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Jun 8, 2018 - Kings Canyon National Park

We came over to Kings Canyon on June 6th, a couple of days ago. Not as well known as Sequoia, it has only about 600,000 visitors per year. Sequoia has about 1.2 million per year. It is definitely less crowded than Sequoia. We are able to hike without dodging people along the trail. Sequoia was America's second national park established in 1890. Only a week later, Kings Canyon was absorbed into General Grant National Park by the US Congress. This was done in order to protect the majestic trees that were being destroyed by logging. By the...

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Oct 22, 2016 - Converse Basin and North Groves

Saturday, October 22nd: Boole Tree Loop, Stump Meadow and North Grove Trails Weather: A warm, dry 47F morning with some wispy Cirrus clouds. The sunny afternoon felt hotter than 70F. Route: CA-180 --> a rough dirt road --> Boole Tree Trail --> Stump Meadow --> another dirt road --> Chicago Stump --> CA-180 --> Grant Grove parking area --> North Grove Loop Trail --> Azalea Campground - We wanted today to be a rest day, from hiking and driving and Saturday crowds. Perhaps the nearby Boole Tree Loop would be an encouraging look at how...

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Oct 21, 2016 - Redwood Mountain Grove Loop

Friday, October 21st: Redwood Mountain Grove Weather: A warm 47F morning under a clear blue sky, temperatures "soaring" to 68F by mid-afternoon Route: Azalea Campground --> CA-180 --> Generals Highway --> Redwood Canyon Road --> Hart Trail --> Sugar Bowl Trail --> Redwood Canyon Road --> Generals Highway --> CA-180 --> Grant Grove Public Showers --> Azalea Campground - We treated ourselves to Chai Tea with Coconut Cream to go with the delicious hot oatmeal and muesli porridge Hubby had ready by the time I was out of the tent. We were...

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Oct 20, 2016 - Panoramic Point

Thursday, October 20th: Panoramic Point and General Grant Grove Weather: 40sF in the morning but not as damp, warming to 73F by mid-afternoon under a clear sunny sky Route: Azalea Campground --> Grant Grove Visitor Center (temporarily housed in John Muir Lodge) --> Panoramic Road --> Park Ridge Trail (5.2 miles RT) --> Grant Grove --> Grant Grove Trail (.5 miles loop) --> Public Showers --> Azalea Campground - One of the hikes Hubby had targeted while we were camped in this area was the Park Ridge Trail. After our usual hot breakfast we...

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Oct 19, 2016 - Azalea Campground

Wednesday, October 19th: Kings Canyon, Grant Grove Village Area Weather: 40F shady morning, warming to the 70s near Fresno and through the Squaw Valley, ending in a brisk 50s after sunset at 18:15 and a clear night sky with lots of stars Route: Yosemite National Park --> CA-41 --> CA-180 --> Kings Canyon Highway --> Big Stump Entrance to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park - It was good we took showers last night because the Half Dome Village shower facility closed for the season this morning. We were all still a little stiff from...

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Oct 19, 2016 - Kings Canyon or Sequoia?

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks Which park are we in? Kings Canyon or Sequoia National Park? - These two national parks share much history and many attributes and are managed jointly. On the Generals Highway, visitors can cross freely from one park to the other with only a small sign to indicate they are in a different park. - Over the years each park has expanded to its combined 1353 square miles. 97% of the land is designated as wilderness. In fact, the two parks make up the largest contiguous expanse of wilderness in...

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May 28, 2015 - Kings Canyon & Sequoia NPs

Kings Canyon National Park is located in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of Fresno, California. The park was established in 1940 and covers 461,901 acres (721.720 sq mi). It incorporated General Grant National Park, established in 1890 to protect the General Grant Grove of giant sequoias. The park is north of and contiguous with Sequoia National Park; the two are administered by the National Park Service jointly as the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. With its deep valleys, skyscraping trees, and distinctive rock outcroppings,...

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Trip Journal


2015 RV Adventure

Nov 1, 2013 - Las Vegas to King's Canyon National Park

An uneventful but very long drive today. I left Las Vegas about 9:30am & got here just after 5:00pm. I’m staying at the John Muir Lodge which is just a few minutes from Judi’s daughter’s house. There was some problem with the reservation but they had plenty of rooms so everything turned out OK. I’m at about 6,500 ft, just a bit lower than Big Bear Lake which is 6,700 ft, & there’s still snow on the ground from the 5 inches they got earlier in the week so a totally different climate from Las Vegas. Apparently today was beautiful here &...

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Sep 25, 2013 - Kings Canyon National Park

Today we headed for King's Canyon National Park. We stopped first at the Grant Grove Village Visitor Center where we had our passport book stamped. Then we looked around the Visitor Center and Gift Shop. We took a look at the exhibits and watched a video about King's Canyon National Park. Yesterday we saw the enormous Sequoias in Sequoia National Park but we ran out of time so our next stop was back in Sequoia National Park. We wanted to see the area where the sequoias were forested. We pulled into the parking lot of the Big Stump Picnic...

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Apr 29, 2013 - King's Canyon National Park

Today we drove Hwy 180 from the campground to "Road's End"  where the wilderness trails begin--about 35 miles.  We would both have loved to strap on packs and head out into the wilderness, but we're just not up to sleeping on the ground any more, much less of carrying 35 pounds or so on our backs up steep mountain trails.  But it was fun to think about. The road through the canyon started out high above the King's River where the valley was wide and U-shaped from being cut by glaciers during the last ice age.  As we went down, down, down...

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Apr 13, 2013 - Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon was a challenge because it is too early to get to 95% of the park. It is a back country camping and hiking park in which to see it's best features you must drive deep into the park and then hike several days in. A small part of the park was assessable to us and we went to see what we could. The entrance to the park is above 5,000 ft and drive up was winding and exciting, with steep dropoffs as we climbed to the entrance. The park is the home to the second largest living tree, the "General Grant" sequoia. We drove as far as we...

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Aug 4, 2012 - Kings Canyon National Park

Today we are going to Kings Canyon National Park. The ranger from yesterday told us a different road to take so we didn’t have to drive all the way through Sequoia National Park to get there. The road was certainly less traveled but it sure was not any straighter or wider. It had a lot of 10 mph switchbacks and narrowed down to one lane in many places. We were on it for almost an hour before we saw another person. Most of Kings Canyon is inaccessible by road. In the two parks there are 842 miles of trails, many that traverse through the...

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