Kings Canyon National Park, California

Kings Canyon National Park is located near Fresno, California. It was established as a National Park in 1940 on March 4th in part do to the fact that Harold Ickes, who was Secretary of the Interior at the time, hired photographer Ansel Adams to photograph the park. There are a couple section of the park. One section is the biggest natural collection of giant sequoias on the planet. This section is only about 10 of the area of the entire park. The other section of the park is made up of glacial canyons and forks of the Kings River and San Joaquin River. Camping and hiking are popular activities for vistors. The campgrounds in the park vary in elevation from around 2,000 feet to around 7,500 feet. The park is opened year round but July and August are the most popular times to visit and experience high volumes of people.

Kings Canyon National Park Info


Kings Canyon National Park

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Firefighters Respond to Structure Fire in Kings Canyon National Park

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. January 11, 2020 – Yesterday morning, January 10, 2020, structural firefighters responded to a fully engulfed non-residential multi-use building in the Grant Grove Village inside Kings Canyon National Park. The fire is extinguished and the cause is under investigation.

A Deceased Individual Located in the Area of Mt. Darwin in Kings Canyon National Park

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, California (November 7, 2019)–While conducting a ground search in the area along the route of Mt. Darwin, searchers located a deceased individual that matched the description of missing hiker Alan Stringer (40).

What to Know Before Visiting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Thanksgiving Weekend 2019

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. November 25, 2019 – A winter storm projected for this week means trip planning prior to visiting will be critical for a safe and enjoyable visit to Sequoia and Kings Canyon. The road between the parks is expected to close Tuesday, November 26 at 4 p.m. in preparation for the storm which could bring up to four feet of snow in the Giant Forest and Grant Grove areas. Tire chain restrictions will be in place, with longer waiting periods expected at entrance stations, and possible road closures due to snow accumulation. Visitors are encouraged to call 559-565-3341 (dial 1, then 1) for current road and weather conditions prior to driving up to the parks.

Kings Canyon National Park Photos

Land of Splendid Desolation

Tim Lawnicki posted a photo:

Land of Splendid Desolation

The broken country just north of Kings Canyon National Park, stark but scenic in its unique way. Quite a lot to take in!

Zumwalts Meadow; Kings Canyon National Park

2For66 posted a photo:

Zumwalts Meadow; Kings Canyon National Park

Zumwalts Meadow; Kings Canyon National Park; California

Pinchot Pass S Basin - John Muir Trail

Bruce Lemons posted a photo:

Pinchot Pass S Basin - John Muir Trail

Looking SE over the basin S of Pinchot Pass, with Crater Mountain on the right. California, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Kings Canyon National Park, Pinchot Pass. John Muir Trail Mile 163.

The day begins in style

speedcenter2001 posted a photo:

The day begins in style

Early arrival at the top. I almost beat the sun, aided by a rather tall mountain (Mt. Agassiz) blocking the sun.

Snow on Bishop Pass

speedcenter2001 posted a photo:

Snow on Bishop Pass

Late August 2019.

Origins of the Kings River

speedcenter2001 posted a photo:

Origins of the Kings River

Emerging from below the snow fields near Helen Lake, close to Muir Pass, the Kings River Middle Fork is fed by snow melting on the western slope of Black Giant. On its way to the Pacific Ocean, it'll be plunging down Le Conte Canyon and later into Kings Canyon, before exiting the Sierra foothills south of Fresno.

On the John Muir Trail near mile 128.5

4 frame panorama stitch

Morning below Mount Solomons

speedcenter2001 posted a photo:

Morning below Mount Solomons

The sun is warming peaks west of Muir Pass, as the shadows race down the slopes to vanish in the east. On the right in the distance the darker shape of Mount McGee, just behind the barely visible Wanda Lake.

On the John Muir Trail, mile 127.7

3 frame panorama stitch

The Dusy Basin skyline

speedcenter2001 posted a photo:

The Dusy Basin skyline

Quite the panorama at sunset, seen from a boulder I climbed near my campsite, about 15 minutes below Bishop Pass. Dusy Basin itself, the low part of the area, is out of sight, about right of center below the gray peaks in that area. Far left is Mount Agassiz reaching for sunlight, its summit just short of 14,000 feet.

Off the John Muir Trail near mile 135

Middle Fork Kings River Trail - Sierra

Bruce Lemons posted a photo:

Middle Fork Kings River Trail - Sierra

Looking S down the Middle Fork of the Kings River between LeConte Canyon and Simpson Meadow. California, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Kings Canyon National Park, Middle Fork of the Kings River. Off the John Muir Trail near Mile 140.

Sierra Monotones

A Camera Story posted a photo:

Sierra Monotones

The summer of 2015 was special for me in many ways; the foremost significance was doing one of my longest, and last, backpacks in the Sierra Nevada. I covered 55 miles over a week, hiking solo from one high alpine lake to another in a long circuit that traversed three mountain passes and cut through the famed Evolution and Dusy basin. It was an arduous trek, made even more challenging by the fact that I was all alone (most of the other hikers were PCT through hikers heading in the opposite direction.

Looking back at the photos I took made me realize what a stark contrast the rocky high-alpine climate of the Sierra Nevada was to the lush greenery of the Pacific Northwest. Rugged barren peaks with scant vegetation arose majestically from dark blue alpine lakes, with the moon a lonely dot in the heavily polarized sky. I hope these monotones capture the ethereal beauty of these craggy landscapes.

Kings Canyon National Park
CA USA

Sierra Monotones

A Camera Story posted a photo:

Sierra Monotones

The summer of 2015 was special for me in many ways; the foremost significance was doing one of my longest, and last, backpacks in the Sierra Nevada. I covered 55 miles over a week, hiking solo from one high alpine lake to another in a long circuit that traversed three mountain passes and cut through the famed Evolution and Dusy basin. It was an arduous trek, made even more challenging by the fact that I was all alone (most of the other hikers were PCT through hikers heading in the opposite direction.

Looking back at the photos I took made me realize what a stark contrast the rocky high-alpine climate of the Sierra Nevada was to the lush greenery of the Pacific Northwest. Rugged barren peaks with scant vegetation arose majestically from dark blue alpine lakes, with the moon a lonely dot in the heavily polarized sky. I hope these monotones capture the ethereal beauty of these craggy landscapes.

Kings Canyon National Park
CA USA

Sierra Monotones

A Camera Story posted a photo:

Sierra Monotones

The summer of 2015 was special for me in many ways; the foremost significance was doing one of my longest, and last, backpacks in the Sierra Nevada. I covered 55 miles over a week, hiking solo from one high alpine lake to another in a long circuit that traversed three mountain passes and cut through the famed Evolution and Dusy basin. It was an arduous trek, made even more challenging by the fact that I was all alone (most of the other hikers were PCT through hikers heading in the opposite direction.

Looking back at the photos I took made me realize what a stark contrast the rocky high-alpine climate of the Sierra Nevada was to the lush greenery of the Pacific Northwest. Rugged barren peaks with scant vegetation arose majestically from dark blue alpine lakes, with the moon a lonely dot in the heavily polarized sky. I hope these monotones capture the ethereal beauty of these craggy landscapes.

Kings Canyon National Park
CA USA

Sierra Monotones

A Camera Story posted a photo:

Sierra Monotones

The summer of 2015 was special for me in many ways; the foremost significance was doing one of my longest, and last, backpacks in the Sierra Nevada. I covered 55 miles over a week, hiking solo from one high alpine lake to another in a long circuit that traversed three mountain passes and cut through the famed Evolution and Dusy basin. It was an arduous trek, made even more challenging by the fact that I was all alone (most of the other hikers were PCT through hikers heading in the opposite direction.

Looking back at the photos I took made me realize what a stark contrast the rocky high-alpine climate of the Sierra Nevada was to the lush greenery of the Pacific Northwest. Rugged barren peaks with scant vegetation arose majestically from dark blue alpine lakes, with the moon a lonely dot in the heavily polarized sky. I hope these monotones capture the ethereal beauty of these craggy landscapes.

Kings Canyon National Park
CA USA

Kings River Confluence

j.flickinger posted a photo:

Kings River Confluence

The confluence of the Kings River just outside Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon

j.flickinger posted a photo:

Kings Canyon

A photo of the canyon wall in Kings Canyon.

Upper Evolution Lake - John Muir Trail

Bruce Lemons posted a photo:

Upper Evolution Lake - John Muir Trail

Looking SSE across upper Evolution Lake to Mt Spencer, Mt Warlow, and Mt Huxley left to right. California, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Kings Canyon National Park, Evolution Lake. John Muir Trail Mile 122.

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Ramin Hossaini posted a photo:

Sunset between Goddard and McGee

speedcenter2001 posted a photo:

Sunset between Goddard and McGee

Looking at the last rays of the sun as it sinks between 13,000 foot peaks in the heart of Kings Canyon National Park.

On the John Muir Trail, mile 127.7

Before the sun above Evolution Valley

speedcenter2001 posted a photo:

Before the sun above Evolution Valley

Dawn of another bluebird day in the High Sierra. the full moon is still up in the west, and my coffee water is already boiling. This was taken from inside the tent.

Off the John Muir Trail near mile 120

Big Baldy Ridge

rovingmagpie posted a photo:

Big Baldy Ridge

Another "Wait, I need a photo!" scene.
A really nice trail at a really nice time of the day.