Kings Canyon National Park

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32 mi 52 km

Hikes

368 mi 592 km

Trails
Gems
3 Gems

Easy Trails
17 Trails
Intermediate Trails
30 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, Guided Tours, and 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 and 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 and 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
Burger Barn Very charming off the main drag bodega with plenty of outdoor sitting. Mostly decent burgers but a few other things on the menu. Owner is super friendly. I am in love with the place.
2675 W Line St, Bishop CA — (760) 920-6567
Bear Mountain Pizza The Polar bear is the best garlic chicken pizza
Mahogany Smoked Meats If you don't feel like dealing with the chaos that is Schats, the sandwiches here are just as tasty. One word: Bacon!
2345 N Sierra Hwy, Bishop CA — (760) 873-5311
Great Basin Bakery Every thing is great! The jalapeños cheddar bagel is my favorite!
169 Lagoon St, Bishop CA — (760) 873-9828
Village Cafe Nice shaded outside patio! Can sit groups up to 6.
965 N See Vee Ln, Bishop CA — (760) 872-3101
Las Palmas Fish tacos are the bomb also great selection of tequila love the Diablo shrimp
Amigos Great hidden Mexican food . they offer a different twist to the typical Mexican food joint. Variety of mangoes, papas and other tropical fruits really adds great flavor.
285 N Main St, Bishop CA — (760) 872-2189
Jack's Restaurant Awesome spinach and Jack omelet - friendly service. Old school place
437 Main Street, Bishop CA — (760) 872-7971
Erick Schat’s Bakkery This place has the best bread in California.
763 N Main St, Bishop CA — (760) 873-7156
Pizza Factory The meat pizza has the right amount of meat and the garlic bread is on point.
970 N Main St, Bishop CA — (760) 872-8888
Sierra Subs & Salads So worth a stop! Great sandwiches, fresh & generous. Cool picnic tables with view of river.
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
Carl's Jr. Free hand scooped oreo ice cream sandwich for every patty melt combo!
401 N MAIN ST, Lone Pine CA — (760) 876-1035
Totem Cafe Okay restaurant if you're absolutely starving. Service is insanely slow though, even when it is empty.
Alabama Hills Cafe Best french toast ever! Strongly suggested!
Areas Within Kings Canyon National Park
Spring Fling on the Kings: Apr 29 - Lapp River House
Join the Kings River community as we spend a fun day on the river with a band, BBQ, outdoor games and activities, artwork, and, of course, THE KINGS RIVER! Details
Mountaineering Skills: May 7 - Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center Parking Lot
The use of an ice axe and crampons is critical to anyone who wants to be able to move with comfort and safety in the mountains. This course will prepare you to deal with high summer snowfields and help develop the skills needed for the mountaineer's route at Mt. Whitney or other mountaineering adventures. Details
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Three Rivers, CA
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Big Pine, CA
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#9 Kearsarge Pass Trail
Lone Pine, CA
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Squaw Valley, CA
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#11 Bubbs Creek Trail
Lone Pine, CA
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Big Pine, CA
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Squaw Valley, CA
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Lone Pine, CA
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Big Pine, CA
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West Bishop, CA
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Squaw Valley, CA
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Squaw Valley, CA
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