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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.

hiking
3 days ago

I just hiked this on 6.16.18. No snow on trail only a small patch near top. Very windy at the summit. The last section from the top of Kearsarg Pass to the summit is nothing to joke about, this is the hardest part of this hike since it is straight up. Save your energy for this section. There seems to be a trail to the summit that you can follow however it is very hard to see on the way up. Such a beautiful hike and a great view into Kings Canyon!

hiking
4 days ago

I loved this hike, we saw a lot of wildlife. We saw two rattlesnakes and a bear which was amazing. Others around us on the trail also talked about seeing other rattlesnakes, so watch your step! When we saw a bear, there was a ranger around who instructed us when to walk, and to walk fast. Overall, it was a nice hike, pretty flat with great views.

The first 2 or so miles are completely flat. The only thing that makes this a moderate is the distance. Lots of stairs, but completely doable. Make sure to use bug spray, and bring it with you to reapply!

hiking
4 days ago

Great day hike. A few places along the river had smoldering prescribed burns. No problems with bugs at noon. Busy trail, never seen this many people on the trails other than at General Grant and Sherman. Pack plenty of water and snacks. Not a long hike but temps at mid-seventies, can dehydrate fast and steep elevation at the end can sap energy reserve. My loop took 3.5 hrs and I am in decent fitness condition. check out my pics.

scenic driving
4 days ago

Beautiful drive. The canyon just keeps going and going.

Worth the stop. The falls are beautiful and easy to access.

Very easy fun trail. Very heavy trafficked trail thay follows the river then meadow and loops around a beautiful rock fall that includes a tunnel to go through. I would barely even consider this a hike as it was a busy flat walking path through Kong’s canyon. Must do if in the area!

hiking
12 days ago

Wonderful trail with breathtaking views of Kings Canyon!
We started out early and were alone at the Mist Falls. Hiking the trail took us just over 4 hours, including an extensive break at the falls.
FYI: There were a lot of mosquitos on the first section of the trail, so I'd recommend bringing repellent.

This was the most incredible drive I’ve ever seen. Was in awe the entire way.

Honestly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

walking
13 days ago

Not really a hike, but pretty neat spot.

This was pretty neat, and easy for a fat guy like me to walk it.

This is a great hike with many giant Sequoias to see. I really enjoyed being able to see such beauty without the crowds like some of the other groves. The hike is not too difficult. We did see a bear, but never felt threatened.

hiking
13 days ago

Fun trail with great views of massive rock cliffs that runs next to a scenic river. Mist falls is very impressive and a good spot for a snack. The bugs weren’t bad today, but it was slightly warmer with a mild breeze. One downside is the time it takes to get to the trailhead if you’re not staying close (we came from Sequoia National Park).

What a wonderful hike! It’s not for the faint of heart - you’ll want to definitely be on board to do this hike because you’re kind of in the middle of nowhere. We were a little skeptical by the unpaved dirt road getting up there but stay confident - you’ll get to the main area eventually. There were very few people there but we were relieved to see we weren’t alone! We took the Hart Redwood fallen Goliath loop and it’s definitely longer than what the sign says. It’s a little over 8 miles. Overall, the hike was beautiful. The weather was perfect for us - and the trees and landscape were breathtaking. Most of the hike is shaded so it’s relatively cooler (make sure you pack accordingly). Lots of cool things to see - waterfalls, amazing trees, wildflowers, and possibly wildlife! We were warned by other hikers that there were bears spotted so be alert! Highly recommended. No crazy inclines but it’s definitely a good, long workout. We were pretty tired by the end. My hiking partner/boyfriend/lover/babushka said it was his favorite trail he’s ever been on.

Great hike! The creek canyon is far more lush than the Giant Forest area and was very peaceful. No mosquitos yet as of first week of June. The climb out of the canyon has great views despite all the smog, and the Sugar Bowl grove of sequoias was really stunning. Still a lot of wildflowers on the hill walking back down to the parking lot as well. Saw more hikers than I was expecting on a Monday but by no means crowded. The road still has some deep ruts and potholes in places but if you are careful you could avoid them in a sedan.

hiking
16 days ago

This “trail” should just be and out and back instead of a loop. We crossed the bridge on the way back
to complete the loop but when we came to the point where the AllTrails map shows you can cross the river to enter the parking lot we we were unable to cross. Little did we know they open up the damn in the afternoon causing the river to rise, making it impassible. Other than the frustration of the 6 mile detour it was a beautiful hike. It can be done in 4 hours with plenty of time to hang out and take pictures if you make it an out and back. We did come across a nice size rattle along the way so be on the lookout, blends in with the trail. Also we got up close and personal with a bear blocking the trail which was pretty cool to see.

Nice hike, but it’s a little tough to follow the path as you reach sight of the rocky bald summit. And after enjoying a nice twilight vista, it’s doubly hard to find the path back down.

Good hikes. Lots of beautiful trees and scenery. Was really foggy so it has a creepy forest feel and we could not see 15 ft ahead of us. Very enjoyable. Much more than 6.5 miles however. I would say more like 8.

backpacking
17 days ago

River crossing is tricky at the beginning of trail. Head further down stream to find better crossing points.
The first group of switchbacks are tough but the rest is not very exposed. Not very scenic after Sphinx creek. Ample campgrounds and a few have bear boxes. We did an overnight a Junction Meadow with a walk up permit.

Man oh man! Hell of a trail! 4K ft to 10k ft elevation change was intense. 70 pound packs for all 4 of us we had no idea what we were in for. Then after camping the night at the top the next day we set out for granite pass and as we went through granite basin, thunder, lightning, hail... it turned to a nightmare real quick. Needless to say We never made it over the pass. And this hike I went on was 4 years ago around June. I will be attempting again this summer. Wish me luck.

hiking
19 days ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I have been on! We left at 2:00 pm on a sunny day so bugs were not at all an issue. There is plenty of shade for most of the trail so it never got too hot either. There were a couple of false alarms on Mist Falls, as there are some smaller falls, so don't stop until you see the placard. It is a must-do if you go to the park!

Notes:
No bathroom on trail
Bring plenty of water - there is a bottle refill station at the entrance
Bring a light raincoat if you plan to spend any time at the actual falls
Bring sunscreen and bug spray (or long sleeves and hat netting)
Wear shoes you don't mind getting wet and muddy (Ours were fine but there were a few muddy spots and saw the terrain was capable of holding water after rain or snow melt)

as others have said, this hike isn't for the faint of heart (even the ranger at Road's End wished us good luck at the outset). the views are definitely best in the first half on the ascent (or the last half of the descent), and they're pretty damn spectacular. we encountered fog and damp conditions starting at upper tent meadow.

hiking
21 days ago

Awesome!!

22 days ago

The hike itself was great. Not much sight seeing unless you’re into history of the trees. There was however, cool humongous trees to walk through and climb.

hiking
23 days ago

one of the best trials. it has meadow, forest, rock, falls, river, bridge in one trial. when you reach the mist falls, do not forget look back, it is amazing. i sit there and had the lunch. awesome!

So Beautiful! Simply unreal meadow and views. Serene and one of best hike ever!

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail and beautiful views aside from the waterfall.

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