Explore Zumwalt Meadow and Roaring River Falls

California 180

The Zumwalt Meadow And Roaring River Falls trail is a special place accessible for all ages, with a granite cliff on one side, a grassy meadow on the other, and a crystal clear emerald river in between.

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 quite active. 

This trail is most commonly hiked from March through October, as snow in the winter often closes the access road. 

Photos: Wayne HsiehDavid Prasad and Oliver Dodd

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Snack
  • Sun protection
  • Bug spray 
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RT Distance 4.1 Miles
Elevation Gain 475 Feet
Activities Chillin, Fishing, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area


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Pleasant stroll

You can’t go wrong deep in the heart of Kings Canyon. Easy trail. So relaxing.

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