"Kings Canyon National Park" Other National / State Parks Tip by chewy3326

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  Kings Canyon
by chewy3326

While the Grand Canyon may be more impressive, Kings Canyon has it's claim to fame for being North America's deepest canyon. At it's maximum depth it is over 8,000 feet deep. The park can be easily accessed by the Kings Canyon Road, which joins the Cedar Grove and Grant Grove sections of the park. The Grant Grove area has the General Grant Tree, the world's third largest organism and the Nation's Christmas Tree. A nearby road leads to Panoramic Point, where you can get a great view of the Sierra Nevada and Kings Canyon. From Grant Grove, the Kings Canyon Road descends into the canyon, with a sweeping vista at every turn. Before re-entering the park at Cedar Grove, the road passes Grizzly Falls, one of the best stops in the area, where you can see a very beautiful waterfall plunge 80-feet down a cliff. At Cedar Grove, you can drive to various viewpoints, hike to Roaring River Falls or Zumwalt Meadow, or get out a backpack and make the full day 13-mile hike to Paradise Valley. This part of the canyon, like Yosemite Valley, is carved out by glaciers.

Directions: Central California, in the Southern Sierra, east of Fresno and north of Sequoia National Park
Website: http://www.nps.gov/seki

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 13, 2006
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