Explore the most popular River 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.

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icy
7 days ago

very nice, a few people, ice patch, little slippery. wasn't too cold kid friendly.

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blowdown
icy
11 days ago

Beautiful hike!! The access road to trailhead was not something I I would try in a golf (adding 4 total miles to hike). The access road was very icy for the first 1/4 of the mile after that it is drivable. Anyways back to the hike! Enter though a stand of sequoias that follows through to the top of the mountain. The trees are amazing, but we did have to hike around some blow down trees on the trail. The hike has great Mountain View and finishes off following the creek at the bottom of the mountain. Be on the lookout for bears! We saw lots of bear poop.

hiking
12 days ago

Great first hike. Whole lot less icy then expected. Some small down tress and limbs on the trail. Overall not bad

Oh my! No people at all mid week in February! Paved trail with some snow and ice patches. Very kid friendly. We also saw does.

hiking
14 days ago

My first backpacking trip.it got me hook into backpacking. Adventure!

The trail was nice, complete with a couple of beautiful mountain range views and tons of giant sequoia. The only major negative was the bugs. They were non-stop the entire time. With bug spray it would have been fine — come prepared and you’ll love it.

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washed out
3 months ago

Beautiful short trail for the family. Due to wash out from the King’s River, the meadow is closed to hikers.

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off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
3 months ago

Did this in a day on 11/3/19. 13:40 total time start to finish, partner and I thought about 22 miles, 5600' gain. Fun adventure for those willing to put in a strenuous day and having a light pack made a difference for scramble sections. A good amount of class 3 once off trail, we had one granite slab traverse to 4th class downclimb to avoid a snowfield but that was fun and nothing felt overly technical. Leaving Lamarck Col begins the route finding which we didn't find to be too difficult. A faint trail hugs the northern shore of Darwin Canyon lakes. Turn north before Darwin Bench up a stream and stay hiker's right of the outflow notch. Hug east side of first lake and cut between next lake up to the next bench and lake. Scrambling west side of next lake led to impassable snowfield forcing us to boulder hop and submerge to knees for about 100 ft section in the lake skirting the wall of ice. Snow forced us to do things a low snow year wouldn't which made for slightly slower going but more adventure. Scrambling up to Alpine Col was straight forward and luckily not much snow in the way for down scramble through giant boulders. Once to Goethe Lake it's slow going scrambling for a ways along the east side. Cut between the next lake and stay west side of that one and Muriel. Once around the NW corner of Muriel you'll pick back up the trail thru Piute pass and it's smooth sailing on a mellow path out.

Nice and peaceful trail. Not many people this time of the year. Really enjoyed it.

Go between 7-8am to avoid the crowds.The first tourist bus pulled in as we were leaving. Peaceful and quiet. It's a paved path, but does allow for some real trail hiking. The cabin is cool and walking through the living tree was also neat for our children.

Move over General Sherman, this is the quintessential hike to see Sequoia trees in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park. This trail not only has no shortage of Sequoia trees, but has enough variety with the Redwood Creek and Redwood Canyon views to keep you from getting bored. I hiked this in mid-October, where the temperature was in the high 40's-low 50's, which was absolutely perfect. I agree with the advice that you should start the trail from Redwood Creek side, it gives you an easier incline on the way back up. Note that I did see probably 8-10 different piles of bear poop, but did not have any bear encounters. If you are the first on the trail, remember to make your presence known by making some noise with your hiking stick or whatever.

Best view of the canyon from the meadow floor.

Plenty of deer on the trail.

Hiked to Lamarck col. It is 6.3 miles and 3600 feet of vertical. Lots of very steep parts. Right at the col there was an ice field which I could not climb so I went up on the shoulder. Grueling hike, 7 hours. 4 hours up snow photo is the approach to the col. No way to get there except across the ice.

Did this counter clockwise in 2 days. Be prepared for lots of slow going boulder fields and talus starting at Goethe and over Alpine col and the next lake. Its not easy but u get some of the best scenery in the Sierra

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rocky
4 months ago

I absolutely love this trail! Especially in the fall! Lots of fall colors! Only made it to Lower Paradise Valley because we didn’t have enough time. It does get very steep in stairs and rocky but it does flat out and the view is so worth it! This trail is well maintained. We went on a two day backpacking trip.

Like everyone says here this trail has everything, sequoias , a waterfall (small one), creek crossing and there is an area with a great view of the forest. Beware there is a lot of uphill climbing on this hike. All trails tracker reported a 1000 feet delta between lowest point and highest point. This loop is 9 miles not 7.

Trail was great! If you would like to see the most giant sequoia’s, this is the trail!

October 11, great time of year for this hike. I did Sugarbowl trail down to the creek, spent the night along the water, then hiked out Hart trail. Beautiful hike among the giant trees. No bugs, few people, cold at night, but gorgeous during the day.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this as a solo day hike/trail run Friday 10/4. First hike in the Sierras, other than Half Dome, and wow, just breathtaking allll the way through. Started at 6:30am and went clockwise so as to spread out the 8K’ gain over 25 miles, as opposed to going clockwise and doing it in 15. Weather was perfect, ranging from 40s to 70s with some cool winds around Glen Pass, but I was OK with a t-shirt and shorts and did not unpack my windbreaker or down jacket. Bugs were nonexistent. High percentage of the trail is runnable, which would’ve been nice, had I not been dealing with some nagging aches and pains that slowed me down. Trail was easy to follow and well-marked throughout, and I never had any nav issues at any time. Lots of PCTers, JMTers, and backpackers to chat with along the way. Trail wasn’t crowded, but I did see a decent amount of people. Camp sites looked like less than 50% percent occupancy on Friday morning. Pretty much constant water availability, so I just took a 1.5L bladder and a filter and that did just fine. Saw a couple bears off in the distance and had a close shave with a mountain lion which nearly necessitated a change of shorts. Deer were present for a good chunk of the trail. I have to admit that while I enjoyed the challenge of doing this as a day hike, I feel like I short-changed myself by not giving myself the necessary time to enjoy this amazing trail over a 3 or 4 day backpacking excursion. Already looking forward to it. Start: 6:30 am Completed: 8:45 pm Moving time: 12h 50m Distance: 40.6 mi Total elevation gained: 8272’ (corrected)

Very overcrowded, even in october, and not really a trail, more a paved way to see some big Sequoia trees. Definitely super easy and short. You can see General Grant but there is way more authentic and big trees in the North pine loop trail which start at the same parking lot. It's a shame to see trees behind a fence... I did not put 1 star because it is nice if you disabled because you can have access to that trail a watch some magnificent trees.

hiking
4 months ago

This was an easy rewarding walk. So many giant trees. We were able to crouch through a living tree, and walk the inside of a down tree. A definite must!

hiking
4 months ago

Completed the loop clockwise from Road's end over 6D5N Sept 28-Oct 3. Camped upper paradise, 2 nights at rae lakes with a day trip to 60 lakes basin, added a loop out to Kearsarge pass and camped at Kearsarge lakes, then camped at Bubbs creek. Definitely recommend clockwise, we felt it gave us better views that got better as the hike progressed. Days were clear and beautiful, nights were freezing cold, waking to frozen water bottles and one time with a little snow on the ground. Went prepared and was very much enjoyed, no need for microspikes although we had them. Sleeping bag liner is a light way to add some heat to your sleeping bag. Highly recommend Kearsarge pass if you have the time, fantastic view of the mountain range to the south. Highly recommend this hike, gorgeous views the whole way, fantastic trail easy to navigate. We rented bear canisters at REI in Fresno (got the big clear ones, easier to see where your food is!) was cheaper and more variety than the Parks office. River crossing at upper paradise is still out, but there was a log that was very grippy and low water levels making for an easy traverse. No bears seen nothing tampered with out bear canisters. Saw 3 bucks and many other deer along the way. Generally did not feel crowded although there are other people around especially at campsites. Very clean seeing almost zero garbage.

Completed on Sunday, September 22 as a day hike. Used this trail to train for Half Dome in Yosemite later in the week. The trail is pretty flat until about a mile before Mist falls. It then begins to climb up rather steeply along the edge of the valley in sets of stairs. At the top it flatten out as you approach Paradise Valley. Beautifully maintained trail as far as we made it, and very quiet past Mist Falls.

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