The park stretches over 800 miles of marked trails and offers views of the Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley. Attractions ... More
King's Canyon National Park
The park stretches over 800 miles of marked trails and offers views of the Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley. Attractions in the park include Kings River and Cedar Grove Village, which features a variety of bird life. Vehicles are restricted a few miles past the village but many hiking trails are available.
I absolutely love this place. Everytime we go we do it a week or 2 before Memorial weekend and we always stay at Lodgepole campgrounds. We do our hiking, sightseeing, check out the bears, marmotts, the rivers are flowing from melting snow and I go there pretty much every year. I will continue to go there until I depart this earth. I have also been going there since 1996 & still enchants me.
Pictures don't do these awesome trees justice. When approaching the forest your first view is of the 4 giant Sequoias looming in a straight line across the road.(there are 5, but one is further off the road). The rubbernecking begins. lol. But I swear, if you don't get goose bumps when you see these magnificent trees then there is something wrong with you. Personally, I think the General Grant tree is more awesome than the Sherman and there are many others off the beaten path that are spectacular too. God's trees for sure.
If you've been interested in Sequoia/Kings you've probably run across the 'highlights.' And in those there may be a brief mention of "Mineral Springs," ...or not.
If your content to view the majesty of the Sierras from a turnout or short trail, the Park offers countless opportunities. But if your looking for the kind of immersion that can only come from miles on the trail, typically between 8K and 10K feet, then Mineral King won't disappoint.
Sequioa is great but King's Canyon is worth the 3 1/2 hr. drive from the main entrance. Great for the waterfall lover. Must see Grizzly Falls. The hiking trails were great (especially Sherman Tree). The Canyon is also great for sightseeing and camping.
There's no place like it! The Canyon and the Sequoia trees are a fabulous experience. It's very hot there in August even though you are at high elevation. The canyon itself has many breath taking vistas.