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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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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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May 21, 2012 - Kings Canyon (Day 4) - Visiting General Grant

(Ron Writing) We enjoyed another day of perfect weather here at Kings Canyon - Temperature in the high 60’s, no wind, only a few high thin clouds. This afternoon we took a short hike over to Grant Grove and then walked the trails through the grove to view the General Grant tree and many of his “lieutenants”. It’s a beautiful grove but just imagine what it could be like. What’s left of the giant sequoias in this area is just a very little patch of what was once a huge grove of these majestic trees. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s over...

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May 20, 2012 - Kings Canyon (Day 3) - Relaxing Day at Home

(Ron Writing) We spent a quiet day at home enjoying the beautiful weather and our beautiful surroundings. Most of the campsites emptied out again today as the weekenders left. We did take a walk over to the visitor center to look at the exhibits and did a quick walk through the gift shop. This afternoon we gathered up some firewood and had a nice campfire to enjoy and also used it to cook our dinner. Had roasted mixed veggies, chicken, and a version of s-mores for dessert. Ours had graham crackers, peanut butter, chocolate chips and mini...

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May 19, 2012 - Kings Canyon (Day 2) - Driving Tour

(Ron Writing) The weather was beautiful again today so we decided to get out and enjoy it. We drove about 35 miles east on Hwy 180 all the way to where it ends at Zumwalt Meadow. This is an extremely scenic drive – perhaps the most scenic drive one can take down into a canyon in the USA. From our campground at 6,500’ the highway first climbs to 7,000’ before starting a steep winding descent into the very rugged canyon of the south fork of the Kings River. There are long sections of the highway that are little more than a notch carved in the...

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May 18, 2012 - Kings Canyon NP - We Found Cool Weather

(Ron Writing) After breakfast we left Porterville heading north on CA-65, and then jogged west on CA-198 to Visalia where we stopped at Costco for gas. We continued north on CA-63 and then east on CA-180. Highway 180 climbs out of the valley up to Kings Canyon National Park. Just a couple miles past the entrance station is the visitor center at Grant Grove Village. We pulled into the Azalea Campground ($9/night, no hook-ups, senior rate) at Grant Grove. We’ve stayed here many times over the years and it’s become our favorite campground in...

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Aug 24, 2010 - Kings Canyon National Park

Guess I had better stop being lazy and fill you in like I promised a few days ago… We had a nice week in Fresno and was just starting to find our way around when it was time to leave but first; We had signed up to have someone come and wash our Big Sky after the thick layer of dust and sand we got on it at our last stop… We waited a couple of days longer then promised but the weather was so hot that we could understand why things were slowing down… I know we both slow down a lot in 100 degrees… Well they finally came and we decided that it...

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Billandhelen/2010

Jul 30, 2010 - On to Kings Canyon National Park

We were about 50 miles from Kings Canyon National Park and had an early start to see it all. This park is entirely different from Sequoia NP even though there are sequoia trees in the park. Most of the park is wilderness in the high Sierra with Mt. Whitney - the highest peak in the lower 48 states at over 14,000 feet. We drove to the end of the road in the park and saw wonderful open views of the granite canyons and swift running snow melt King River. Micheal had to feel the water so he did a little wading--see the photos. No bears today...

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