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Kings Creek Cascades Foot Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
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Hike next to steep, fast flowing cascades, up a narrow rock staircase. One-way (up) only.


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0.2

Miles

0.4

KM

Point to Point

7,202' 2,195 m

High

6,951' 2,119 m

Low

251' 76 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

21%

Avg Grade (12°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

One Way Only: This is designated as a directional trail.

Need to Know

Be careful. Obey one-way signs. Popular trail and can be crowded. There is no room for safe passing for most of it. This narrow trail is built into the rock right next to steep fast flowing cascades.

No horses allowed.

Description

Kings Creek Cascades Foot Trail starts by splitting from Kings Creek Trail just west of Kings Creek Falls. When returning from Kings Creek Falls, after 0.3 miles, a fork in the trail is reached. Go left at this fork to hike Kings Creek Cascades Foot Trail. (This fork is past the Bench Lake Trail trail junction.)

After a very short stretch in fir forest that passes a large cascade/mini-waterfall, a preview of what's ahead, Kings Creek Cascades Foot Trail pops out of the forest onto rock next to Kings Creek. Up ahead one can see Kings Creek cascading fast and steeply, down the lengthy Kings Creek Cascades, and the trail going up the rock face with stairs built into it, next to the cascades. This dramatic stretch of trail lasts for almost a quarter mile. The views into the distance to the east and down the cascades, get better and better with each step up the stairs. Just make sure to stop before looking so you don't step off the trail by mistake.

After about a quarter mile, Kings Creek Cascades Foot Trail ends as it rejoins Kings Creek Trail.

Flora & Fauna

This trail is primarily on rock. However, there is a short stretch at the beginning in fir forest. Wildflowers.

Contacts

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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Kings Creek cascades down steeply and swiftly as Kings Creek Cascades Foot Trail climbs the stairs next to the creek. Beautiful mountain views into the distance to the east here.
Jul 3, 2020 near Chester, CA
Steep Kings Creek cascades and the narrow one-way (up) stair path up to the top of these cascades.
Jul 4, 2020 near Chester, CA
King Creek Trail. with permission from aliandjgohiking
Mar 9, 2016 near Chester, CA
Glimpses of the distant mountains, looking east through the fir forest high on Kings Creek Trail early in the morning.
Jul 3, 2020 near Chester, CA

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Jul 1, 2020
Joan Pendleton