West 2018 Day 10 – Kings Canyon

Tuesday 5/22/18

We planned to stay a couple nights in King’s Canyon with one day of hiking, so after making coffee and breakfast we went to register the site and hit up the visitor center and figure out what trails to hike.  Our first hike was to be a quick loop of Big Stump Trail.  We did the loop, and found some stumps, but we never found the one that looked like the pictures or that was labeled big stump (the pictures showed a staircase up it, so it should have been obvious).

Second stop was back near camp and the village – the General Grant Tree loop (it’s maybe a mile loop from the parking lot, and I think fully paved).  This is King’s Canyon’s competition to the General Sherman Tree and is second largest in volume, but largest by diameter if I recall.  There’s also a fallen tree around that’s hollowed out as a tunnel and makes up a portion of the path.

Third was driving down into Kings Canyon via the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway.  We were intending to do a hike at the end (some loop of the Copper Creek Trail) but it started lightly raining less than ¼ mile into the hike and we turned back.  It continued to rain for much of the afternoon, so not being on a 6 mile hike was probably good.  We drove back up the byway poking out at a few viewpoints.  There’s a good number of trails and hike-in campgrounds at the end of the drive, so it could definitely be an interesting one to revisit in the future with a bit more planning for overnights. Continue reading