Kings Canyon National Park
Location: Fresno, CA
Length: 722 square miles
Features: water sports, climbing, canyoneering, campground, hiking
About the Kings Canyon National Park
This national park located in the counties of Fresno and Tulare in California was originally known as General Grant National Park until it’s expansion and renaming in 1940. It is north direction from Sequoia National Park. The total land area spans to around 460,000 acres, part of which is a designated wilderness.It’s main river system is the Kings River. The now King’s Canyon National Park has a rugged terrain consisting of 1,600 meter deep valleys covered with glacier. When hiking in the park, you will see views of tall mountain meadows, gigantic sequoia trees and multiple rivers. The mountain peaks can reach up to 14,000 feet elevation. The site is known as a protection area for the giant sequoias against logging.
Inside the park’s Grant Grove area, you can find General Grant – the world’s second largest tree and popular among visitors. Hiking the park’s back country or high mountains may take overnight. You can go around the full north to south length of the park by going through both the Pacific Crest and John Muir Trail route.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Snowy mountains
Prepare proper gear to hike the parks snowy mountains as it’s covered with glacier most of the year.
2) General Grant
Don’t forget to visit General Grant, the world’s second largest tree. It’s among other gigantic sequoia trees.
3) Winter ranger program
These are ranger-led activities that especially during the winter season including snowshoe walks and sequoia journeys