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    Zumwalt Meadow and Kanawyers Trail Loop


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    The Zumwalt Meadow and Kanawyers Trail Loop is a lovely nature trail amid lush greenery and colorful conifers on the Kings Canyon valley floor. Explore the diversity of flora and fauna and revel in the grandeur of the looming granite summits.

    Route Description for Zumwalt Meadow and Kanawyers Trail Loop

    Those seeking an easy-going nature walk in the Kings Canyon National Park will enjoy this lovely route. Wander through the luxuriant meadowlands bound by towering granite monoliths before escaping into the colorful woodlands. Though this route is open year-round, we encourage you to head out in the fall when the foliage is vibrant, and the crowds have thinned. Note entrance to the park costs $35USD per vehicle or $20USD per person for pedestrians or cyclists.

    Setting out from the trailhead, the Zumwalt Meadow and Kanawyers Trail Loop follows the Zumwalt Meadows to Roaring River Falls Trail south. Soon after your departure, you will cross over the South Fork of the Kings River before reaching an intersection and veer right onto the Zumwalt Meadow Loop Trail. Follow his route along the border of the meadow to the next junction. Here, turn right and merge onto the Kanawyers Loop Trail. At the end of the path, turn left onto the Bubbs Creek Trail, then left onto the Paradise Valley Trail.

    Marvel at the sights of the dramatic granite peaks, then merge onto the River Trail before reconnecting onto the rightmost segment of the Zumwalt Meadows Loop Trail. When you ultimately reach the Roaring River Falls to Zumwalt Meadow Trail, retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Zumwalt Meadow and Kanawyers Trail Loop Trailhead

    Access this hike via Zumwalt Meadows to Roaring River Falls Trailhead off the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway.

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