Kings Canyon NP Day Hikes

balzaccom

Member
Joined
Sep 30, 2014
Messages
505
Just back from five days of day-hiking in Kings Canyon, most of it out of Cedar Grove. We’d never really spent a few days just to focus on this area until now…

We arrived the evening of Memorial Day, which meant that the crowds and had left, and the whole area had a rather subdued feeling to it. Sentinel Campground, except for one ugly incident (more on that below) was absolutely idyllic–spacious, quiet, and well-maintained. The first day we hiked Zumwalt Meadows to Roaring River Falls and back—and had that trail to ourselves until we hit the crowds at the falls themselves. A great way to get acclimated to the moderate elevation (about 5,000 feet.)

Day two had a real adventure in store, as we hiked up the Hotel Creek Trail (dripping hot in the sun and the temps in the low 90s). But that was only the beginning. We then clambered over a bunch of downed trees to get out to the Cedar Grove Overlook, and then bushwhacked our way through the remains of a trail down to the Lewis Creek trail. After that, it was clear sailing down to the Canyon floor, where we ate lunch and then had a delightful bear encounter on the trail back to the campground.

Day three was along the South River trail–much better than the usual sandy slog via the Bailey Bridge–to Bubbs Creek, and then up that trail beyond Sphinx Creek for fabulous views up Paradise Valley, down Kings Canyon, and straight up at the sheer granite of the Sphinx and its friends. The only sad part of this day was the discovery that someone had taken some of our gear from our campsite while we were gone. Terds.

Day four was a bit of a break, as well only did a morning hike up the Don Cecil trail to get views of the Monarch Divide and Mts. Gardiner and Clarence King, and then took the afternoon off to loll along the river on the North River drive. I even did some very ineffective fishing for a couple of tiny trout.

And day five had up driving up out of the park, stopping to hike the North Grove and Dead Giant Loops to see more magnificent Sequoias. All in all we did about 35-40 miles of day hikes, and really fell in love with this area–often thought of as front country, but we saw no more than six people on any of the trails we took.

The full report, complete with a link to the photo blog, is on our website: https://www.backpackthesierra.com/post/the-canyon-of-kings-trip-report
 

Reef&Ruins

Colorado Plateau is calling...
Joined
Feb 3, 2017
Messages
641
Sorry about your gear. We had some people steal our laundry in a hotel in Phoenix a couple of years ago during Christmas holidays. Idiot even wore the Seahawks shirt of mine the next day. Hotel couldn't do anything about it.
Sounds like you had a fun time despite that.
 

Reef&Ruins

Colorado Plateau is calling...
Joined
Feb 3, 2017
Messages
641
We did have a great time--and the rangers in the campground and law enforcement (yes, we reported it) could not have been more helpful.

Sorry about your experience, but as a forty-niners fan., maybe that shirt wasn't a great loss...
Hahahahahahaha.
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
norwegianxplorer Mt Whitney Virtual Hike via Horseshoe Meadows & Mt Langley, Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park Backpacking 1
norwegianxplorer Big SEKI loop, Sequoia Kings Canyon Backpacking 1
norwegianxplorer Bear Standoff and Bluff Charge in Kings Canyon yesterday June 30th Backpacking 16
Muddy Waters Stevens, Fold, Escalante River, Fools, Kings Mesa Trip Reports 3
WasatchWill A Birthday Along the 'Kings Castle' Loop Backpacking 11
Mike K Kings Peak Via Garfield Basin Backpacking 18
Ehouston24 Uintas Loop (Red Castle/Kings Peak) Trip Planning 14
DrNed Red Castle Kings Peak Henry's Fork Take Two Backpacking 8
JackBurns Kings Peak at 50 General Discussion 13
Skiwi Kings Peak in mid July? Trip Planning 5
Perry Injured Utah Hiker Rescued Near Kings Peak General Discussion 9
Kishenehn Kings Peak in 1930 ... General Discussion 2
Ben uintas, kings peak from swift creek th Backpacking 5
Parma Kings Peak (August 2014) Backpacking 32
Nick Missing Hiker on Kings Peak General Discussion 3
WillisBodillus Kings Peak (7/31-8/2) Backpacking 7
peakbagger1971 Kings-Emmons ridge Trip Planning 1
Dave Kings Peak, Uintas (August 2-3, 2010) Backpacking 14
B In Government Trail and out Water Canyon Trip Planning 2
balzaccom Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne Backpacking 2
X Poison Spring Canyon / Black Jump Fall 2021 Trip Planning 2
kansas Good map of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument? Trip Planning 3
balzaccom Buckeye Canyon thunderstorms Backpacking 0
J Death Valley Natl. Pk: Funeral Pk, Slit Canyon, and Big Dune. Dec 21-22, 2020 Hiking & Camping 1
LarryBoy Skin Rash in Canyon Country General Discussion 11
swmalone Bryce Canyon Family Trip Hiking & Camping 10
J Grand Canyon NP Backpack Pt. 2 Deer Cyn explore-->Esplanade-->Indian Hollow Tr. April 18-23, 2021 Backpacking 8
J Grand Canyon NP Backpack Pt. 1 Thunder River Tr.-->Esplanade-->Tapeats-->Deer. April 18-23, 2021 Backpacking 13
Laura V. Four Days in Salt Creek Canyon, April 2021 Backpacking 31
NorthwestWanderer 4 Days Backpacking Capitol Reef : Spring Canyon & Various side canyons Backpacking 5
F Stevens Canyon/southern escalate water availability. Trip Planning 16
Juicifer Labyrinth Canyon in April Questions Trip Planning 2
Nick Running the Grand Canyon in a Tule Raft General Discussion 2
Udink Mount Belknap and Bullion Canyon Hiking & Camping 3
Laura V. Bears in Salt Creek Canyon, Canyonlands Trip Planning 76
Reef&Ruins Hell'n Moriah Canyon Trip Planning 5
D Grand Canyon Ideas Trip Planning 9
RyanP Maze questions---Sweet Alice Canyon, etc Trip Planning 22
gnwatts Doing fine in Labyrinth Canyon, 9-17-20 On The Water 8
BJett Honeymoon Backpacking - An Intro to Canyon Country Backpacking 14
wildwesthikes 9 Days Solo Escalante Loop in October (water advice) - Stevens Canyon, Baker Route over Waterpocket fold, Halls Narrows to Moody Canyons Trip Planning 11
B Dark Canyon - Young's to Lean-to Traverse Trip Planning 3
M Dark Canyon Complex Water Data Trip Planning 4
Dhuff3243 Constrychnine canyon Trip Planning 0
Outdoors24 Floating Labyrinth Canyon On The Water 7
C Paria Canyon water source - August 2020 Trip Planning 2
balzaccom Fun in Mokelumne Canyon Backpacking 1
zionsky Jan's Canyon Trip Planning 2
Bob Grand Canyon North Rim wildfire Trip Planning 4
NorthwestWanderer 3 days in Idaho/Oregon's Hells Canyon: Pittsburgh Landing to Willow Creek Backpacking 2

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Top