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.

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

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.

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

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

Do I need a backpacking permit to do this loop?

Nice trail with Giant Sequioas everywhere some ascents especially at the end but nothing to bad. I did it in October I would have liked to take my time but I had so much more I wanted to explore at Sequioa National Park

super easy. not near the crowds of Sherman. there is a downed tree you can walk through. A sign talking about how New Yorkers way back when thought a cut out of one of these gigantic trees was a hoax. Great short walk.

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful view over Hume Lake.

Pretty cool to see the widest tree in the world. Anyone can do it!

We started from John Muir Lodge, not sure how long I think around 8mi. Perfect fresh snow for snowshoeing. Great day hike easy to moderate.

hiking
3 months ago

I did this back in September. Amazing especially when you get up top and see the lakes. Very windy though

Easy hike just off of the Grant Grove parking lot. Sequoias everywhere! Not a sole on the trail outside of our family.

backpacking
4 months ago

I loved following the river canyon for so many miles! Very scenic and a must if you can manage long distances.

Hiked this trail yesterday for sunset. It's fully covered by snow, so not an easy one in this season. You have to follow other people's steps to stay on the trail. If you want to see sunset on time, be sure to prepare to reach the top early, since the sunset in winter season could be as early as around 4pm-5pm. We started the trail at 4pm, however, we only finished half of the trail after 30mins and the sunset already started. We had to find a high point on the right side of the trial to catch the sunset. Although its not the top of the trial, it still can catch the whole sunset, very beautiful. In addition, make sure to bring a headlight, since it would be dark quickly, you might need it to find the trail while you are back.

hiking
4 months ago

Stunning views. Amazing rushing river in early June. Love this park! Watch out for snakes on the trail.

backpacking
4 months ago

This is a great loop, especially for backpacking. We went in early december, these are a few notes for anyone else going in winter:
The forest road to the trailhead is a dirt road that isn't plowed, so unless you're very confident in snow you'll probably want to park at Quail Flats and hike approx 2 miles in to the trailhead. It's an easy walk in, but adds some climbing to the hike out. As of december 2018, the creek was flowing well - easy to filter water from it. The trail can be a little hard to follow in some places, and as you come up to the trailhead on the redwood creek side, the de facto trail strays a little way from the mapped trail, but you do eventually get there. There are a bunch of workable spots for camping near the creek. Lastly, the trail was slushy during the day, so waterproof boots are definitely a good idea.

Fresh snow made the trail a little hard to follow in the beginning but once we found our way there wasn’t any issue.

Did the hike in regular waterproof hiking boots. Probably should have used snow shoes.

11/25/18 One of our favorites so far! The trail was a fairly easy hike. Any inclines were very gradual. We really enjoyed the variety of scenic views, from giant sequoias, to rock formations, small waterfalls, babbling brooks and a look out point overlooking kings canyon. The trail was easy to follow and never any cliffs to worry about. There was just a little bit of snow. Enough for us to make a small snowman to honor our friends in Wisconsin. While we didn’t see any wildlife it’s certainly out there. We saw a couple dozen bear pop piles. Note: carry bear spray just to be safe. Temps were in the mid 40’s with abundant sunshine. It was perfect weather. We looped the trail counterclockwise. With a short trail snack we finished in 3 hours for a total of 8.25 miles. On our drive out on the dirt road we came across a LARGE BOULDER in the middle of the road. It fell while we were on the trail. We managed to get around it but it was very tight. We notified the ranger. Hopefully they remove it soon. Definitely a hazard. Would definitely do this hike again!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail up to a granite dome with 360 views. A little different than any of the other trails we did at Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Not too steep. Well maintained trail. We were the only people on the trail in late November.

on Buena Vista Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Great Panoramic view point looking over the mountains. Also amazing spot for sunset, we had the pinkest sunset at this point. We lost the trail on the way up but if you follow all trails route you will be fine. But alternatively if you want to get up to the top quicker you can just simply climb up, which wasn’t too difficult. Small car park but we went at the start of November so was quite and space. Also no toilets at trail head.

hiking
5 months ago

No one on the hike - solid redwoods.

hiking
5 months ago

Not much of a hike but some amazing Redwoods

backpacking
5 months ago

My 2 kids, 10yr old granddaughter and I went on this beautiful backpack trip Oct 19-21/2018. We had perfect weather 65 during the day, and hi 30's at night. Gravel road to parking lot was perfect, looked as though it had been recently redone.
Leaving the parking lot, we went on the left trail choosing to go down hill to where we would camp. It was about 2.5 miles to the bottom, and a beautiful hike. There is a stream about a mile down the trail, and it goes close to the trail the rest of the way to the bottom. Take note, there are very few places to set up camp.
We came back going left coming back the approx 4.5 mi back to the parking lot. There are no streams or water sources all the way back. We had a great time!!!! Beautiful hike, saw 4 deer, 2 coming into our camp site at about 8PM on our second night. LOVED IT ALL!!!!!!!

Love this area! I started the Sugar Bowl loop and then finished on the Hart Tree side for the longer 10 mile hike. I'm glad I went this direction but would like to try it in reverse sometime. Both sides offer excellent views and the hiking is not too difficult. I highly recommend doing this hike in the fall, the dogwood trees are stunning this time of year! The drive down to the trailhead is just a gravel road, you shouldn't have any trouble getting down there unless it's snowy. Totally worth your time to enjoy the giants on these trails!

SUPER WORTH IT!!! Beautiful views and MASSIVE trees! Would definitely recommend

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