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    Top Spots in and near Kings Canyon National Park

    • Sierra, California

      Hike to Mist Falls

      4.5
      9 mi / 600 ft gain
      The trailhead starts at Roads' End (the end of Hwy 180). Take the Bubbs Creek/Kanawyer Loop Trail and hike east. For the first three miles the trail is relatively flat through an open pine forest. Make sure to look up as there are some great views of the valley. The granite walls on both sides of...
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    • Sierra, California

      Rae Lakes Loop

      5.0
      39.08 mi / 7316 ft gain
      Day one: After checking in with the park ranger and getting your required permits you will start your hike along a 1.8 mile stretch along the south fork of the Kings River. At this point, people typically go clockwise toward Paradise Valley but you can also go counterclockwise along Bubbs Creek. ...
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    • Fresno County, California

      John Muir Trail: Camping at Pinchot Pass

      After the mild, but not negligible, 1000 ft ascent into Pinchot Pass, you'll be ready to rinse off the grime and take a rest. There are a few options for lakeside camping along the trail like Twin Lakes and an unnamed lake on the west side of the trail just beyond.This is a cool area because the ...
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    • Fresno County, California

      Explore Zumwalt Meadow and Roaring River Falls

      4.5
      4.1 mi / 475 ft gain
      The Zumwalt Meadow and Roaring River Falls Trail is a 4.1 mile hike in Kings Canyon National Park. You feel remote, even with a road nearby. The minimal elevation change makes this a scenic hike for all skill levels. Bring bug spray and wear long sleeve hiking clothing in August, as the bugs are ...
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    • Fresno County, California

      Hike to Lookout Peak

      12 mi
      You'll want an early start to this hike so consider camping in the park the night before. If you enter the park via CA-180 and follow it for a ways (passing Kings Canyon Visitor Center, Kings Canyon Lodge, and eventually the Cedar Grove Visitor Center) you'll come up to two campsites on the left-...
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    • Fresno County, California

      John Muir Trail: Middle Rae Lake

      You'll have to deal with some crowds at Rae Lakes but that is because this is an amazing setting to spend the night. If sharing this place with others is the worst of your worries then you're doing pretty well. Hikers flock here for the incredible swimming, views of iconic peaks like Fin Dome and...
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    • Independence, California

      Charlotte Lake via Kearsarge Pass

      4.0
      16.38 mi / 4078 ft gain
      This adventure begins at Onion Valley Campground outside of Independence, CA. The parking is abundant and the road is snow dependent. Snow will be plowed as long as it is not currently being hit with a massive storm. Dogs are allowed on trail up to Kearsarge Pass (4.5 miles from the trailhead). H...
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    • Independence, California

      Rae Lakes via Glen and Kearsarge Passes

      5.0
      26.02 mi / 7106 ft gain
      The hike starts at Onion Valley campground and includes a good deal of elevation (two passes around 12,000 feet). You start climbing at the outset, and keep climbing for the first couple of hours before hitting Kearsarge Pass. Here you begin a long descent, then traverse above some beautiful lake...
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    • Independence, California

      Summit Mt. Gould

      9 mi / 3812 ft gain
      Starting at 9,200 feet at Onion Valley Campground, take Kearsarge Pass Trail. The hike begins immediately with a substantial increase in elevation, switchbacking up the mountain. On the way up rest and enjoy the beautiful alpine lakes, which include Gilbert, Flower, Heart and Big Pothole Lake. Fl...
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    • Independence, California

      Onion Valley to Mt. Whitney

      47.35 mi / 11745 ft gain
      Trip Guide ***Please note, all images after the first one are arranged in chronological order of the trip so you can easily follow along Day 1 Depending on where you are coming from your day one is most likely going to be setting up your car shuttle from Whitney Portal to Onion Valley.  Our fi...
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    • Independence, California

      Flower Lake from Onion Valley

      5.04 mi / 1352 ft gain
      Make sure to obtain an overnight permit up to 6 months in advance. You will have to pick up your permit at one of the Inyo National Forest Visitor Centers (here) before you begin. Once you have your permit in hand, drive to the Onion Valley Trailhead (see map), which is about 15 miles west of th...
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    • Big Pine, California

      Backpack Atop Sawmill Pass

      20 mi / 6700 ft gain
      At 11,347 ft., Sawmill Pass lies on the Sierra Crest and enters Kings Canyon National Park in the Woods Creek area. Both the John Muir Trail (JMT) and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) can be accessed through this pass. The Sawmill Pass trail is a steep and arduous climb, gaining over 6700 feet of e...
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    • Bishop, California

      Big Pine Lakes via North Fork Trail

      5.0
      12.69 mi / 3196 ft gain
      The North Fork Big Pine Creek Trail offers some of the best high alpine scenery in the Sierras. As the peaks of the Palisades pierce the sky with its craggy span of summits you will find it is as picturesque and dramatic as any in California. Nestled beneath these giant peaks are the glacier scou...
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    • Big Pine, California

      Fourth Lake via Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail

      4.0
      12.6 mi / 3205 ft gain
      From Big Pine, you'll turn onto Crocker St. to head towards the mountains. Once you are about 11 miles down the road you will see a sign and a turnoff on the right for trailhead parking. That is where you are going to want to park if you are staying overnight but you can continue to where the roa...
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    • Bishop, California

      First and Second Lake via Big Pine Creek North Fork

      5.0
      9.57 mi / 2392 ft gain
      The North Fork of Big Pine Creek is often cited as having the most unbelievable scenery reachable in a single day. And it's hard to disagree. The Big Pine Creek North Fork trail is just minutes outside of Big Pine off the 395. If going in the winter, access to the trailhead can be closed off, so...
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    • Tulare County, California

      Backpack to Weaver Lake, CA

      7 mi / 1075 ft gain
      The hike to Weaver Lake begins at the Big Meadows trailhead in Sequoia National Forest (elevation: 7,633 ft.). There is roadside parking at the beginning of the trailhead and more parking available just inside the gate. At the trailhead, there is a vault toilet, trash receptacle, and map of the a...
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    Camping and Lodging in Kings Canyon National Park

    Sentinel Campground
    Miramonte, California

    Sentinel Campground

    Grays Meadows
    Independence, California

    Grays Meadows

    Big Pine Canyon
    Big Pine, California

    Big Pine Canyon

    Big Pine Creek Campground
    Big Pine, California

    Big Pine Creek Campground

    Upper Sage Flat
    Big Pine, California

    Upper Sage Flat

    Big Meadow Campground
    Forest Route 14S11

    Big Meadow Campground

    Guides, Insights and Stories from Kings Canyon National Park

    Timelapsing Kings Canyon

    Timelapsing Kings Canyon

    The Outbound Collective

    Backpacking the Eastern Sierra's Evolution Loop

    Backpacking the Eastern Sierra's Evolution Loop

    Kristen Fuller

    Drinkin’ from the Devil's Punchbowl

    Drinkin’ from the Devil's Punchbowl

    Masa Kato

    Backpacking into the Eastern Sierra: Honeymoon Lake via Piute Pass

    Backpacking into the Eastern Sierra: Honeymoon Lake via Piute Pass

    Kristen Fuller

    Your Perfect Weekend in Sequoia National Park

    Your Perfect Weekend in Sequoia National Park

    Will Cebron

    A Weekend Exploring Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks

    A Weekend Exploring Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks

    Benjamin Canevari