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Best trails in Kings Canyon National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Kings Canyon National Park, California? AllTrails has 63 great hiking trails, trail 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 34 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!
Description

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. The park is open 24 hours a day, all year round. There will be closures, however, depending on weather conditions. Fees: Vehicle Pass - $35.00 This pass is valid for 1-7 days and includes everyone traveling in a single vehicle for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and Hume Lake District of Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument. You can purchase this pass in advance at www.yourpassnow.com. Individual Entry Pass - $20.00 This entry fee is for a single person traveling on foot or by bicycle. It is valid for 1-7 days in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and Hume Lake District of Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument. Non-Commercial Group - $15.00 Groups traveling in a bus or vehicle with a capacity of 16 persons or more are charged per person. People 15 years old or younger, drivers hired for transportation only, or anyone with a pass that may be used for park entry is exempt from paying the entrance fee. Motorcycle Pass - $30.00 This pass is valid for 1-7 days and includes everyone traveling on a motorcycle, scooter, or similar motorized vehicle for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and Hume Lake District of Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument. You can purchase this pass in advance at www.yourpassnow.com.

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Map of trails in Kings Canyon National Park
Park information
Acreage:
461901 acres
Contact
559-565-3341
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Top trails (63)
#1 - Mist Falls
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 3 h 29 m
This popular route starts along the sandy Cedar Grove Trail, and then takes a left (north) onto the Mist Falls Trail. The trail is mostly moderate until the end, where there is a quick 600 foot gain tShow more
#2 - Rae Lakes Trail
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 41.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
Rae Lakes Trail is a 41.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cedar Grove, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, naShow more
#3 - General Grant Loop Trail
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 13 m
General Grant Loop Trail is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Dunlap, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walShow more
#4 - Zumwalt Meadow And Roaring River Falls
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
Note: Portions of the Zumwalt Meadow Trail close as a result of flooding. Check in at the Cedar Grove Visitor Center for current conditions.Show more
#5 - Paradise Valley Trail
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 17.1 mi • Est. 8 h 54 m
Paradise Valley Trail is a 17.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hume, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity oShow more
#6 - Hart Tree Trail Loop
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 5 h 3 m
Hart Tree Trail Loop is a 10 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cedar Grove, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and iShow more
#7 - Zumwalt Meadow Loop Trail
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 42 m
NOTE: As of September 2019, half of the loop is still closed due to storms washing out the boardwalk. The Zumwalt Meadow Loop offers great views of the meadow, the Kings River, and the granite cliffsShow more
#8 - Sugar Bowl - Redwood Creek Loop
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 39 m
Sugar Bowl - Redwood Creek Loop is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stony Creek Village, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of Show more
#9 - Hart Tree, Fallen Goliath, Redwood Creek Loop
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
Hart Tree, Fallen Goliath, Redwood Creek Loop is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stony Creek Village, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail Show more
#10 - Roaring River Falls Trail
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m
A very short, shady walk to a powerful waterfall rushing through a granite chute. Paved, relatively accessible.Show more
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