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Kings Canyon National Park

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398 mi 640 km of trail 6 Featured Hikes

Gems 6 Gems Easy Trails 23 Trails Intermediate Trails 33 Trails Hard Trails 13 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

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 Sandwiches are amazing! Try the Buffalo Bill
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.
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
Alabama Hills Cafe Best french toast ever! Strongly suggested!

Areas Within Kings Canyon National Park

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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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West Bishop, CA
29.6 mi 47.7 km West Bishop, CA
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Squaw Valley, CA
8.5 mi 13.7 km Squaw Valley, CA
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7.6 mi 12.2 km
#4 Kearsarge Pass Trail
Lone Pine, CA
7.6 mi 12.2 km Lone Pine, CA
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Snowy - exactly what u would expect in high sierras in may. not many tracks established on back half from k.pass to jmt
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Big Pine, CA
5.1 mi 8.1 km Big Pine, CA
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23.9 mi 38.4 km
#6 Middle Fork Trail
Big Pine, CA
23.9 mi 38.4 km Big Pine, CA
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13.0 mi 21.0 km
#7 Simpson Meadow Trail
Big Pine, CA
13.0 mi 21.0 km Big Pine, CA
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8.0 mi 12.9 km
#8 Goddard Canyon Trail
Big Pine, CA
8.0 mi 12.9 km Big Pine, CA
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Lone Pine, CA
30.6 mi 49.2 km Lone Pine, CA
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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
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11.4 mi 18.3 km
#11 Blue Canyon Trail
Squaw Valley, CA
11.4 mi 18.3 km Squaw Valley, CA
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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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20.5 mi 33.0 km
#13 Kennedy Canyon Trail
Squaw Valley, CA
20.5 mi 33.0 km Squaw Valley, CA
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9.9 mi 16.0 km
#14 Bubbs Creek Trail
Lone Pine, CA
9.9 mi 16.0 km Lone Pine, 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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11.6 mi 18.7 km
#17 Sawmill Pass Trail
Big Pine, CA
11.6 mi 18.7 km Big Pine, CA
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Squaw Valley, CA
0.5 mi 0.8 km Squaw Valley, CA
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6.2 mi 9.9 km
#19 Lamarck Col Trail
West Bishop, CA
6.2 mi 9.9 km West Bishop, CA
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Lone Pine, CA
2.3 mi 3.7 km Lone Pine, CA
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