Looking for a great trail in Kings Canyon National Park, California? AllTrails has 61 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 32 hard trails in Kings Canyon National Park ranging from 9 to 145.2 miles and from 4,425 to 14,475 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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John Muir considered Kings Canyon as a rival to Yosemite Valley. The view of the canyon is breathtaking and a portal to extensive hiking opportunities. Home to granite peaks and wild rivers, giant sequoia groves and the General Grant Tree (the world's second largest), Kings Canyon National Park should be on every hikers "to do" list.

hiking
scramble
6 days ago

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
10 days ago

Super cool! Doesn’t look like a whole lot of people do the whole loop so it was nice and quiet on the other side of the highway!

hiking
11 days ago

Fun for kids to climb on stumps ! Easy, less traveled hike so nice to get away from crows.

hiking
11 days ago

Solitary hike through some stands of large sequoias as well as some burned areas. Fairly easy.

hiking
12 days ago

Easy little hike with no one else on the trail. Great views at the end.

hiking
13 days 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)

hiking
14 days ago

Nice point of view from the "end". Easy access for disabled because it paved all the way.

Very nice trail to do in the afternoon. The panoramic point is nice but i have seen better. The trail is in good condition and give a nice example of what the forest look like in this region. The best part is at the Fire Lookout at the end of the trail. The view is awesome. When we got there, there were two volunteers oversleeping in the tower that were watching for fires. They were extremely friendly and kind and explained us lots of things on the park and the opportunities in the region. At that time, rangers were doing prescribed fires so the valley was full of smoke, it was very nice to see from above.

Very nice and easy trail. Much better than the General Grant loop. You can see massive trees which are not behind a fence. The grove burnt some times ago and most of the small trees are dead in some areas but the bigger ones are still alive. A must go if you are in the Grant grove area.

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
16 days ago

We were short on time, so we parked by the ranger station just walk to big stump and back. I wish I would’ve been able to do the rest of the hike it looked magical

hiking
16 days 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
17 days 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.

hiking
19 days ago

Must do!

hiking
20 days ago

Not really a hike, more of a quick walk up a paved trail. Pretty waterfall and worth the stop and 5 minute walk.

on Grizzly Falls

hiking
20 days ago

Not a hike or even much of a walk really; the falls are pretty but can be seen easily from the parking area. Worth a stop if you’re driving through. Could definitely be a nice place to picnic as well.

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.

hiking
22 days ago

Easily the best backcountry trip I've taken so far. We completed a clockwise loop in 5 days with a zero at Rae Lakes from 9/22 through 9/26. We camped at Upper Paradise Valley, Rae (2x), and Junction Meadow. The second day climb from Castle Dome Meadow to Dollar Lake was the most strenuous section, easily beating out Glen Pass, which really wasn't so bad. Temperatures were perfect, a bit warm at times during the day, but staying above freezing even at elevation. Wind wasn't an issue. No mosquitos, just a few manageable gnat swarms at the start and end of the loop. All water crossings can be completed without getting wet (logs or rock hopping). Fishing at Lower Rae was too easy and got boring quickly. I was catching 4-6" brook trout on every cast with a fly and bubble setup on a spinning rod. I was using pheasant tail nymphs but those hungry fish would probably go for anything. Same story in Bubb's behind the Junction Meadow camp. Saw a few deer at Upper Rae, then spotted a bear across Bubb's from our campground at Junction Meadow. He didn't seem to want anything to do with us and quickly climbed out of site. Went about halfway up the trail to Sixty Lakes basin on our zero day, enough to keep the muscles warm and enjoy spectacular views of the lakes. Really enjoyed chatting with many amazing folks on this beautiful trail. JMTers, PCTers, and Rae Lakes loopers forming one happy trail family. This is one I will remember for a long time!

hiking
24 days ago

My best backpacking trip so far, we did the trip in 3.5 days, Thursday morning to Sunday morning. Thursday: We did a total of 10.5 miles and camped at the upper paradise valley. The next morning we had to wade across the stream, it was about shin deep and the water was pretty slow. Friday: We did a total of 13.5 miles, camping at upper Rae lake, was very windy and difficult to sleep. Make sure you secure your tents and covers down since everything will get blown away. We had a clear sky so we could see the Milkyway galaxy. Saturday: We did a total of 15.5 miles, we got out of Rae lakes as quickly as possible because it was not comfortable there with no fire and freezing winds. After about 4 miles from Rae lakes, everything was back to normal and we were flying downhill most of the time. Two of our mates got lost because they took a shortcut and ended up doing an extra 4 miles, so make sure you check every corner on the switchbacks to make sure you don't miss a trail split. We ended up camping at Sphinx creek, there was plenty of space, cover, and firewood and everyone was happy because we only had 4 miles to the car. Sunday: We only had 4 miles of switchbacks + downhill + flat to cover. We got to the car by 10 am. I would recommend leaving as little miles as possible for the last day, that way you have time to unpack and catch up on things when you get back him. For us, we got home around 5 pm.

The perfect hike. AllTrail directions Coordinates take you right to closest trailhead parking lot. Hart Tree / Fallen Goliath Loop trail is off to the left. After about a quarter mile, you’ll have choice of taking left or right for the loop. If you don’t want a steep incline at the end of your hike, go RIGHT.

hiking
25 days ago

I did this hike years ago and it is an awesome High Sierra trail. If you go counter clockwise I would recommend leaving early so you’re not stuck on the switchbacks in the afternoon sun. There’s pretty regular access to water along the way. Glen Pass is an amazing view. We saw a few bears and a rattlesnake along the way. I would highly recommend for anyone who wants a good long weekend Sierra trail.

Definitely more than a moderate trail, especially if it’s over 70° out. The trail is well maintained and the views are worth it. The elevation gain is real. We clocked this trail just over 4.8 miles. It took 2 hours to the look out and an hour back down.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful loop, great for backpacking. Recommend doing this clockwise. Stayed overnight at Paradise, Rae Lakes, and Junction. There are 3 campgrounds spread out at Junction so just keep looking if you're trying to find one that isn't occupied.

Excellent day hike

hiking
scramble
28 days ago

Absolutely Amazing..... this trail has it all! 5 stars all the way.... but your legs will be sore

backpacking
no shade
off trail
scramble
30 days ago

What a hike! This is a strenuous hike, no doubt about it. Pack lite, this is a must! My friend and I set out for Williamson OR Tyndall but hit the trailhead with about 50 lbs which prevented us from summiting. The round trip is more like 40+ miles, AllTrails is short on the hike description, both my Garmin and InReach conformed it to be 15 miles from the TH to the bowl where most climbers camp out at. Unfortunately, we tired out at Anvil camp and tried for either summit the next morning but couldn’t get past the bowl with enough time to safely summit and return to camp. Prepare for lots of elevation. There are several areas where you lose up to 1k ft of elevation whether ascending or descending back to the TH. It’s a grid for sure and will test your conditioning. Weather was beautiful. I will be back!

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