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John Muir considered Kings Canyon as a rival to Yosemite Valley. The view of the canyon is breathtaking and a portal to extensive hiking opportunities. Home to granite peaks and wild rivers, giant sequoia groves and the General Grant Tree (the world's second largest), Kings Canyon National Park should be on every hikers "to do" list.

2 days ago

Completed on 5/19/17. The water level was high, making for a fantastic hike. You could hear the roar of the stream most of the way up.

A couple of cautionary notes.
1. The bugs are everywhere. Definitely bring bug spray and/or long sleeves and pants. You may be hot, but I'd rather be a little hot and cool off by splashing stream water on me than being eaten alive by bugs.
2. Watch out for rattlesnakes. We saw two sunning themselves on rocks about .5 miles south of the falls in the early afternoon. Just be aware of your surroundings.

Would highly recommend this trail, especially while snow is still visible along the canyon.

3 days ago

Just completed this yesterday. Some of the best views I've ever seen. The hike gets tough around the rocky/sunny areas, but it is worth it. The first two miles are dry, but the hike picks up as you get closer to the water. Just keep going! Near the top (about 7 miles up) the water mellows out near a meadow. The mist feels great on a hot day.

Hiked this today (5/6) and the weather was much less than desirable (33 when we finished). Parked at quail flats and walked about 2 miles down the road to the trailhead as a park ranger told us to do-- conditions were totally safe to park at the trailhead though. We hiked an additional 3 miles crossed a stream and kind of seemed to lose the trail. There are some signs but not tons. There was a lot of fog which was beautiful but lacked sunshine

The tress are gorgeous!

Easy hike down and the hike up is moderate-- pretty much making up the elevation the whole time! I'm an avid crossfitter and in pretty good shape and the hike up was a solid moderate:)

Tip: in kings canyon and sequoia you are at elevation--- water water water! And prepare for it to be chilly!

Nice walk from roaring River Falls but the meadows is quite flooded at the moment.

we didn't make the whole loop but we went counter clockwise to Charlotte lake and back. extremely hard counter clockwise. everybody on the trail says clockwise is easier. but amazing and I would do it again. we did see 2 rattlesnakes when we did this hike.

1 month ago

Rae lakes is like no other place...brook trout on almost every cast...its no wonder why this is a favorite section of the JMT and PCT...wilderness permit applications start on March 1st...Wood Creek and Bubbs creek go fast...

2 months ago

Nice view, take bug spray!!

2 months ago

Did this hike back in 91'. I have been here since then, coming from a Rae Lakes backpack trip also. Much less water on the latter trip. There was lots in June of 91' though. Water roars over this really fast during the spring run off. The first couple miles is almost flat, then it climbs steady to the falls. Worth seeing in the spring and early summer.

great little hike to get loosened up for longer ones. Roaring river falls is always worth sitting at for a while. Stopped on the bridge over the South Fork and saw a guy in a wet suit body surfing down river through the rapids. Crazy. easy walking

Went August 2016. Absolutely amazing! 5 days. Counter clock wise.