Granite-walled valleys, cascading streams, green flower-filled meadows, daunting views from up high
It would be hard to get out if there was a fire.
Solitude, nice scenery
To me, Zumwalt Meadows is by far the most beautiful part of the park. This lush, green meadow and wetland is nestled between steep granite cliffs and traversed by Copper Creek and Granite Creek. The walk along the trail and the boardwalk loop is very tranquil and peaceful; the silence only pierced by the calls of wildlife and the occasional...more
Kings Canyon has long been a very popular place to escape the fast pace and rigors of modern life and relax into a slower pace. One of the people discovering the joys of that slower pace was Santa Barbara businessman George O. Knapp who used to conduct luxurious camping, fishing and hunting trips into Kings Canyon. The building you see here was a...more
There are a variety of food options available in King's Canyon National Park (Grant Grove Village and Cedar Grove Village) along with Sequoia National Park and Giant Sequoia National Monument. I did not eat at King's Canyon but had a good bowl of chili with cheese at the snack bar in Sequoia National Park, and a very good meal at Crab Cakes in Oakhurst.
The rating is the snack bar in Sequoia NP.
Favorite Dish: Good Chili with Cheese!
You will be quite a few feet in elevation when you are at Kings Canyon.
At night take the opportunity to look up at the sky and stars. I live in Iowa and the highest point is like 900 feet. It is amazing what you can see when you are at 7,000 feet.
It's free and you can't see that view from just anywhere.
By the Visitor's Center you can get some basic supplies. Food, sun screen etc.
Once you get down into Kings Canyon there really aren't any choices. Period.
Once you get way down into the Canyon......it will take you a while to get back to the top.
In spite of what I said about aggressive CA drivers, if you have cars behind you, it is required that you pull over at an overlook or turnout to let these cars pass. In some states, it is illegal to "tow" 3 or more cars. So if someone is behind you and wants to go faster, pull over and let them pass. It gives you more time to stop and enjoy the view.
Warning signs arethere to protect you, your pets, and to preserve the park for future visitors. Please obey them. There was a lot of snow here when I last visited. Be aware of your surroundings there are bears, cougars, and rattlesnakes here; and a protozoan called "Giardia Lamblia" in the water which can make you sick (so treat the water before...more
Luggage and bags:
I atleast take a backpack with the basics - water, food etc.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depends on the time of year. it can get really hot in the summer. Wear correct shoes for your activities. Hiking etc.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: We needed sun screen and got burnt!
Photo Equipment: Bring lots of memory for your camera.
It's not exactly off the beaten path, but most people arriving at Kings Canyon from Fresno on Hwy 180 don't stop to appreciate the scenery. From the hotter regions of the San Joaquin Valley, the road winds up through the foothills, passing many beautiful valleys. The scenery here is drier and more arid than the scenery farther up, but it is still...more
The trail to Grizzly Falls is short and paved most of the way. Those in a wheelchair can get close enough for a good view. To get a closer look, however, you will need to climb over some low rocks. Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, and weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!more
Kings Canyon is intertwined with Sequoia National Park. Kings Canyon is home to the deepest canyon in the United States (8000 feet at the deepest point) along with a lot of great scenery. There is a very nice scenic drive through both parts of the park. Wander through the mountain areas, the meadows, the streams, and hike some of the trails for a...more
Between Bailey Bridge and Mist Falls, the Mist Falls Trail follow the South Fork Kings River. Along the way there are hundreds of cascades, cataracts, and rapids. There were a few very pretty ones, a few very noisy ones, but they were all very beautiful. this was probably my favorite stretch of the entire Paradise Valley Trail.more
Hume Lake Recreation area is located 8 miles north of Grant Grove on Hwy 180. A turnoff leads to Hume Lake road, which winds and twists sharply for 3 miles before depositing you near the lake. This man made lake was originally developed to supply water for a log flume that transported sequoias and other lumber to a mill 54 miles away. Today,...more