"This 1.5 mile trail passes high granite walls, lush meadows and the Kings River. Trailhead parking is 4 1/2 miles east of Cedar Grove Village Road. Purchase a trail guide at the visitor center [or the trail head for $1.50]. Allow 1-2 hours." from Sequoia and Kings Canyon newsletter.
This hike has it all- forests, meadows framed by towering canyon walls, rocks to climb on, wildlife, and a river to cool off in. The hike has very little elevation change and is a little over a mile in length, making it a perfect hike for kids. This was my family's favorite hike in Kings Canyon.
We thought this was the perfect hike to take our kids on this summer when we were camping in Kings Canyon National Park (in Cedar Grove). It was! It was 1.5 miles and pretty much level with the exception of some rocky spots to climb up and down. Our 9 and 7 year olds loved scrambling over rocks and finding big rocks to climb up on. Our 3 year old trudged along and didn't complain once as he found some rock pile caves and smaller rocks to scramble on. Our 1 year old was content in the backpack carrier. I think just Daddy had it difficult as he carried her for 2 hours!
Some of the highlights for our kids (besides the rocks to climb on) were crossing the large suspension bridge over the Kings River, finding evidences of bugs and mushrooms, and spotting a mamma bear and her bear cub (from way off far). I loved seeing the wind wave the rushes of the meadows and listening to the rushing river flowing past as we walked the trail.
I was glad I spent the $1.50 for the trail guide as it helped us identify trees, rock formations on the canyon walls and history of the area. There are 18 sign posts on the trail and the guide corresponds to each number and there is a paragraph or two to read for each area.
Strollers and wheelchairs can be used to cross the bridge and traverse the boardwalk to the left at the trail T. But no stroller can make it all around the loop of the meadow because of the rocky and narrow path on the south side of the meadow. A baby backpack is needed for this trail.