Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

camping
7 days ago

nice spot to chill before heading back home from sheep creek campground

10 days ago

Fall is incredible in May! Right off the road.

I actually enjoyed this trail. The small little meadows were nice. The bad side is you can either hear the all the vehicles or you are beside the road. It was a nice warm up hike.

Nice walk with some gradual changes in elevation. Not very well marked.

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!

Very nice views !! And very easy to get to.

hiking
1 month ago

Stumbled across this trail while visiting King’s Canyon back at the end of January. A lot of the Park was closed due to snowy roads but we stumbled across this one and fit in one last hike before the end of the day. Easy 40 mins up to the peak and back down right at sunset. Easily made our day as we had our 2 yr old with us.

Trail head is located at the back of the west parking lot. Make sure you stay left on the sunset trail. If you take the north loop trail, it’s very hard to find your way to the lake. We did it but we added two miles to the entire trip and had to make our own trail at times. You can see the lake off the sunset trail. At the lake it says no fishing but we went in late March so no one was there. Also no fish there lol This hike is rated as easy but it’s more like moderate to hard. Good hike overall with very little foot traffic.

hiking
1 month ago

so much snow I had snow coming out my ears lol it was awesome!!! the hike was very beautiful and breathtaking amazing views of some of nature's spectacular creations the giant sequoias are truly a sight to behold!!!!

scenic driving
2 months ago

Did this one as a kid and that was a long time ago...

walking
3 months ago

Not really a trail. right off the road but amazing waterfall!

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely more snow then anticipated but it made this short hike more of a fun adventure. The top was beautiful.

One of the best views for such a short hike.

The trail was hard to follow even with help from a ranger. The lake at the bottom was nothing special, the switchbacks going back up have a pretty decent incline. You’ll definitely get a workout but the view of the lake didn’t make it worthwhile in our opinion

Quick and easy hike. Perfect short and simple trail to get an amazing view of the sunrise if you get up there early enough!

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

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

hiking
7 months ago

Had the whole hike to myself. Stunning views.

It's beautiful! It's a short little hike with little to no elevation change and great for families. You are plopped right down in the middle of a meadow with these huge granite mountains surrounding you. When we were there (late August), the bugs were unbearable. It's worth noting because without spray and long sleeved light weight hiking clothes that we wore we won't have been able to do the hike.

A great, short day hike that is too many visitors miss out on. Perhaps it is so lightly trekked due to its steepness. Despite the rating here, this trail is NOT easy. It's short, but very steep and strenuous, rising 1500 feet over 2 miles of switchbacks. That workout is rewarded with sweeping views of the canyon and the Monarch Divide to the north. You also pass thru a wide extent of forest that was burned in 2015.

Our Labor Day weekend hike took 3 hours and we saw only 1 other hiker (heading down as we ascended) the entire time.

The Roaring River Falls is a short easy walk, well worth it.

So close off the road. Easy to find and beautiful falls!! Loved that there were picnic tables too!

nice little hike for my aging parents. waterfall and river in full effect.

Worth it to relax at the end with a beautiful view in front of you

hiking
9 months ago

Nice views but heavy smoke from fires reduced visibility a lot

walking
9 months ago

Beautiful Waterfall just off the highway. Easy walk to the falls

If you're pressed for time or don't want to do much hiking, start at the falls parking lot and walk a couple minutes in and back. Go to the meadow, do the loop and then walk along the river towards the falls for a bit. Those are the most interesting sections in my opinion. We hiked the full thing.

great trail through a boulder field and meadow... what i would consider a great beginner trail running experience if i was a runner... just enough of a workout after some higher elevation hikes... wild berries were starting to produce...

One of the most beautiful scenic routes I've ever been on...No pictures will do it justice, you just have to experience it for yourself. Although I did take several pictures, most of what I have is video, and I don't think I can upload this.

Washed out edge, but took the mist trail up to add more to the hike.

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