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“Scenic Easy Drive” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
559 565 3341
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Type: Canyons, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: Kings Canyon National Park is named for this large canyon, perfect for hiking.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
San Jose, California
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“Scenic Easy Drive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

The drive from Grant's Grove Village to road's end in King's Canyon NP is mostly easy driving. There is a curves-filled portion early in the drive after the Princess Campground. There are numerous Viewpoints along the road for photo opportunities. I stopped at Boyden's Cave and purchased the tour, which was a bit underwhelming. I believe it is a private concession vendor and not run by the NP or NFS.

The Cedar Grove Visitor Center will be along the left further down Hwy 180. The bridge was under repair in August 2013 and you cannot reach the store or lodge from Hwy 180. After passing several campgrounds, there is a waterfall on the right reached by a 0.3 mile stroll. It's not a hike rather just a short walk. Stop at Zumwalt's Meadow and hike around the Meadow. Pack a lunch, since eating along the trail in a quiet forest was wonderful. The hikes at Road's End will be longer, since I could not find any short trails here. Many were playing in the river, and jumping off Muir's Rock (sic). Backpacker food storage lockers are here near the parking area on the north side. Bring water.

Visited August 2013
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Concord, CA
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“It's impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The drive down into the canyon and along the river is worth doing. Drive slow and careful as the roads are very twisty and there can be a lot of debris (rocks, etc) on the road. But the views are fantastic and the granite canyon is impressive. The river at the bottom is worth checking out. There's also a cave that does public tours- Boyden Cavern. Spend some time in the slow safe parts of the river (close to roads end) and also do the Roaring Falls walk (it's short, less than 5 minutes). The waterfull is beautiful (but do stay out of the water, people die there from falling in!). The river in the summer isn't too cold to enjoy, my kids had fun swimming for over an hour.

Visited August 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Awesome Trip with Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Kings Canyon ans Sequoia National Parks are an Ideal place to visit , have been going there since 1980's. Walking along the Giant Sequoias , going in the Boyden and Crystal Caves, Riding Horses , Grant Grove has Two Campgrounds besides it Sunset and Azalea. So many things to see and do you at least a week to stay and explore the two Parks. I extremely recomend it the children will love it.

Visited June 2013
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chicago area
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“Majestic & awe inspiring”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Often traveled to Yosemite; 1st time in Sequoia & Kings Canyon. We'd go back in a heart beat. not nearly as crowded but views just as spectacular. Well worth the extra miles.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful scenery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

A very nice drive down to Hume Lake give wonderful views across the canyon - beware of wildlife on the roads

Visited September 2013
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