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.

short walk to a cool waterfall. worth checking it out.

The trail was nice, complete with a couple of beautiful mountain range views and tons of giant sequoia. The only major negative was the bugs. They were non-stop the entire time. With bug spray it would have been fine — come prepared and you’ll love it.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful view, gorgeous sunset. Keep walking until there no where else to go

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snow
29 days ago

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washed out
1 month ago

Beautiful short trail for the family. Due to wash out from the King’s River, the meadow is closed to hikers.

hiking
1 month ago

Paved (wheelchair friendly) trail with an awesome view.

hiking
1 month ago

Everyone should see the giant sequoias!

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off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Did this in a day on 11/3/19. 13:40 total time start to finish, partner and I thought about 22 miles, 5600' gain. Fun adventure for those willing to put in a strenuous day and having a light pack made a difference for scramble sections. A good amount of class 3 once off trail, we had one granite slab traverse to 4th class downclimb to avoid a snowfield but that was fun and nothing felt overly technical. Leaving Lamarck Col begins the route finding which we didn't find to be too difficult. A faint trail hugs the northern shore of Darwin Canyon lakes. Turn north before Darwin Bench up a stream and stay hiker's right of the outflow notch. Hug east side of first lake and cut between next lake up to the next bench and lake. Scrambling west side of next lake led to impassable snowfield forcing us to boulder hop and submerge to knees for about 100 ft section in the lake skirting the wall of ice. Snow forced us to do things a low snow year wouldn't which made for slightly slower going but more adventure. Scrambling up to Alpine Col was straight forward and luckily not much snow in the way for down scramble through giant boulders. Once to Goethe Lake it's slow going scrambling for a ways along the east side. Cut between the next lake and stay west side of that one and Muriel. Once around the NW corner of Muriel you'll pick back up the trail thru Piute pass and it's smooth sailing on a mellow path out.

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1 month ago

Great views. Easy trail but this might be your first trail after driving up from the valley since it's close to Grants Grove lodge. In other words, you might not be acclimated to the elevation. My friend and I went up there and he was having some issues with breathing and I noticed I was it was harder than normal. That's when I realized the altitude sickness. In any case, just be aware. Good thing it is an easy hike. The drive up is more challenging (from the valley and from the lodge). The road from the lodge is one lane, period. Both directions share one lane, so you might have to pull to the side is someone is going the other way.

Nice and peaceful trail. Not many people this time of the year. Really enjoyed it.

hiking
1 month ago

The ranger called this "a hands on, interactive, interpretive trail." Perfect discription, it was great for all ages! It's one of the lesser known trails, because it hasn't been over run.lt offers great panoramic views of the meadows and opportunity for perspective. I imagine at some point the wildlife thrives on this area, but we didn't see any.

Go between 7-8am to avoid the crowds.The first tourist bus pulled in as we were leaving. Peaceful and quiet. It's a paved path, but does allow for some real trail hiking. The cabin is cool and walking through the living tree was also neat for our children.

hiking
1 month ago

Very well kept trail, easy grade to the pass. No real established trail to peak, soft and shifty soil. Very windy approaching summit, didn’t finish due to high winds.

Best view of the canyon from the meadow floor.

Plenty of deer on the trail.

Hiked to Lamarck col. It is 6.3 miles and 3600 feet of vertical. Lots of very steep parts. Right at the col there was an ice field which I could not climb so I went up on the shoulder. Grueling hike, 7 hours. 4 hours up snow photo is the approach to the col. No way to get there except across the ice.

Did this counter clockwise in 2 days. Be prepared for lots of slow going boulder fields and talus starting at Goethe and over Alpine col and the next lake. Its not easy but u get some of the best scenery in the Sierra

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rocky
1 month ago

I absolutely love this trail! Especially in the fall! Lots of fall colors! Only made it to Lower Paradise Valley because we didn’t have enough time. It does get very steep in stairs and rocky but it does flat out and the view is so worth it! This trail is well maintained. We went on a two day backpacking trip.

Like everyone says here this trail has everything, sequoias , a waterfall (small one), creek crossing and there is an area with a great view of the forest. Beware there is a lot of uphill climbing on this hike. All trails tracker reported a 1000 feet delta between lowest point and highest point. This loop is 9 miles not 7.

hiking
1 month ago

It's hard to find a better trail in terms of (1) proximity to Park entrance, (2) ease of hike, and (3) payoff at the end. The views from the top are stunning, and the immense glacial boulders scattered here and there along the whole length of the the trail make for diverse scenery and lots of fun climbing for those inclined to do so. The boulders, beauty and brevity of the trail make this a prime choice for families with young children, or for anyone looking for a memorable experience that doesn't involve a grueling hike.

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scramble
2 months 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
2 months 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!

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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

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

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