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Park Ridge Trail Panoramic Point to Park Ridge Fire Lookout

MODERATE 35 reviews
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Park Ridge Trail Panoramic Point to Park Ridge Fire Lookout is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Dunlap, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,049 feet Route Type: Out & Back


nature trips

trail running


bird watching


partially paved


wild flowers


no dogs

1 month ago

Great hike to go on while visiting King’s Canyon NP. Definitely one of the less traveled trails and you won’t see many people on it. From the Panoramic Point it’s a beautiful hike down Park Ridge to the Park Ridge Lookout. When we arrived there we were invited up to the fire lookout station by the volunteer retired couple who were staffing it. They were so friendly and they explained how they did their job of spotting smoke in the forest below and calling it in to the fire officials. The views from the lookout were spectacular!

7 months ago

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.

11 months ago

The trail is steep, but paved the whole way. Not difficult at all. The 4 year old made it no problem. Totally worth the time to go to both gorgeous viewpoints! Remember the bug spray (end of July).

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

great view payoff from the top- go early and you'll have it to yourself!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The panoramic view + an additional mile beyond are worth it. The fire lookout was lame with no views

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The only good views are at the very beginning but the rest of the hike was kind of "meh". A bonus though is we see no other people on the hike.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Beautiful trail with a paved section leading up to an awesome overview of the mountains. The Trail then continues as a dirt trail but is well maintained

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Great trail on a beautiful ridge. A couple awesome vistas. About 20% shade.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Quick, easy, and beautiful trail. Maybe 1/2 a mile total, out and back trail with, you guessed it, a panoramic view at the top! Paved trail, easy for young kids!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Short little hike but great view of Hume Lake and the peaks!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Beautiful hike from panoramic point (breathtaking) to the fire lookout. Took the trail out then the access road back. Came across a black bear on our way back to the car ~1/2 mile from the parking area.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Hiked the trail in early December. Nobody else was on the hike. It's actually a road but had about 6" of snow on it. Beautiful views at the top and the fact that we did not see a single other person was a huge plus.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Very easy "hike" on pavement, Decent view of Kings Canyon & it's many mountain tops. Not busy either

Monday, June 27, 2016

Nice hike with good views of Hume Lake and portions of the Kings Canyon.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

This is one of the few decent trails you can hike at tis time due to the closures of the park from the Rough Fire. You have to sneak behind the Grant Grove Store and drive to Panorama Point. From there the hike is beautiful. Some up and down and you cross the forest service road that essentially parallels the trail two times. Fortunate rainy weather caused us to turn around just shy of the fire lookout station as our visibility became almost zero and it was getting cold fast. Some spectacular views of the valley below. Only saw one other person on the trail.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Fun Trail, I Enjoyed it !!

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