Kings Canyon National Park is located adjacent to and north of Sequoia National Park and is a huge park with very limited access. Set in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this is a rugged park with one paved road access from the west reaching about 8 miles into the park. The rest of the park is a backpacker’s paradise and is home of Mt. Whitney, highest peak in California at 14,494 feet.
The Sierra Nevadas are so rugged that no road crosses these mountains for a 150 mile stretch. The roads through the mountains north of the Parks go over passes of over 8,700 feet. It is hard to imagine the settlers of old attempting a crossing with wagons.
The South Fork of the King River is one beautiful element of the Park. A 2015 fire scorched thousands of acres.
A John Muir quote: “All the wide world is beautiful, and it matters not where we go. The spot we chance to be always seems the best.”
Henry Lowndes Jr.