Kings Canyon National Park

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384 mi 618 km of trail 4 Featured Hikes

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 19 Trails Intermediate Trails 31 Trails Hard Trails 14 Trails

Nestled in the southern Sierra Nevadas, Kings Canyon lies next to Sequoia National Park, east of the San Joaquin Valley, and boasts a diverse and dramatic landscape with vast caverns, deep canyons, huge mountains, rugged foothills, and expansive forests. Visitor activities vary by season and elevation, which ranges from 1,370 to 14,494 feet.

Within Kings Canyon, you can experience this striking change in elevation from warm foothills to cold alpine peaks. Kings Canyon is a wide glacial valley featuring a lovely meandering river, beautiful waterfalls, spectacular tall cliffs, and green vibrant meadows. A few miles outside the park, Kings Canyon deepens and steepens becoming arguably the deepest canyon in North America for a short distance.

Also plunging far below the surface are stunning marble caverns, many with endemic cave fauna. This huge variation in the landscape contributes to the vast diversity of plants and animals in the park.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

The Big Trees Shuttle runs daily from late May into September.
  • Grant Grove Loop - free
  • Fresno/Sanger Route - $15 round trip

Be sure to visit the Kings Canyon website for a list of the places you don't want to miss.

Camping & Lodging

The park offers a variety of campgrounds throughout the park. A maximum of 6 people are allowed in standard sites, but group campsites are also available with a reservation. Be aware, most campgrounds fill up on Saturday nights from July through August. More information can be found here.

For those looking for a slightly less rustic option, lodging can be reserved at the John Muir Lodge, Cedar Grove Lodge, or the Grant Grove Cabins. More information can be found here.

Visiting Tips

Kings Canyon is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, weather permitting.

Visitor Center
  • Kings Canyon Visitor Center - Open daily (all year): 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • Cedar Grove Visitor Center - Closed in winter. Open late May to late September: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • Roads End Wilderness Permit Station - Closed in winter. Open late May to late September: 7:00 a.m.- 3:45 p.m.
Fees and Passes
  • Private Vehicle ($20/7-days)
  • Motorcycle ($10/7-days)
  • Per Person ($10/7-days)
  • Annual Pass ($30)

Because of the extreme elevation range in the parks, weather conditions vary greatly from area to area and day to day. Head to the Kings Canyon National Park page to double check weather conditions before heading out. Opening and closing dates for facilities and services may change due to weather or other circumstances.

Other Activities

Whether you prefer a short stroll or a week in the wilderness, a quiet sunrise or a roaring river, Kings Canyon offers a wide range of activities and hundreds of miles of trails.

Food & Drink

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Still Life Cafe Never disappoints.
Copper Top BBQ So yummy!!! Gotta make this a stop on the way to June Lake. Everything's delicious!!!
310 N Main St, Big Pine CA — (760) 970-5577
Sierra Subs & Salads Everything is awesome. Great food at a very reasonable price
Ol' Buckaroo Be sure to put some bug repellent before going, it's plenty! Otherwise fried chicken was awesome and the place is very nice
Totem Cafe Okay restaurant if you're absolutely starving. Service is insanely slow though, even when it is empty.
Seasons As good a dinner as you will find this close to Death Valley. Make sure to stop here on your way through.
212 S Main St, Lone Pine CA — (760) 876-8927
Margie's Merry Go Round Restaurant This restaurant opened in 1957 as an American restaurant, but now is a Chinese restaurant. Amazing vintage sign. Interior is circular shaped, like a merry-go-round.
212 S Main St, Lone Pine CA — (760) 876-4115
Alabama Hills Cafe Best french toast ever! Strongly suggested!

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11.9 mi 19.1 km
#1 Bishop Pass Trail
Big Pine, CA
11.9 mi 19.1 km Big Pine, CA
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9.9 mi 16.0 km
#2 Bubbs Creek Trail
Lone Pine, CA
9.9 mi 16.0 km Lone Pine, CA
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West Bishop, CA
29.6 mi 47.7 km West Bishop, CA
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23.9 mi 38.4 km
#4 Middle Fork Trail
Big Pine, CA
23.9 mi 38.4 km Big Pine, CA
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Big Pine, CA
5.1 mi 8.1 km Big Pine, CA
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13.0 mi 21.0 km
#6 Simpson Meadow Trail
Big Pine, CA
13.0 mi 21.0 km Big Pine, CA
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7.6 mi 12.2 km
#7 Kearsarge Pass Trail
Lone Pine, CA
7.6 mi 12.2 km Lone Pine, CA
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Squaw Valley, CA
8.5 mi 13.7 km Squaw Valley, CA
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Some Mud
24 days ago
8.0 mi 12.9 km
#9 Goddard Canyon Trail
Big Pine, CA
8.0 mi 12.9 km Big Pine, CA
Unknown
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4.6 mi 7.4 km
#10 Sugar Bowl Trail
Three Rivers, CA
4.6 mi 7.4 km Three Rivers, CA
All Clear
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Dry - Heavy mosquito activity near campsites at Redwood Creek.
70 days ago
Lone Pine, CA
30.6 mi 49.2 km Lone Pine, CA
Unknown
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4.4 mi 7.1 km
#12 State Lakes Loop
Big Pine, CA
4.4 mi 7.1 km Big Pine, CA
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11.4 mi 18.3 km
#13 Blue Canyon Trail
Squaw Valley, CA
11.4 mi 18.3 km Squaw Valley, CA
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Three Rivers, CA
4.9 mi 7.9 km Three Rivers, CA
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Big Pine, CA
43.3 mi 69.7 km Big Pine, CA
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14.2 mi 22.9 km
#16 Elizabeth Pass Trail
Three Rivers, CA
14.2 mi 22.9 km Three Rivers, CA
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Lone Pine, CA
2.3 mi 3.7 km Lone Pine, CA
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Big Pine, CA
11.9 mi 19.2 km Big Pine, CA
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4.6 mi 7.4 km
#19 Don Cecil Trail
Squaw Valley, CA
4.6 mi 7.4 km Squaw Valley, CA
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Three Rivers, CA
2.5 mi 4.1 km Three Rivers, CA
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