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Best lake trails in Kings Canyon National Park

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Explore the most popular lake 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.
Map of lake trails in Kings Canyon National Park
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461,901 acres
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Top trails (24)
#1 - Rae Lakes Trail
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 41.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
You will need an update Wilderness Permit Application to visit this Park. Please find the application here: https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/upload/NoYear-Wilderness-permit-app5-13-2020.pdfShow more
#2 - Sugar Bowl - Redwood Creek Loop
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 39 m
#3 - Mount Gould Trail
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 9.0 mi • Est. 6 h 11 m
#4 - Onion Valley Campground to Rae Lakes via Kearsarge Pass
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 23.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
#5 - John Muir Trail in Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 83.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
John Muir Trail - America's most beautiful long-distance trail - is a 220 mile point-to-point trail running from Yosemite Nat'l Park south to the summit of Mount Whitney, with an exit at Whitney Portal.Show more
#6 - Mount Williamson Trail
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 25.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
This route leads up Shepard Pass and continues southeast towards Williamson Bowl. Follow some cairns to drop down and cross the boulder field. Cairns mark a way across the boulders. The hardest part of the trail is the west face route rock chute, but you can try the Bolton Browning route instead, although it is more technical. Final crux is a class 3 climb with little exposure. Once on the summit plateau, follow a few final cairns to the south summit.Show more
#7 - Onion Valley, Kearsarge Pass, Forrester Pass, Shepherds Pass Backpacking Trip
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 54.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
#8 - Bullfrog Lake
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 7 h 45 m
The trail begins at the Onion Valley Campground and then proceeds into the Inyo Forest. There is considerable elevation gain and plenty of stunning vistas. Notable lakes that the trail will pass are Little Pothole, Gilbert, Flower, Heart, Big Pothole, and Bullfrog. Although there is a separate trail that leads to Bullfrog Lake, this journey culminates at an elevated view of the lake from the Kearsarge Pass Trail, which is a rewarding sight. The Bullfrog Lake hike can be added to this excursion for any hiker looking for additional trail time. Be sure to bring lots of water, snacks, and a comfortable pair of hiking shoes/boots. This hike is best done during the late spring, summer, and early fall.Show more
#9 - Seville Lake Trail
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 12.9 mi • Est. 6 h 44 m
#10 - Mt. Whitney Loop
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 87.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
The trail starts at Bubbs Creek Trailhead at the End of Road in Kings Canyon National Park near Cedar Grove, CA. A wilderness permit is required for this 5 - 8 day backpacking route that includes hiking to the top of the tallest peak in the continental United States. Show more
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