Best Hiking Trails in Kings Canyon National Park


It's difficult to separate Kings Canyon National Park from its neighbor, Sequoia National Park, as both call the rugged southern Sierra Nevada Mountain range home, and are jointly managed by the National Park Service. Visit towering trees, canyons and cliffs in beautiful pristine wilderness.

Getting Started

Kings Canyon is close to some major metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles and San Francisco only a few hours away. Neighboring Sequoia National Park, Yosemite and Death Valley are well worth the extra drive.

With so many hiking options, it's hard to know where to start! Peruse our “popular hikes” section below, and choose your own adventure. The Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail are incredibly worthy, if you're up for a challenge. Check out places to go and things to do in both parks. Looking for somewhere to sleep? You'll have plenty of camping and lodging options, but try booking ahead, especially in the busy summer months or on weekends. Don't forget a visit to the visitor center, where the friendly rangers can give great advice.

Find winter conditions, weather reports, park conditions and more, here.

When to Go

July and August are summer prime-time, but the shoulder seasons will help you beat the crowds. Winter can be beautiful, but with unpredictable weather, so be prepared.


Like most national parks, fees are required. Check out this page for wilderness permits and head for the hills.

Dog Info

Dogs are only permitted in designated campgrounds, roads and picnic areas, and must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet in length at all times. Get details, here.

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