Aug 17

Top 10 Things to see or do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are located in the central part of California along the southern portion of the Sierra Nevada Range.  While packed with giant trees that will humble any person and filled with granite peaks including the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park see just a small percentage of people when compared to Yosemite National Park which is just 100 miles away.  Hopefully our list of the Top 10 Things to see or do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park will at least make you consider going to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and experience some the grandeur that is there giving you a life experience that will not be forgotten.

Top 10 Things to see or do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

10. Tokopah Falls: Sequoia

Tokopah Fallsvia
A short 3.4 mile round trip hike that gains roughly 600 feet in elevation is what it will take to go and see Tokopah Falls the tallest waterfall in Sequoia National Park. Tokopah Falls is not your typical free-falling waterfall instead it runs for over 1,200 feet as a series of cascades.

9. Crystal Cave: Sequoia

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Crystal Cave is one of many caves found in Sequoia National park.  It is an extra fee area of the park but it has some interesting stalactite and stalagmite formations.  The tour takes about an hour and make sure you bring your jacket because it remains below 50 degrees year round.

8. Mist Falls: Kings Canyon

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The Mist Falls Trail is a very popular four mile one way trail that travels along the South Fork of the Kings River to a 45-foot waterfall.  Like most waterfalls in the area they will be at their best in the spring and taper off as the year goes on.

7. Mineral King: Sequoia

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Mineral King is a scenic subalpine glacial valley that is worth the long curvy drive to get to.  This area provides good opportunities to see for miles, find good hiking trails, and see the Sierra Nevadas at their best.

6. Kings Canyon Scenic Byway

Roaming the Scenic Byway, Kings Canyon National Park, CAvia
King’s Canyon Scenic Byway runs for 50 miles as it winds its way through Kings Canyon National Park.  This byway takes you into the heart of Kings Canyon National Park and provides access to spectacular scenery and trails.

5. Grizzly Falls: King Canyon

Grizzly Falls, Kings Canyon National Parkvia
Grizzly Falls is a 75 foot waterfall that puts on quite a show in the springtime.  Grizzly Falls is an easy waterfall to visit which makes it a very popular destination.

4. Moro Rock: Sequoia

Moro Rock, Sequoia National Park, CAvia
Moro Rock is a large granite rock formation in Sequoia National Park that once climbed provides incredible views of the Great Western Divide and much of Sequoia National Park.  To get to the top to see the nice 360 degree vista view you only have to climb 300+ stone steps, but it is worth it.

3. Grant Grove: Kings Canyon

Fallen giant, Grant Grove, Kings Canyon National Parkvia
The awe-inspiring destination of Grant Grove is home to hundreds of giant sequoias that will surely leave you feeling a little humbler after your visit.  Grant Grove is home to the General Grant Tree which is the Nation’s Christmas Tree.

2. Zumwalt Meadow Kings Canyon

Zumwalt Meadow, Kings Canyonvia
Zumwalt Meadow is arguably the most scenic part of Kings Canyon National Park.  Along the banks of the Kings River and home to a variety of wildlife the Zumwalt Meadow will definitely make your Kings Canyon National Park visit one to remember.

1.       Giant Forest: Sequoia

Giant Forest, Sequoia National Parkvia
Giant Forest is what puts the sequoia in Sequoia National Park.  If you are looking for the really big trees this is the place to go.  Home to five of the ten most massive trees on the planet including the General Sherman tree which has a 36 and half foot base these trees will leave you utterly speechless.

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We hope you enjoyed our list of the top 10 things to see or do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Let us know what you think of our list, is there anything that you think we left off or if you disagree with our top 10 sound off by leaving a comment. Please check out all of our top ten lists by clicking here. Happy Travels!  For more information about Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park go to their website at http://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm

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  1. Neil

    In the way of camping, I highly recommend upper peppermint campground. A ranger told me about it and it was great! Secluded, undeveloped, beautiful. Can get cold though even in summer.

    1. Kenny and Karen

      Secluded and undeveloped sounds great!

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