So by now you have already seen all my posts about Kings Canyon, breaking down each part into pieces and offering up specific details. And if you haven’t, you should, cause they’re awesome ;-). You know which trails to do and where to camp, but how do you put it all together?
Of course there are hundreds of ways to see Kings Canyon, and tons more to do than we saw on our trip there. So go wild and create your perfect itinerary! But if you need some inspiration, here is a sample itinerary of what I believe to be the best things to do in Kings Canyon, fit into an extended weekend trip.
This is how we did it:
- Arrive in the Grant Grove section of the park just after lunch.
- Check out the visitor center in Grant Grove to pick up maps, souvenirs, and ask the rangers any questions you may have. And definitely check out all the exhibits while you’re there.
- Visit the General Grant Tree and walk the loop trail.
- Hike the North Grove Loop.
- Head to wherever you are staying for the night and enjoy a relaxing evening.
- Get an early start and take the scenic drive to Cedar Grove.
- Along the way, make a pit stop at the Grant Grove general store for some coffee or hot chocolate to keep you company on that drive.
- Stop at Roaring River Falls and do the short hike to the waterfall.
- Continue driving to Zumwalt Meadow and do the loop hike.
- Stop for a picnic lunch wherever you find a good spot.
- Drive all the way to the end of the park boundary and hike the Mist Falls Trail.
- On the return trip from the falls, stop and swim in the river when you find a nice, calm spot (there are several excellent places for swimming along the hike to Mist Falls).
- Refreshed from your swim, return to your car and begin the drive back to Grant Grove.
- Stop at all the scenic overlooks on the drive back, including Grizzly Falls.
- Treat yourself to a nice dinner at the Grant Grove Restaurant.
- Have a leisurely morning at camp – there is no need to rush today. Maybe brew some camp coffee using the GSI percolator.
- Hike the Buena Vista Peak Trail.
- Check out any scenic overlooks in the Grant Grove area that you haven’t seen yet.
- Drive to Hume Lake in the Sequoia National Forest.
- Enjoy the rest of your day hanging out at the lake! Rent boats or mountain bikes, check out some of the hiking trails, dip your feet in the water, lay out and read a book…Taking time to just relax on vacations is important too!
- While you’re there, treat yourself to some ice cream!
- Return to your lodgings and have a chill night around the campfire.
- This is your last morning in Kings Canyon…make an awesome breakfast and take advantage of those last few hours in the campground.
- If you have any last things you wanted to see or do in Kings Canyon, now is the time.
- Pack up camp and return to civilization.
And there you have it- 4ish days of adventuring and relaxing. If you want more detailed descriptions of all the awesomeness in Kings Canyon, check out all my other posts! And if you want even more specifics, visit the official park website!
And as always, if you have any questions or want extra itinerary help, drop me a line! Info is on the Contact page.