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.

Great trail with lots of Giant Sequoias. The 2 mile dirt road to get to the trail head looked like it was recently graded so no major potholes, would be easy to get to in a low car. The start of the trail is a gradual downhill and then it's a gradual uphill. With a backpack I was a little out of breath, but really wasn't too steep or difficult. Lots of great trees and scenic spots with small steam crossings. We turned left at the fork and camped along Redwood Creek. Luckily, not very many mosquitoes. We were planning on doing the sugarbowl trail loop back, but got a late start and just did the redwood creek trail back up. That was a gradual uphill, but not too difficult. Watch out for patches of little pine cones, I slipped on those buggars.

Great early season/beginner backpacker hike! We hiked up past Mist Falls to camp at Lower Paradise Valley on May 4th. Lots of steps but beautiful views along the way! The campsite has a large, flat, forested area very close to the South fork of the Kings River. Bear box/locker provided! It was cool in the 40s at night but there was a designated campfire area we took advantage of.
The following day we day hiked up through Middle Paradise Valley (where there is a rustic toilet!). This was much flatter than the previous days hike but also had some sandy sections were the trail was a little hard to find...we made it to Upper Paradise Falls to see the bridge washed out (we didn’t take the time to look but rumor has it there may be a log crossing in the area...?)
The third day we hiked back and saw a rattlesnake! Saw a handful of hikers along the way. No bears. Only a few bugs. Can’t wait to do the Rae’s Lakes Loop now!

We did this trail in May. Took us about 4 and a half hours. It was clearly marked and very well maintained. We did have to crawl over a couple of downed trees but it was before Memorial Day which begins the busy season, the NPS had already cleared out most everything else in the trail, We really took our time to stop and take pics and enjoy it. It was beautiful, the redwoods were stunning and the dogwoods were blooming, just MAGIC! The canyon views were breathtaking. It was a Saturday and we met a few other hikers but not many. We want to try Hart next!

It’s so gorgeous there !!!!! Loved loved loved it!!!!!!

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!

29 days ago

Was a beautiful, relatively easy trail with multiple large groves of Sequoias. Greatly enjoyed this hike!

This trail is Awesome! The Hart tree loop is really fantastic. Lots of sequoias, lots of cool things to see. Fairly easy, not a ton of up and down that I remember. We backpacked it and slept on the much less-loved section beyond the Junction for Hart and sugarbowl. If you look at the TOPO map and not the alltrails map, it will show an additional trail that follows redwood creek further down the valley. There are less redwoods in this section of the trail, and it is not as recently maintained, but It is beautiful.

Several river crossings, and lots to see.

backpacking
1 month 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.

Great hike through forests, creeks and some excellent mountain views from the Sugar Bowl Trail ridge. I had done the Hart Tree Loop a few times, and decided to do the full 10 mile loop today.

No more snow on the trail as of today, but still some occasional fallen trees and debris that require light scrambling to get over. The dirt road to the trail head had some bumpy spots, but no muddy "bogs" that risked my compact SUV (2 wheel drive) getting stuck.

In the spring the crowd was fairly light. I'm sure in the summer it will get much busier. The only downside is that the drought from years past has left its mark of dead/dying trees (esp. on the Eastern/Hart side) that don't fully "brighten" up the landscape. But still very beautiful.

backpacking
1 month ago

absolutely amazing one of the best things iv ever done

Quite the hike. My 10 y/o, 12 y/o, wife and myself completed this March 31, 2018. We had a low clearance vehicle so we used a parking lot a good ways above the road in and hiked down to the road and off to the trail. Absolutely zero people from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lots of snow still so it was nice and tough but magical underneath all those beautiful trees. Bucket list type spot!!

Ok so people!!!! Here is some advice that no one has shared, the road when out of season about 3 miles before trail head is completely unkept, big fallen trees, washed out trail. You have to have a 4x4 vehicle with atleast all terrain tires. I stopped and hiked the 3 miles of road just to get to the trail. Also the trail has some really hard spots that were covered by 1-2 feet of snow. That can make your life miserable. This was a HARD trail when you add fighting through the snow. Otherwise amazing views and awesome air quality! Nice break from the air in the valley.

backpacking
2 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
2 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.

scenic driving
2 months ago

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

backpacking
3 months ago

Finished in 2014 what I started in 2012. A "must do" for any backpackers' bucket list

Did this trail with my wife in early February, was un seasonable warm for this time of year. Great hike with giant trees. my GPS tracker said that the hike ended up being about 8 miles. we saw hundreds of lady bugs near the fallen tree bridge.

hiking
3 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
4 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
5 months ago

Awesome trail. Killer mosquitos. Stunning views

Go in the winter. Miles of MASSIVE Sequoias and beautiful scenery. We went on Dec, 8 2017 and didn’t see a single other person on the entire trail. Zero. BUT, we did see a Mountain Lion about 80ft in front of us on the trail at the 4mi mark. Luckily he/she took off, but we were definitely on edge the rest of the way. Took us 3hrs and 10min to complete the loop

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

I chose this hike because the reviews said it was a good place to get away from any crowds, and it definitely did not disappoint! I only saw one other person on the trail. The dirt road leading down to the trailhead is a little sketch, I briefly got stuck in a pothole on the way back up to the main road, but I still managed in my '97 Camry so I wouldn't worry about it too much. Just take it slow and steady. No snow yet, and today was sunny and warm. The fall colors of the oaks were a beautiful backdrop for the towering sequoias, and you even get some panoramic views of the surrounding canyon. Loved this hike!

If you like sequoias and don't like the crowds this is the hike for you. We ran into two people all day. The were some views(all of big baldy and redwood canyon). There was sequoias the entire hike but you will know when you enter the sugarbowl. Redwood canyon itself is nice. You get to hike along a creek for a little while and the fall colors on the oaks were a nice shade of red and yellow. This was a great fall hike!

backpacking
6 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
6 months ago

October, 2017- Did an overnighter at campsite 1 (~6.5 miles in). Daytime temps low 70s, nighttime temps low 30s. Views were slightly obscured by nearby prescribed fire, but the morning sunlight made for some impressive lighting. We were lucky to come within 10 ft and 60 ft of two black bears- one on the way in and one on the way out (both of them were quick to get away from us). Also, a fawn and doe visited our campsite.
Overall a great overnight hike that I highly recommend.

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