Looking for a great trail in Kings Canyon National Park, California? AllTrails has 56 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs no 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 26 hard trails in Kings Canyon National Park ranging from 9 to 188.2 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.

very pretty hike not strenuous. go early to avoid crowds. reminds of Yosemite. lovely scenery.

Hike, walk, enjoy the view

Those sequoias are really amazing. So beautiful. This app is your best friend as you can sometimes lose the path but we didn’t get lost at all thanks to the map.

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muddy
snow
4 days ago

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blowdown
muddy
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snow
6 days ago

They don’t mark the trails here so it’s hard to find where you are going with the snow pack. Trees down and you don’t go to the top of the rock like I thought. If it was nicer out it might be a nice view but the haze was thick. Not really much of a trail.

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail. Very epic. Good vertical gain towards the end. Saw a big rattler crossing the trail, keep an eye out.

This trail packs a lot into its 1.5 miles....meadows, the river, boulders, and gorgeous views of granite cliffs! Highly recommend!

backpacking
11 days ago

My 2 kids, and 10 yr old granddaughter (it was a very tough hike on my granddaughter)did this incredible hike May 3-5.. I would rate this hike ‘easy’, to the base of the Falls, then ‘moderate’ the rest of the way up to Paradise Valley, were we set up camp. The trail was amazingly beautiful, had quiet a bit of water on it in the upper portion, because of melting snow. There weren’t a lot of camp sites once you reach the top, but the camp sites we saw did have metal bear vaults, which we used.. we saw no bears, but did see one large clump of soft bear scat about 300 yds from our camp. We all LOVED THE HIKE, THE VIEWS AND WHOLE AREA!!!

hiking
scramble
12 days ago

Early May. Lots of downfall on the ground made it hard to find the path occasionally. But overall a challenging but very rewarding hike.

hiking
12 days ago

Did this trail last May as a two day trip. Pretty tough and great challenge. Found a great campsite 5star rating. We joined other hikers there were 4 tents and could of fit a couple more. Even a full size bear box was there. It was above lower tent but don’t know if it was upper tent. N 36.831566° W 118.578803° these are the coordinates. Next day went to Granite Lake awesome views. Was a great training hike for Mt. Whitney. Also Ranger said bear box was locked but it wasn’t.

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail, highly recommend going this time of year as the river is roaring. first 3 miles is very flat, then as you get closer to the falls, the climbing starts but well worth it. Several great spots to catch your breath and take in the views. Dont take your eyes off the trail for too long, saw 4 snakes along the way, including a 4-5ft rattler crossing the trail.

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bridge out
bugs
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rocky
snow
16 days ago

Awesome!

hiking
17 days ago

A Great little stop for a picnic after coming from Mist Falls.

hiking
17 days ago

First time hiking the Mist Fall. It is a super amazing trail with quite the scenic view of the Valley Mountains and the Mist Fall at the end. Saw two small Snakes on the hike back. So be cautious when hiking this trail.

We camped here and it was so pretty!! There were many wildflowers, rocks, mountains and rivers! You can even see the top of Mt. Whitney!

hiking
blowdown
snow
20 days ago

I climbed around 20-30 trees yesterday, April 30th and lost the trail from tons of blowdown. The 1.5 mile long road to the trailhead was closed, making it 9.5. I parked at quail flats.

Beautiful hike - sequoias are impressive and there are some gorgeous views of the valley. Did this hike in April 2019 and deciduous trees were still bare. Small patches of snow, but overall dry. Also, if you are driving down to trailhead from main road (Generals Highway), there are some large fallen trees on the road which haven’t been removed yet (as for 4/27/2019) and is impassible even for a 4x4.

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bugs
23 days ago

I advise this trail to anyone who loves to swim at the end there is a fall that you can jump off of and I'm around 5.1 feet and I couldnt touch at all

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off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
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washed out
30 days ago

Just hiked this Wednesday May 15th, 2019. It was the most incredible day and turned out to be an unbelievable epic loop that we can’t stop raving about. Everyone - do.this.hike! We did the full loop, then went up above the falls as well. Because of all the rainfall the trail was completely washed out in many areas on the south loop, which made for quite an adventure of balancing on fallen logs, hopping rocks and the removal of shoes and wading through the icy water. Loved every second of this hike!!! We saw a large bear on our trail and a king snake. BEST. DAY. EVER.

Worth it. Kings Canyon via PCT/John Muir Trail is some of the most scenic trails in the US. Access from Onion is all switchbacks up but the push is worth it.

This trail offers the best of the Sierra Nevada. Be ready to be amazed the entire time. I suggest doing the hike in 7 days and starting or ending at one of the regions best lodge resorts. Horse packers can also assist you by doing a "drop camp" on the first day.

hiking
1 month ago

Went here awhile ago, great trail and amazing views.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite summer hikes in the Sierras. Absolutely perfect short backpacking trip along a breathtaking river. Paradise valley is stunning and a great place to set up camp (we camped at upper paradise). We even got to run into 2 bears along the way up (definitely be prepared for possible bear run ins— apparently pretty common for this trail).

Spectacular scenery and some challenging passes to go over. Great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

A great Trail for an easy workout... Snowshoes recommended. But I wore hiking boots.... trekking poles would be good too. Still...nothing like hiking through the snow in the sequoias or nobody's back there. it feels like you're the only one. Creek isn't running hard it was easy to Ford.. I peeled off at dead giant Loop to check out Sequoia Lake Overlook. Beautiful day in the mountains

2 months ago

Rented snow shoes from Grant Grove Village. Then started by John Muir Lodge. Did not quite make it to the fire tower. Never encountered another hiker. Amazing views at Panoramic Point and from the Ridge just beyond!

hiking
2 months ago

One of the best, and least well-known, sunsets spots in the country

Do I need a backpacking permit to do this loop?

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