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Wonderful trail. Day hiked to lower paradise valley and back with my sister. First half is pretty mild but after mist falls it’s pretty much uphill in the sun with switch backs. You get an amazing view of tumbling water the whole way, beautiful deep green pools surrounded by a relentlessly torrential river. Stopped at the Bailey bridge on the way back to roads end for a awesome swim in a deep green pool and some crazy English kids were jumping from the bridge and the rock! Note that the smoke from the Ferguson fire was noticeable (did the hike Friday 8/3) so things were a little hazy

Decent trail if you're looking to bring the pup and not deal with a lot of foot traffic (I didn't see another soul). Area still has significant burn remnants and doesn't have much shade for most of the trail. Heat was an issue in the (late July) afternoon, and I definitely recommend refilling your water at each creek you pass. If I do this hike again in the summer with my dog, I'll avoid the trail in the mid afternoon hours because the sand was pretty hot. He made a point of trotting to shade, then waiting on me to catch up.

Great hike! Started from the Road's End Trailhead and initially only wanted to go to Mist Falls, but my friends and I were feeling ambitious and made our way to Lower Paradise Valley. Like others have mentioned, there's certain sections of the hike where there is no shade and the sun just beats you down. Also, there's mosquitos early on the hike when you start hiking along the river. Besides that, the hike was amazing! Pretty minor elevation gain to Mist Falls, but the hike to Lower Paradise is more steep and rocky. Mist Falls Trail was amazing to see and you can go off trail and get closer to the falls. Lower Paradise Valley has a different feel that Mist Falls and a lot more calm. The valley is a great place to filter water especially if you plan to head back to the Road's End Trailhead.

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1 month ago

Great trail. We completed this hike mid June and it was fantastic. The canyon walls tower over the trail and don’t even look real. Bugs were minimal but we used deet. We ran into two deer and didn’t encounter any bears... though given the terrain, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was common.

Great early season/beginner backpacker hike! We hiked up past Mist Falls to camp at Lower Paradise Valley on May 4th. Lots of steps but beautiful views along the way! The campsite has a large, flat, forested area very close to the South fork of the Kings River. Bear box/locker provided! It was cool in the 40s at night but there was a designated campfire area we took advantage of.
The following day we day hiked up through Middle Paradise Valley (where there is a rustic toilet!). This was much flatter than the previous days hike but also had some sandy sections were the trail was a little hard to find...we made it to Upper Paradise Falls to see the bridge washed out (we didn’t take the time to look but rumor has it there may be a log crossing in the area...?)
The third day we hiked back and saw a rattlesnake! Saw a handful of hikers along the way. No bears. Only a few bugs. Can’t wait to do the Rae’s Lakes Loop now!

Watch out for rattlesnakes sunning themselves on the trail. Some nicer views higher up but somewhat by muted the forest, as glorious as the ponederosa forest is up there.

backpacking
9 months ago

October, 2017- Did an overnighter at campsite 1 (~6.5 miles in). Daytime temps low 70s, nighttime temps low 30s. Views were slightly obscured by nearby prescribed fire, but the morning sunlight made for some impressive lighting. We were lucky to come within 10 ft and 60 ft of two black bears- one on the way in and one on the way out (both of them were quick to get away from us). Also, a fawn and doe visited our campsite.
Overall a great overnight hike that I highly recommend.

backpacking
9 months ago

Truly beautiful view. The way up is an excessive amount of rock stairs which is tough if you are not an experienced hiker. We saw a bear 20ft from the trail pass the falls, which are also incredible. The stream takes you all the way to the campsite

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10 months ago

Did this hike in July 27-28, 2017. It took half a day each way. Camped at Paradise Valley. Loved it. Fairly strenuous if you leave after noon -- to get to the campsite you have to move at a fairly brisk pace, although it is fairly easy up to Mist Falls. Saw two rattlesnakes, so be alert!

hiking
11 months ago

I'm not sure if they were flies or mosquitoes (they weren't biting), but not even they could prevent this from being a great hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Bring a face net to keep all flies out of your face, but otherwise it's a beautiful hike!

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11 months ago

We were prepared for the mosquitoes. I had brought head nets and plenty of water. Even had a chance to do a little fishing. It was so serene and beautiful. We even were lucky enough to hike up with a Park Ranger to Mist falls. Who had some great information about the wildlife in the area before we continued on to lower Paradise valley. We also got a chance to see some deer on our way back. The weather was ideal for this wonderful journey!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Are dogs really allowed on this trail? I thought dogs can't go anywhere within the national parks.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Did this hike as part of backpacking the Rae Lakes Loop. I would highly recommend doing the loop - it's beautiful! Here is a trip report with pictures and logistical info: https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/rae-lakes-loop/

backpacking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What a ride!

For anyone interested in hiking Kings Canyon NP from Roads End Permit Station I have an update as of 5/25. If you are looking for a trip free of snow(ish) then this may be your ticket!

I hiked to upper paradise valley this week. This is accessed from the woods creek trail head. Mist Falls is a beauty to behold.

The trail and campsites are mostly clear of snow with the exception of a large avalanche 5 and a half miles up the trail. Not too difficult to pass.

The real challenge is a series of flooded sections just below the lower paradise valley. A massive log jam has made it rather diffcult to pass with water ranging from 2 to 4 feet deep. The current is negliable in these sections but i recomend being preapred to scale a lot of boulders or carry your pack above your head if you want to make it through. That water was inhumanly cold...

The campsites were in decent condition. I recommend a meadow between middle and upper paradise for gorgeous views. Check near the aspen trees to the right by the river for some flat ground and easy access to water.

Rae lakes is completely buried in snow according to the rangers 15+. Both of the bridges north of paradise valley are out with no word on when they will be repaired. Crossing via other means is severly discouraged as two lives have already been lost to the swift currents this year. As a bonus the view next to mist falls was breathtaking in its ferocity.

Reach out to the park for up to date info and permit info.

https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/wilderness_permits.htm

Call and plan sooner than later!!!

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

I hiked this trail on May 28. The flow of water was awe inspiring (probably more so than later months because of the melting snow). After a short switchback above the Mist Fall, there was a 200-ft section that was covered by packed snow as well as a few 100-ft sections where the trail was flooded and you would have to scramble over boulders. Other than that, the trail remains relatively flat rest of the way up to the Paradise Valley.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Part of the trails before paradise valley was covered in packed snow and after that it was flooded but it was a nice hike

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2016

everything you could possibly get on a day hike. panorama views, rivers, waterfalls, thick forests, south facing granite switchbacks, gnarled mountain peaks. all around perfect hike.

hiking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

best

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Monday, September 07, 2015

Didn't go all the way to Grizzley Lakes. I turned back at the junction near Frypan Meadow. The smoke from the Rough Fire was pretty bad in the morning, but cleared up as I gained elevation. Will definitely hike this one again & camp at Grizzley lakes & then head up to Mt Harrington & over the Monarch Divide. Nice views & very peaceful......I didn't see another person the entire day.

hiking
Monday, August 03, 2015

Beautiful!

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

did this with the Rea lakes loop. BEAUTIFUL

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