Kings Canyon – California

 

Date of Visit: June 29 – July 2, 2018

How we got there: Drove from Oakhurst, CA / Yosemite NP, about 2 hours to Grant Grove Village.

Lodging:
Sentinel Campground – 45-minute drive into the interior of the park from Grant Grove, but highly recommended location. Completely cut off from the outside world but all dining and supply amenities are available at the adjacent lodge. Site #75 is excellent.
Grant Grove Cabins We chose the “rustic cabin” option. These don’t have a bathroom, but the nearby ones are clean and nice. Walking distance to Grant Grove visitor center, market and amphitheater.

Favorites:

  • Zumwalt Meadow – Short 1.5-mile loop trail through a vibrant green meadow in the center of the valley. Can easily be combined with hikes to Roaring River Falls and Road’s End.
  • Lookout Peak hike – Difficult 12-mile out-and-back hike up 4,000 vertical feet to a lookout point via the historic Don Cecil Trail. Fantastic views into the deepest portion of Kings Canyon and the High Sierra peaks. Last portion to the summit is steep with some rock scrambling.
  • Grant Grove – Fascinating grove of giant sequoias, including the General Grant Tree and a tunnel tree. The adjacent North Grove Loop is more secluded.

Tips: Don’t just visit the easily-accessible Grant Grove area, take the time to drive to Cedar Grove and experience the true heart of the park.

Next time: Hike deeper into Kings Canyon along the Bubb’s Creek Trail. Backcountry hiking and camping.

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