|General Grant Tree|
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
World’s second largest sequoia tree
Standing more than 26 stories tall and with a circumference a third of a football field in size, the General Grant tree is the world’s second largest sequoia. You can see it on the General Grant Tree Trail, a 0.8-miles loop that passes through a fallen monarch in a sequoia grove.
At 8,200-feet deep, Kings Canyon is the nation’s deepest river-cut canyon. The out-and-back 0.5-mile Panoramic Point Trail leads to an impressive overlook of the lush canyon.
Kings Canyon boasts several cave systems, one of which is Boyden Cavern. This cave can be accessed in the adjacent Giant Sequoia National Monument, west of the national park. A licensed guide company gives 45-minute tours from May to mid-November.
Roaring River Falls
The paved out-and-back 0.3-miles (one-way) Roaring River Falls Trail reaches a thundering little waterfall on a tributary of the Kings River. Though diminutive, you’ll be impressed by the violence of the falls in spring and the emerald pool below it as the flow softens in late summer.
Learn more about national park day hiking trails in my Best Sights to See at America’s National Parks guidebook.