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It’s like Yosemite but without all the crowds. The limited road access makes this the least visited of all the Sierra parks. There is an overwhelming presence of truly being in the wild Read more...
It’s like Yosemite but without all the crowds. The limited road access makes this the least visited of all the Sierra parks. There is an overwhelming presence of truly being in the wild here.
Don’t take our word for it. After visiting in 1873, John Muir wrote: “In the vast Sierra wilderness far to the southward of the famous Yosemite Valley, there is a yet grander valley of the same kind.” He goes on to describe Kings Canyon: “The stupendous rocks of purplish gray granite that form the walls are from 2500 to 5000 feet in height, while the depth of the valley is considerably more than a mile.” Oh, and did we mention the trees? This park is home to the enormous Sequoia. This includes General Grant, the second largest tree in the world.
Most of the visitor facilities are located near Grant Grove, as it’s the only vehicular entrance to the park. In addition to huge trees, you’ll find a visitor center, cabins, and the John Muir Lodge. There are also three campgrounds for your car-camping pleasure.
To truly see this park, you’ll have to venture into the backcountry. The John Muir/Pacific Crest Trail runs the entire length of the park from north to south. There are also 800 miles of other trails to explore. Be prepared for a lot of elevation gain and strenuous hiking. The high country is covered by snow from November to May, so take advantage of that summer window!
The courageous can try their hand at whitewater kayaking. Anglers can fly-fish in one of the many sparkling waterways. There is also a mile-long cave system to discover.
Whatever you decide to do here, you can’t go wrong. Just do us a favor and keep it on the down low.