Mist Falls is a 8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hume, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 8.0 miles Elevation Gain: 810 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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 to the waterfall. From San Francisco, the drive is roughly five hours. After a beautiful drive through the western part of Kings Canyon, you’ll end at Road’s End Trailhead, which is where this hike begins. If you are just day-hiking, and not taking an overnight trip, you do not need a permit to do this hike. There is a $35 vehicle fee to enter the park, unless you have an interagency annual pass. This route follows along the sandy Cedar Grove trail, parallel to Bubbs Creek. After a couple miles, you’ll take a left (north) onto the Mist Falls Trail. As you climb into the wilderness, you’ll have some beautiful views of the canyon you were just in. Eventually you’ll reach the falls which are, as their name suggests, very misty! Be prepared to get wet! After the hot hike, it is a welcomed reprieve. The park road is closed in the winter time, so summer time is the best season to visit. Be sure to pack plenty of water, sunscreen and mosquito repellent. There is a restroom at the trailhead but no water or services. Unfortunately you’ll have to leave Fido at home, as this park is not dog friendly!

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12 days ago

Shady, enjoyable, and beautiful.

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1 month ago

Can do this trail every day for the rest of my days. Beautiful.

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3 months ago

An all uphill trail along the river with a beautiful cascading waterfall at the end. Great views of the Sphinx and forests below

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6 months ago

fall colors are beautiful on the trail this time of year. great hike, very mellow inclines and barely any switch-backs. the final view is incredible. saw a bear just a couple meters off the trail - very chill though, didn't mind me a bit. always educate yourself on how to act if you do see one, especially if it is uniquely curious

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7 months ago

Beautiful hike! The fall colors and the mountains were gorgeous. Very few people on the trail which was a pleasant surprise. As with prior reviews, the first 2 miles is very flat and sandy, the last 2.6 miles is uphill, but not strenuous.

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rocky
7 months ago

Beautiful views and the waterfall Some crowds too I recommend going further to a Paradise valley -

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bugs
7 months ago

Nature at it’s best. Saw a bear on the road.

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rocky
7 months ago

This is the second time I’ve done this trail. The first was in late May 2016 and I fell in love. The second time in Oct 2019 was just as great. The falls did not produce the mist like in May; however the bugs were not nearly as bad. I brought a insect netting for my face and it was the best idea! Everyone I passed told me how smart it was and how jealous they were. Enjoy this trail!!

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rocky
8 months ago

Amazing trail. Sandy and flat at first. After the two first miles it starts to go up. The trail is a bit rocky some places. But in general not a very difficult hike. Very beautiful along the trail, but the waterfall in the end is so worth it. I recommend it.

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bugs
8 months ago

One of the prettiest hikes I’ve been on! Agree with others about planning ahead and starting early. Lots of exposed areas - be sure to use sunscreen & wear protective clothing. Also, bugs! Lots of them. Was very thankful to have bug spray with us, and even after saturating ourselves we still had mosquitos pestering us from time to time. Do get an early start, there are definitely bears about. We found droppings on the trail! Overall a beautiful hike that gives huge reward for little effort. Definitely recommend!

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8 months ago

This was a great hike, but it's at least 9.2 mile out and back. The park sign even shows 4.6 mile one way. We ended up with 9.6 miles in 5.5 hours with stops and lunch along the way. Interesting hike with several types of terrain and wonderful views. We did run across a rattlesnake on the way back so take care.

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rocky
8 months ago

Great Hike! Don’t leave it too late in the day, as the sun is lost in the canyon, plus the natives (bears) come out to play.

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8 months ago

A HUGE thanks to everyone who mentioned the bugs. We were able to buy mosquito net hats the night before our hike, and there's no way we would have made it through the hike without them. They were $4 each at the campground store, and it's the best money we spent our whole trip! Everyone else on the trail told us how jealous they were and how miserable they were that they didn't have any. We got to the trailhead around 9:15 a.m., in the first parking lot was already pretty full. The 1st mile and a half is pretty exposed to the sun, so definitely get an early start. It's also very sandy and a little tricky to walk on. after that, you start to enter the forest where things get much cooler and shadier. there's still some exposed places as you get higher, but it's a decent combination of shade and sun. We walked at a decent clip but stopped quite a few times for water, and it took us two hours to get to the top of the falls. It took us another hour and a half to get back down. The trail was well marked and fairly easy on the way up until you get closer to the falls when there is a bit of an ascent. The hike is pretty easy except toward the end/top where it's moderate, and it was nice walking along the river for a good part of the hike.

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bugs
8 months ago

Awesome trail with a great variety of forest, mountains, and river views. Waterfall at the end is beautiful too.

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

This is a beautiful hike once you get past the 1.5 miles of walking in the sand at the start of the trail. It's also very buggy, which was annoying to say the least. We tried bug spray but it did no good, next time we'll bring hats with netting. As soon as you get into the forest the knats go way, and you can enjoy looking around at the scenery. It's a long hike uphill so be prepared, but the view is stunning! Didn't see any bears, but a couple coming back down warned us of a rattle snake on the trail. We didn't see the rattle snake but saw more of a gopher snake (still scared us). The falls was beautiful and definitely worth the hike.

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rocky
8 months ago

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8 months ago

First of all the waterfall in this photo is not Mist Falls. Secondly I may be bitter from starting at Roaring Falls (which added way more milage due to misinformation by Parks staff). Third the little gnats have no respect for bug spray or personal space via your orifices. The falls (actually all the falls in Kings Canyon) are short stumpy and underwhelming. The only thing which made this hike worth it was going beyond the waterfall (more like a water slide) up to an epic view of the canyon. Not a tough hike but the bugs will make your life hell, luckily they calmed down around 2pm.

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8 months ago

In the morning there are a lot of bugs by the afternoon it gets hot and there are less bugs. Beautiful waterfall and well paved

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bugs
8 months ago

This 8 plus mile out and back hike is flat for the first 2 miles, but the soil is a bit sandy. i would rate mile 3 as easy/moderate. The fun starts just after mile 3 ends. You have a rock scramble and moderate climb to the base of the falls. Some of the climb is on man-made stone steps with a railing. You can extend the hike an extra tenth of a mile each way by going to the top of the falls, but the best views are at the base. Beware of gnats and bugs. I had to wear a head and face mesh to keep the bugs at bay.

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8 months ago

9/8/19 This was one of the most scenic hikes Ive ever done. I am convinced it is highly underrated. The hike is very easy and takes you through dense forest providing excellent shade nearly the whole way. Come prepared for mosquitoes in the summers. If you love water features, then you will love this hike. The water was so clear and often had a turquoise hue reminiscent of tropical beaches. The tall walls that surround you make you feel so small in comparison. Take your time with this one and enjoy the views. You’ll be sad leaving the trail like a kid leaving Disneyland!

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bugs
8 months ago

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8 months ago

Great trail along the river

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