking
13 days ago

Started about 3pm, made it to Upper Tent Meadow a bit before dark - glad we didn't try to make it to the top, it is steep! We had good conditions, but it is clear this trail can be incredibly hot and dry. Upper Tent Meadow has spots for only three or four 1-2 person tents - there is nowhere flat to setup larger tents.

Camped the next night at an incredible site on the ridge just above the tarn just below Grouse Lake. Highly recommended - and, like Upper Tent Meadows, limited to just three 1-2 person tents.

Great hike! You get a little bit of everything with this hike and you are almost always within ear shot of the river. When you get to the falls, the mist from it is quite invigorating and refreshing!

Loved this one!

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail! Can be heavily trafficked on certain days. Kings Canyon does not disappoint. Absolutely beautiful! Even with the smoky skies from California wildfires. Take bug spray, the mosquitoes can be relentless.

Excellent for a short walk, great scenary.

This is a very steep and very hot hike, but it gets you right on the ridge of the canyon for one of the best overlooks in the area! It's not very long so should only take a few hours, but is definitely a MODERATE hike, not an easy one! It's extremely steep and is essentially steep switchbacks the entire way up!

hiking
23 days ago

This trail is amazing. I would definitely recommend going past mist falls into paradise valley though. Not an extreme amount of climbing after the falls and is totally worth it. It's an entirely new world there and only adds about 3-4 miles onto your trip. Can get kind of crowded and buggy but definitely a must see when in Kings Canyon!

hiking
23 days ago

Amazing hike. Totally recommended. Not very high but with amazing views.
We took the loop back and saw 3 dears, so beautiful! You should do it, take your time and enjoy beautiful views!!

backpacking
27 days ago

Bears

Very nice hike...wasn’t crowded at all when we went (10:00am on a Friday). My wife and I took our time on this hike exploring all along the way...in the end this hike took us 6 hours to hike to the falls and back. When you arrive at Mist Falls (to the actual sign announcing Mist Falls) know that there is a path that isn’t marked that can take you down to the water where you can get close to the Falls. This is where we had our lunch. On our last 3 miles on the way back it started to rain on us. We had decided to take the loop back which was a much different scenic view than the first leg leaving the trail head (if you have the time I recommend this route back). As all the other comments stated...lots and lots of mosquitos for the first two miles or so.

Hiked this trail in early July with my husband who walks with a cane. Chose it due to its great reviews and ‘easy’ rating. Bad choice. First, the listed length of 2.1 miles is only correct if you take the connector trail between the lower and upper paths. The whole loop as shown on AllTrails is easily another mile or more. Second, there is significant elevation change and parts of the trail were quite steep and difficult for my husband to manage. Also narrow and overgrown with weeds including poison oak. A few nice views but mostly dense forest, which at least provides plenty of shade. The only bench we found was close to the parking area. It was pretty challenging for my husband, and I would rate the difficulty as moderate, not easy. We returned to find our car broken into, rear and passenger windows smashed. No valuables stolen except my husband’s thrift store jacket and a bag of used books. All in all a disappointing experience.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with beautiful scenery. Lots if water and falls. The first mile is quite flat, exposed and boring. If hiking in the evening, apply bug repellent or wear a bug screen. Very easy trail, that gets tougher once you pass the falls and head toward Paradise Valley. .

Beautiful picturesque trail that is almost completely shaded so it's great for hot sunny days. The top half is super easy but at the bottom it gets harder with a few switchbacks to climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a hike that anyone visiting Kings Canyon/Sequoia NP should take. The trail is rather easy in the beginning as it winds through the forest with the South Fork King’s River to your right for the majority of the trip. But for all the beauty you experience you WILL be eaten alive by bugs. Even with frequent spraying of bug spray they managed to get every inch of me. About 2 miles in if you take the right fork you can get some beautiful views off a suspension bridge over the river. Shortly after this portion you will begin your climb. Of course with the gain in elevation you will see many smaller falls off to your right that you will been keen to snap some photos of. The falls are clearly marked on the trail by a sign and you can either continue the trail to the upper portion of the falls or relax at the bottom. The cool mist is so refreshing and offers a wonderful atmosphere to have lunch.

Terrible first mile, the trail is covered with sand/crushed granite and it exhausting to walk in but the rest of the hike is gorgeous!

It was a decently hot day and no real good shade for first couple of miles. the trail is sandy then becomes rocky. slight grade uphill until the top but does have variation so it decreases the difficulty. there were spots all along the trail to hop in the water or cool yourself down. the views all the way there were amazing. complaints are the squitos. yuck, even with bug repellant. the falls were beautiful and there were lots of space to sit back an enjoy. wish we would have seen some wildlife but only lizards and squirrels. beautiful, moderate day hike. bring lots of water!

Nice easy trail with informative signs about the plant life - will bring visitors & friends back on this one!

my backyard! :)

backpacking
1 month ago

Definitely tougher than expected. We backpacked in from Road's End, along Bubb's Creek, up the switchbacks, and then camped at Junction Meadow. The switchbacks are tough, but the trail gradually climbs for another 6 miles or so afterward.

There is pretty much access to water along the whole trail.

Saw a rattlesnake about 6 miles in, which confirms what an earlier reviewer said.

Lots of mosquitos and flies, we saw several people with bug nets over their faces.

The switchbacks are very scenic, afterwards is still beautiful but not as scenic.

There are bear boxes at many of the campsites.

There are several creek crossings, as of June 2018 the creek crossings were all manageable.

hiking
1 month ago

Let me preface by saying that I was unable to make it to the waterfall due to a knee injury and the climb at the end would have been too much for me.

I honestly would have given this hike 4-5 stars (even without making it to the waterfall-it’s that gorgeous) if it weren’t for the awful sandy part in the beginning. It literally felt like we were walking on beach sand. Which is fine at first, but gets really old, really fast. Especially on tired legs as you’re coming back.

Otherwise, it was beautiful! Great views the whole way. The river was gorgeous. Fairly gradual climb until the end.

Bring lots of water if you go in the summer! It was in the 90s when we went and we felt every bit of that. Also bring lots of bug spray. They were relentless! Not a lot of shade for a good portion of the beginning (the awful sandy part) so keep that in mind if you go in the summer. We hiked this on 6/20/18.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hike. Great views of the canyon and the falls, with a decent amount of shade. I went yesterday, and even though the parking lot was overflowing, the trail didn't seem that busy. I think the length depends on which way you go though. I went out and back, instead of in a loop, and it was a little over 9 miles. Still a good day hike though, and I finished in about 4 hours.

The main reason it didn't get 5 stars is that there are a LOT of bugs. Even with bug spray, I still got bit, so come prepared!

hiking
1 month ago

A fun trail but definitely some mosquitos in the summer so bring bug spray.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views! Parking lot was full but we saw very few people on the trail. As we were returning, we crossed the Bailey Bridge and finished the hike on the “Kanawyer trail”. We preferred the trail on that side of the river. If you use that side you do have to walk a little further to reach the bridge to Zumwalt Meadow. I didn’t see any wildlife or notice the mosquitoes.

We hiked this trail yesterday 6/25/18. It’s a great hike! We saw a Momma bear with 2 cubs. The falls and the views are outstanding! The mosquitoes were bad at spots. Use bug spray.

backpacking
1 month ago

Can’t give nature less than 5 stars! Super pretty! But as the last reviewer mentioned, not « panoramic » past the switchback. Still totally gorgeous, with lots of changes in scenery throughout. The creek is loud!! And the water is incredibly pristine. But bring the bug repellent! Also, this hike to Junction Meadows is a butt kicker: the switchback is toughest, but it keeps going up after that too. Not as steep, but it goes up very consistently. Possible rattlesnake den at about 6 miles? A hiker saw one hours before we did. Found a beautiful camping spot before Junction M to camp that had its own little beach. Wish we had time to make it to East Lake! Would have loved a 2 nighter here (and a fishing pole!! Saw 2 beautiful trouts at our spot). Overall a kick butt adventure we loved for an overnight walk up. -Do note the last reviewer’s comment about the first creek crossing.

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