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Kings Canyon Visitor Center
(Grant Grove, on Highway 180)

Cedar Grove Visitor Center
(summers only, end of Hwy 180)

Nearby towns with lodging:

Grant Grove
Kings Canyon
Mineral King
Sequoia NP
Three Rivers

Kings Canyon Backpacking

  • fire permits are required
  • permits are required for overnight backcountry camping
  • check with the correct ranger district for all back country camping restrictions

Trailhead parking spots located at:
Moraine Campground [with Copper Creek trailhead nearby]

WILDERNESS INFORMATION - Wilderness Trip Planner

Kings Canyon Campgrounds

Most campgrounds in Kings Canyon National Park are fairly large, with fees, paved roads and require advanced reservations in the summertime.

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Canyon View Group Sites 4600' 37 - flush piped NPS June - Sept
Moraine Campground 4600' 120 - flush piped NPS May-Oct
Sentinel Campground 4600' 82 - flush piped NPS May-Oct

California atlas Sierra Maps Sequoia Maps Jennie Lakes Map Monarch Wilderness Kings Canyon Wilderness

Primitive Camping

No dispersed car camping allowed inside the National Park boundary. The best, free, primitive camping option is on National Forest roads (accessible my most passenger cars).

Get a good map and try Big Meadow Road #14S11, off Sequoia Highway 198. This section of Sequoia National Forest is located in between both National Parks (Kings Canyon & Sequoia). The National Forest is now considered the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

A very rough dirt road (Road #12S01) leads from Kings Hwy 180, down to the lower King River, where there are numerous small campgrounds and primitive camping options on both sides of the river. This road requires high clearance, and possibly 4WD during wet/snowy weather.

Developed Campsite @ Kings River Recreation Area

Kings Canyon Hiking

Grizzly Falls & Roaring River Falls

From Fresno take Hwy. 180, approximately 50 miles east to the Big Stump Entrance Station. Take 180 to the left (north). Passing thru a few Sequoia groves, continue until you enter King Canyon NP. The South Branch of King River will be visible.

Grizzly Falls will be on your left & marked with a parking area.
Continue on Hwy. 180 about 7 more miles to the parking area for Roaring River Falls with a short, well-maintained trail to falls.

Lakes & Rivers Kings Canyon

  • Hume Lake
  • Pine Flat Reservoir
  • Kings River
  • Blackrock Reservoir
  • Rae Lakes @ Kearsarge Pass

    Alpine Lake

  • Roaring Falls

    Kings Canyon Hiking

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