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Mist Falls is a 8.7 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.

Length 8.7 mi Elevation gain 879 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

No dogs

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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!

This trail can get buggy, bring some DEET and clothes that will cover your skin.

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marco agabashian
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HikingGreat!

Wow! Absolutely Amazing Hike. Every direction you look from the moment you drive in is Picturesque. Very large parking lot that was filling up by 9am. There are many different trails that share that parking lot, and i believe lots of people park there and hang out to picnic. First 2 Miles is flat, Sandy and open. At 9am it wasnt too hot. At that mark the trail splits where you will stay left and it begins to gradually incline. i say gradual, bc I personally never felt like this this trail ever got steep, and preferred the incline section way more than the flat sand section. Nonetheless, you are hiking along side the river, with many areas that you can get down to the water (which is a crystal clear/teal color) or have amazing panoramic views of all sides of the canyons. Did not see or hear any rattlesnakes. A juvenile aged bear came down in between us and the group in front of us and cruised on the trail with us for a while. At one point we were probably 10-15 feet from the bear until it finally had enough of us and ran off. There is so much diversity along this trail, from wetlands to rock formations to big trees to views of sheer granite cliffs to finally the waterfall. when you get to the Mist Falls sign jump over the log to find the path down. This is a large area with paths all over the place where you can find a place you'd like to enjoy, whether that was sitting in a open place to enjoy lunch, or getting right up to the fall. Late summer, so the fall wasn't crazy violent, we got as close as you could possibly get without actually getting in the fall, and it was nice. Some swimming holes to the left of it provided for a nice cold dip, and the water was barely even moving, where there was no fear you would get swept away. Fortunately for us, there was some cloud cover on the hike out, so where most reviews said it was hot, we felt like it was nice and cool. This hike is absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to anybody. It is very easy, but may be long for some.

Isidro Ramos
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like always, it's simply amazing!!

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Samuel E.
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next level beauty

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Abinwi N
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Smooth trail, very little elevation gain. Watch out for bears and rattlesnakes

Emily Carmack
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Beautiful trail. Took us about 3.5 hours to finish - stopped to take a lot of pictures and encountered 3 bears on it. Would definitely complete again. Amazing views!

Amanpreet Singh
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Jason Voelkl
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Jimmy M
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HikingGreat!
Amber Gladys
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Fabulous trail with diverse terrain. Bears were indeed out!

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Julie Brewer
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HikingGreat!

Awesome trail! The first 2 miles is hot, but mostly flat. Then we gained some elevation and went up the side of the falls. We came back down and swam in the aquamarine waters. Perfect hike for our family (mix of hikers and non-hikers).

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Ineth Arroyo
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful hike, encountered 3 Bears that didn’t mind us being there. Very beautiful and refreshing

Natasha Cerrato
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Beautiful trail not too difficult or easy. Once you get past the first sandy part at the trailhead. you walk along the river most of the way which is delightful. We saw two bears (in the early afternoon). It’s great to cool off in the river and the falls themselves are lovely

Andrea Brannam
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HikingGreat!

Magical hike!

Jerry Fuschetto
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Kelly Isaacs-White
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Claire Follis
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Absolutely beautiful trail that has plenty of beautiful places to stop and rest. Didn’t get to see a bear on the trail but did come across one young rattlesnake who slithered quickly across the trail. Bear spray is not allowed in King’s Canyon because Black bears do not see humans as worth it to hunt. If you see one on the trail, just raise your hands and yell, they will happily saunter off without bothering you. Took 2 amateur hikers with me and we took our time/ stopped at multiple spots for 30+ minutes. Took us around 5.5 hr. Lots of shade throughout the trail, not as buggy as other reviews had made it seem. Will definitely be back to this trail and would recommend to anyone looking for a fun day trail.

Solomon Demmessie
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Beautiful trail, but ran into 4 bears on the hike (in the evening). At one point a bear came directly towards us. Would not go back simply for this reason. Saw some food on the trail that people must have dropped... seems like a dangerous situation waiting to happen

Karan Kumar
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Great trail. Along the kings river which had quite a good flow even in end July.. Beautiful clear water all through and mist falls was fantastic. Not hard, but long... Saw a rattlesnake and people ahead of us saw a mama bear and her cubs.

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David Trippany
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One of my all time favorites. It probably should be labeled as “easy”. Or maybe it was the distraction provided by the constant roar of water and the surprise glimpses of the granite giants around every corner. Other than the first mile and a half, there was plenty of shade as you meander in and out of boulder fields nestled in the forest. The waterfall was definitely with the trip but take a few extra minutes and follow the trail to the top of the falls. There you gifted with an amazing view of the valley and a perfect place for a picnic on the shade. Start early to beat the crowds and don’t forget to stop and admire the scenery provided my Mother Nature occasionally.

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Mike Baldy
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Just finished this trail July 25. Moderately crowded but plenty of space in the overflow parking lot. First couple of miles are through sandy/gravel and are exposed to the sun midday - very hot in the summer (90+ degrees). Once you reach the trees there’s more coverage and a bit of elevation change, and you start hiking alongside the river. Saw 2 bears and a large rattlesnake (even with seeing about 10 other groups of people total on the trail). Pretty mellow trail with not much elevation gain until the end, which has a nice waterfall. Probably won’t do it again unless we’re hiking the Rae Lakes loop

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Bryan Mercke
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Great hike. I did this hike in June and it was perfect. The first leg with a flat sandy part really lets you get used to soaking in some beautiful mountains, but at the end of the day that sandy stretch can be a bit dull. I highly recommend hiking this trail a mile or two past mist falls to really get a stunning view of kings canyon and the Sphinx.

Stacy Ravnikar
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EXTREMELY ACTIVE BEAR AND SNAKES ON THE TRAIL!!! Please be bear aware! If/when you see or encounter the bear, make a lot of noise and raise your arms/hiking poles in the air! DO NOT RUN OR TURN YOUR BACK. If possible, tag along with other people so that you make a larger hiking group. Hopefully the bear will not be interested in you and go back to his own business. First mile, we baked in the sun walking through the sandy terrain. Wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water. The bear and snake sighting occurred when we turned left and walked through the more dense woods. Wear some bug spray too. Once you get to the top of Mist Falls, relax by putting your feet in the cold icy water. After all, if you’ve survived this far, you deserve this little treat.

John Simpson
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Ran into Stacy (from a few reviews below) in Sequoia NP today! She made it clear this trail had its challenges but was rewarding at the end. If considering, hike it in a group!

Roman W.
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Gorgeous trail! We saw a beautiful bear that was leading on the trail. We stopped as he carried on into the woods. Got some pretty great footage. The falls were beautiful. We carried on an extra 2miles toward paradise Valley and passed a beautiful lake.

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Ryan Trevino
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Decent trail, couple good photo spots, I would take my not too out of shape friends on this trail and they would be able to do it without complaining too much, or asking too many times how much longer. The pay off is there’s water, and if you explore a little bit around the falls you’ll notice there are better spots then the one everyone seems to gather around. Use some bug spray to keep the gnats off you, and a hat is a nice if you’re one of “those people” that like to hike at 11am.

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Leanne Skirzynski
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Amazing hike with amazing views. I did this hike in early fall and the waterfall still had a lot of water. Not too challenging but might be a little long for a beginner. Bring at least two liters of water.

John Leerskov
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Absolutely amazing hike it is a must. Waterfall is strong with lots of water even in July, saw 3 bears and one was a little too close for comfort. Definitely have bear spray with you.

David Suarez
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Absolutely worth the day trip. Sunscreen is definitely needed. First/Last 1.5 miles there’s almost no shade, so head covering would help. The rest of the way was mostly shaded. The final mile and half to the Falls was a definitely a climb in elevation. 2 hours to falls, less than 2 to return. Deers spotted. And was told about bear cubs roaming trail. Best to go in the early morning during the summer. Descent amount of space near the falls to enjoy a picnic. Remember, please, Pack it in, Pack it out. IG: davidrsuarez

Mariel Klein
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Loved this trail! King’s Canyon NP far exceeded our expectations, and this trail was a highlight.

Sarah Schear
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Hiked this trail on July 8 from 11 AM to 2:45 PM. So beautiful - loved the variation in terrain, from the dry terrain surrounded by enormous rock walls similar to Yosemite, to the shaded canyon bed with beautiful creek running alongside, to the rocks leading up to the falls. Bugs were not nearly as bad as advertised - we sprayed legs and arms with 40% DEET and did fine. Bring sun protection as the beginning of the trail has little shade, as well as plenty of water to get you through the incline in the last mile! We did not see any Bears or Snakes. Lots of room for social distancing on this hike! Thank you to the kind hiker who found my favorite cloth mask that I dropped inadvertently and hung it up on tree bark for me to find on the way back!!

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