There are 2 wonderful fall hikes in King's Canyon, this is one of them, the other one is Redwood Canyon, not too far from this hike.
The North Grove Loop is lightly traveled. We met only a couple of other hiking teams. Most people walk the Grant Grove trail of giant sequoias. They have no idea this little gem of a trail is near by, starting out in the same parking lot. You more likely than not will have it to yourself.
This 1 1/2 mile trail provides for close-up looks at the big trees and mixed conifers. The trail head is at the Grant Tree parking area, 1 mile northwest of the visitor center. Some elevation gain and loss, perhaps 300-400 feet. The hike is so worth the effort! Look at the photos and judge for yourself. This is a "must return to" trail!
We took this hike in October. The many bushes and small trees, and ferns, but most notably dogwoods, in this grove turned colors of red, yellow, pink, and brown. They provide a great contrast to the reddish brown bark of giant sequoias, and the darker bark of other conifers.
Entrance fee to King's Canyon-Sequoia National Park covers this trail.
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