Explore the most popular fishing trails in Kings Canyon National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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.

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

hiking
14 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).

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.

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)

hiking
22 days ago

Awesome!!

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!

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail and beautiful views aside from the waterfall.

Caltrans has reopened Highway 180 past Hume that morning, so we decided to drive down to do this hike. Hike is easy and flat. The hike to the Roaring River Falls goes alongside the highway. Lots of bugs on Zumwalt trail. Very beautiful and peaceful hike and not many people on the trail. Highly recommend!

backpacking
2 months ago

A lovely summer week in the Sierra - one of the best! The lakes were glassy in the mornings and reflected the surroundings flawlessly. We did the loop clock-wise. There were lots of rattlesnakes up to Paradise Meadows.

backpacking
2 months ago

absolutely amazing one of the best things iv ever done

backpacking
3 months ago

An super awesome trail, I can remember seeing a reflection of the Milky Way in Littel Rae lake Along side of Fin Dome!!!! In2000 Can’t wait to get back there this summer!!!

hiking
3 months ago

I was looking for a trail during a solo Kings/Sequoia 3 day trip and wanted to look into a nice hike I can spend majority of the day with. I picked Mist Falls over all the other trails because of the end point being a nice waterfall. Growing up near Joshua Tree NPS I anticipated the trail to be fairly barren (meaning not much to look at) until the end of the trail but this trail proved otherwise and not disappoint! The first chunk of the trail has light shade and is fairly flat, then you shift into a denser forest before you get granted with a nice walk along the Kings River. The overflow from the river does feed into the trail, which forces you to maneuver a bit more off trail expected but it was easy to find your way back. Dense forest goes into fairly open canyon stone trail with a bit of elevation gain that increases in intervals. The last mile of the trail does get a bit strenuous if you're not careful with heat and your own pacing. The waterfall, however, does not disappoint and you're treated with a nice view of the canyon.
Round trip took about 5-6 hours including a short picnic at the end of the trail. Waterproof hiking shoes and bug spray are highly recommended!

Lost GPX file so had to draw it out. Much more strenuous than the 17 miles (GPX file read ~25 miles) and 5000 vertical feet described. First and last 6 miles (on trail up to Lamarck Col and down from Muriel Lake) are fine but everything in between is scrambling, talus, shale, route finding. All class 3, sometimes having to take off packs etc. Still worth it for the views of Darwin Canyon if you don't have time for the 55 mile North Lake to South Lake loop. Doable in 3 days but don't underestimate the route finding/talus/boulder fields.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is a best kept secret at Kings Canyon National Park!!! First of all, driving back to this trail has more beautiful grand views, than any views in Yosemite or Sequoia National Parks. The first half of the trail has just enough mosquitoes to drive you crazy but its easy to speed through high mosquito zone. The second half of the trail opens up and has some of the best canyon views of a fast flowing river I have ever seen. The views of the falls at the end of the trail make it well worth toughing out the mosquitoes.

hiking
5 months ago

Not too difficult but by far, one of my favorite hikes......you better like stairs though! Make sure to pick a warm day to do this trek because it'll add to the overall beauty while keeping you energized to continue.

aside from getting eaten alive by bugs, it was a fantastic hike.

fun trail with a good payoff at the end. Great drive up to the trailhead as well.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome trail. Killer mosquitos. Stunning views

Awesome easy flat hike in King’s Canyon. Flat. Loved the meadow board walk and rock sections.

backpacking
7 months ago

Had a great trip here on an unusually warm and clear weekend in late October. We did the clockwise loop from Road's End in 3 days / two nights. All told I would've enjoyed having another day or two to spend up by the lakes. The total mileage for the loop from Road's End is more like 42 and of the few other parties we saw it seemed like 4 or 5 days was the more common outing. This is a really fine bit of the sierras!

Nice hike. Views of rock falls, stream and forest. Feels remote even though there's a road very nearby.

backpacking
8 months ago

Hiked Sept 26-30th, stayed at Middle Paradise, Woods Crossing, Rae Lakes, and Junction Meadow. Bear boxes at parking lot and each camp site (except at Junction Meadow).

Perfect time of year to visit, since not crowded but still beautiful. Got cold enough at night at Rae Lakes to freeze the hose of our Camelbak. Some ice on trail up to glen pass at 11 am. Barely any snow on glen pass, and was easy enough to hike over the one patch at the top after noon in regular shoes/boots.

Wildlife highlights: lots of warblers including Hermit and Townsend's in Paradise Valley, Northern Saw-whet owl tooting at Middle Paradise, Lewis's woodpecker just past Paradise Bridge, lots of Clark's nutcrackers, marmots near Rae lakes ranger station, lots of pikas between Rae lakes and glen pass, large flocks of evening grosbeaks and band-tailed pigeons below junction meadow, and an inquisitive marten right above sphinx creek.

hiking
8 months ago

I have to give it a 4 due to all the (non-biting) flies on the trail. Otherwise, this is a definite 5-Star trail that is not too difficult, and has constant beautiful scenery.

Great hike with great views. Enjoy the climb!

hiking
9 months ago

Parking lot at road's end was pretty crowed for a weekday morning however once I got on the trail it was pretty empty. Lots of bugs on the trail. Pretty flat for the first two miles as it follows along the river in the canyon then makes a turn to head north still following the river and begins to climb. Along with the falls also make sure you stop at the rock outlook and look back towards an amazing view down the canyon.

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