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THE ROAD'S END IN KINGS CANYON
Kings Canyon National Park, CA
(559) 565-3341
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Temporarily Closed
It really is what it sounds like! Reach the end of this road in the beautiful Kings Canyon for a look at one of the deepest canyons in the US. It is also the jumping-off point for many of the National Park's most famous and beautiful backcountry trails.
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  • Temporarily Closed

Follow along the south fork of the King's River down into one of the deepest canyons in north America, Kings Canyon. Highway 180 is the only route into the canyon, which appropriately terminates at the Road's End and takes visitors deep into the park. It has been compared to Yosemite Valley, the next national park north along the Sierra Nevada mountains but King's Canyon has more forest then meadow on the valley floor. With campgrounds, hiking trails and river access, Road's End is a less congested destination that let's you explore this amazing national park.

Road's End is the jumping off point for many of the high Sierra hiking trails including the Rae Loop trail. But you can also find the easy trail around Zumwalk Meadow or the River Trail. 

Here are other hikes you might enjoy.

All along the canyon floor are trails for all levels of hikers. As this is also the stepping off point for the back country and trails like the John Muir and Pacific Crest trails, some hikes might be for more adventurous and experienced hikers. 

If you are looking for easier hikes, here are a few suggestions:

Road's End to the Bailey Bridge 
This is about 4 miles of relatively easy hiking but can be quite warm with direct sun exposure.

Zumwalt Meadow Trail 
Follow along this trail that passes meadows, high granite walls, and crosses over the Kings River on an expansion bridge on this short hike.

Roaring River Falls 
This is a very short walk on a paved path to the powerful waterfall that gushes from a granite chute. (relatively accessible)

Mist Falls
This is a bit more challenging. This sandy trail follows the glaciated South Fork Canyon through forest and chaparral and leads to one of the largest waterfalls in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. The trails starts out relatively flat but as you near the falls, the trail gains 600'. The 8 mile round-trip hike will take about 4-5 hours and starts at the trailhead just past the Road's End Permit Station.

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