Kings Canyon National Park The land Of The Sequoia Tree
Kings Canyon National Park is somewhat of a hidden gem, due to it’s proximity to Yosemite National Park. With the giant Sequoia trees and huge canyons, it should be on anyone’s bucket list.
The weather at the park varies, depending on your elevation. When you arrive, you will travel steep highways that begin in the warm, sunny foothills. As you continue your travels upwards, you will notice a substantial change in temperature as you traverse the cool forests and sequoia groves.
Kings Canyon National Park features fourteen campgrounds. With three being open year-round. Most of the sites are first come, first-served, with six people allowed per standard site. Each campsite includes a picnic table, a fire pit with a grill, and a metal food-storage box.
Kings Canyon National park is a great destination for back country wilderness camping. All that is required is a wilderness permit. With over 800 miles of maintained trails that cover over 800,000 acres of wilderness. The wilderness hiking trails are based in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Kings Canyon National Park is an absolutely stunning rock climbing destination, with similar rock quality to Yosemite. Offering many difficulties of rock climbing, from easy to extremely challenging. The major perk being, no crowds and pressure of more famous rock climbing areas. Most climbs require a day hike in, so expect to spend at least a night back country camping. Some of the climbing routes include, Obelisk and Grand Sentinel. With another popular destination being Hume Lake District Chimney rock.
Kings Canyon National Park also offers skiing and snowshoe walks. The ranger guided walks are moderately strenuous and you should bring warm layered clothing, waterproof boots, water and snacks. Snowshoes are included in the guide. Cross-country skiing is available with sufficient snow. We recommend purchasing a Kings Canyon National park trail map online. Cross-country skis are available to rent at the Wukasachi Lodge.
Kings Canyon National Park also offers an underground marble cavern cave trail called Crystal Cave. With a half mile loop leading through the cave. Due to fragile formations, the only way to visit is on a guided tour.