Kings River Trail

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6.1 km
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98 m
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The Kings River Trail is a stunning adventure in the Sierra National Forest that the whole family can enjoy. Wander through the river valley meadows along the rushing waters of Kings River, whilst marveling in the views of the bounding Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Route Description for Kings River Trail

The Kings River Trail is an excellent, easy-going hike in the Sierra National Forest that boasts incredible views. Wander the river valley through meadowlands and mixed forestlands along the rushing waters of Kings River. Much of this path is exposed, so make sure you dress accordingly, wearing sun protection in the summer months! Don’t forget to charge your camera; the stunning scenery warrants countless photo ops.

Setting out from the trailhead, the Kings River Trail heads east, crossing over several snowmelt streams. As you hike further into the wilderness, the path will medley undulate as you weave between brush and grassy meadowlands. Let the sounds of the gurgling waters lull you into a state of relaxation as you hike, and let the breathtaking views overwhelm you. The beauty along this route is truly unparalleled. You will notice Converse Peak and Yucca Point in the southeast and Spanish Mountain in the northeast.

The beauty of this out and back route is that you can customize it to your liking. We hiked just past the first island that split the river, but you can venture further if you have the gas left in the tank. Then, when you are ready to head back, simply retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Kings River Trail Trailhead

The Kings River Trail is accessed via the trailhead at the end of the Garnet Dike Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


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  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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