Mist Falls Trail

MODERATE 132 reviews

Mist Falls Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dunlap, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
889 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

hiking
20 days ago

This trail is a best kept secret at Kings Canyon National Park!!! First of all, driving back to this trail has more beautiful grand views, than any views in Yosemite or Sequoia National Parks. The first half of the trail has just enough mosquitoes to drive you crazy but its easy to speed through high mosquito zone. The second half of the trail opens up and has some of the best canyon views of a fast flowing river I have ever seen. The views of the falls at the end of the trail make it well worth toughing out the mosquitoes.

hiking
1 month ago

Not too difficult but by far, one of my favorite hikes......you better like stairs though! Make sure to pick a warm day to do this trek because it'll add to the overall beauty while keeping you energized to continue.

aside from getting eaten alive by bugs, it was a fantastic hike.

1 month ago

fun trail with a good payoff at the end. Great drive up to the trailhead as well.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail. Killer mosquitos. Stunning views

hiking
4 months ago

I have to give it a 4 due to all the (non-biting) flies on the trail. Otherwise, this is a definite 5-Star trail that is not too difficult, and has constant beautiful scenery.

4 months ago

Great hike with great views. Enjoy the climb!

hiking
5 months ago

Parking lot at road's end was pretty crowed for a weekday morning however once I got on the trail it was pretty empty. Lots of bugs on the trail. Pretty flat for the first two miles as it follows along the river in the canyon then makes a turn to head north still following the river and begins to climb. Along with the falls also make sure you stop at the rock outlook and look back towards an amazing view down the canyon.

5 months ago

This was such a beautiful hike!!!!!

hiking
5 months ago

The hike to the falls was scenic and well worth the trip. A must do if you are in the Cedar Grove area. As others have mentioned there are a lot of flies in the area. They do not bite, but an occasional mosquito will sneak in with the swarm. I HIGHLY recommend that you pick up a head net if planning to do this hike. The swarm of flies were heavy in the morning and relatively lite in the afternoon. Repellents do not work on these flies.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful drive, Amazing Hike, Breathtaking views, and lots of mosquitoes during the AM. Bring lots of mosquitoes repellent and if possible brining a mosquitoes bet to cover your face.. we didn't bring mosquitoes face nets so we were constantly swaddling them with tree branches.. aside from that, it was totally worth it!! Would definitely do it again..

backpacking
5 months ago

Great views! A little buggy this time of year. Feel the mist coming off the falls!

5 months ago

2 stars for the way to go, 4 stars for the way back.
We started (Aug 17) at 10.15 in the morning, but we were immediately overwhelmed by the mosquito's and flies. We used a lot of Deet, anti-mosquito spray, but it didn't help. There were so many mosquito's flying in your ears, nose, mouth and eyes that we couldn't ignore them and couldnt enjoy the hike. We have travelled/hiked a lot, but we were never at a place with so many mosquitos. Also all people we met didn't like it because of the mosquitos.
After 2 hours we reaches the end of the Mist Trail and stayed for a while at the waterfall, which is very nice! Even at the end of sunner the waterfall was still very powerfull!
On the way back we barely saw/heard mosquitos, maybe because of the higher temperature? Now finally we noticed why people love this trail: the nature around you is so beautiful! The part back we really liked, so 4 stars for that.
I'd recommend to do the hike not too early because of the mosquitos. It will be warmer if you start later, but we'd prefer that.
Tips: take anti-mosquito spray, sunblock and enough water (and some food) with you! And an anti-mosquito net if you decide to leave early :)

6 months ago

Moderate hike. Largely flat road. First mile is exposed and less interesting than the rest of the trail. Nats/mosquitos abound; wear big spray. Popular for day hikers and multi-day backpackers, but if you hit the trail early less people. Recommend hiking just a bit past the bottom of Mist Falls. Good views of the Canyon about half-way up the waterfall (approx. 0.2 mile).

6 months ago

Loved this trail! Trail is clear and full of beauty. First mile or so has a lot of fire damage, but nothing impeding the trail and honestly I thought it was cool to see. That being said, don't forget your sunscreen because a good chunk of the trail is exposed without shade. The falls were roaring and the forest was gorgeous and green after you got past the fire scars!

hiking
6 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. The falls were spectacular. We did come across a rattlesnake sunning himself on the trail. He rattled, uncoiled and slithered away. We also came face to face with a bear ... we exchanged pleasantries and went our separate ways. I recommend bug spray, as the mosquitos were out in full force.

6 months ago

I turned a blind corner and ran into a black bear. We glanced at each other and kept walking. Whew. Awesome sighting

6 months ago

This trail should be rated as easy. Anyone can do this hike. We left around 6:30 and totally beat all the crowds! It was soo serene being on this trail by ourselves. This is a very popular hike. We passed tons of people on our way back. Definitely a hike to do early if you want to beat the crowds

trail running
6 months ago

Running back down this trail was an absolute blast!

hiking
6 months ago

7/29/17: gorgeous hike that takes you through forest and then along the river, then some rock scrambling and steps to the the big payoff. The first 1-2 miles are on sand with very little shade, which isn't awesome. But the waterfalls and views at the rock domes before the rocks are worth it. Did this with 2 kids with no problem. The river is very fast moving and angry- have a heathy fear of it and stay away from the banks where it's swift.

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