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Kings Canyon National Park – California

Images of Kings Canyon National Park – in central California, taken in July 2013.

The massive mountains of the High Sierras yield to glacier cut towering granite cliffs in Kings Canyon National Park. At 8200 feet this is one of the deepest canyons in the United States but it is the view from within the canyon of the spectacular cliffs that amaze. To get to the canyon portion of the park (there is also a Sequoia Grove area that is adjacent to Sequoia National Park) you must travel the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway. This route traces along the South Fork Kings River and also provides spectacular canyon views. During my entire trip this was the only area where I ran into anything but clear weather, however, the intermittent light rain didn’t slow me down as I took in the sights and hiked the Zumwalt Meadow Trail.
North Dome (8717 feet) from the Zumwalt Meadow Trail in Kings Canyon National Park
North Dome (8717 feet) from the Zumwalt Meadow Trail in Kings Canyon National Park
View across Zumwalt Meadow in Kings Canyon National Park
View across Zumwalt Meadow in Kings Canyon National Park
Towering granite wall as viewed from the Zumwalt Meadow Trail in Kings Canyon National Park
Towering granite wall as viewed from the Zumwalt Meadow Trail in Kings Canyon National Park
View from the Zumwalt Meadow Trail in Kings Canyon National Park
View from the Zumwalt Meadow Trail in Kings Canyon National Park
Zumwalt Meadow in Kings Canyon National Park
Zumwalt Meadow in Kings Canyon National Park
View across Zumwalt Meadow in Kings Canyon National Park
View across Zumwalt Meadow in Kings Canyon National Park
Rocky cliffs along the Zumwalt Meadow Trail in Kings Canyon National Park
Rocky cliffs along the Zumwalt Meadow Trail in Kings Canyon National Park
North Dome from the Zumwalt Meadow Trail in Kings Canyon National Park
North Dome from the Zumwalt Meadow Trail in Kings Canyon National Park
Grand Sentinel from the Zumwalt Meadow Trail in Kings Canyon National Park
Grand Sentinel from the Zumwalt Meadow Trail in Kings Canyon National Park
The Canyon View along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway in Kings Canyon National Park
The Canyon View along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway in Kings Canyon National Park
Rain falls along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
Rain falls along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
Dark clouds and rain along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
Dark clouds and rain along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
The 2,000-foot high walls of the Kings Gate along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
The 2,000-foot high walls of the Kings Gate along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
Massive granite peaks along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
Massive granite peaks along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
Granite Dome in Kings Canyon National Park
Granite Dome in Kings Canyon National Park
The Grand Sentinel (8518 feet) in Kings Canyon National Park
The Grand Sentinel (8518 feet) in Kings Canyon National Park
The Grand Sentinel towers over the roadway in Kings Canyon National Park
The Grand Sentinel towers over the roadway in Kings Canyon National Park
The towering granite cliffs in Kings Canyon National Park
The towering granite cliffs in Kings Canyon National Park
Sheer granite rock walls in Kings Canyon National Park
Sheer granite rock walls in Kings Canyon National Park
North Dome in Kings Canyon National Park
North Dome in Kings Canyon National Park
Granite outcropping along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
Granite outcropping along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
The morning sun strikes the Kings Gate along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
The morning sun strikes the Kings Gate along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
The Kings Gate in Kings River Canyon along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
The Kings Gate in Kings River Canyon along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
The Kings Gate along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
The Kings Gate along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
The Kings River Canyon from the Junction View along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
The Kings River Canyon from the Junction View along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
Roaring River Falls in Kings Canyon National Park
Roaring River Falls in Kings Canyon National Park
Massive granite walls tower over the byway in Kings Canyon National Park
Massive granite walls tower over the byway in Kings Canyon National Park
Granite outcropping along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
Granite outcropping along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
The Kings River Canyon from the Junction View along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
The Kings River Canyon from the Junction View along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
Grizzly Falls along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
Grizzly Falls along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
Towering cliffs along the road in Kings Canyon National Park
Towering cliffs along the road in Kings Canyon National Park
The view from the byway in Kings Canyon National Park
The view from the byway in Kings Canyon National Park
The General Grant Tree (aka America’s Christmas Tree) in Kings Canyon National Park
The General Grant Tree (aka America’s Christmas Tree) in Kings Canyon National Park
View of Hume Lake and Kings Canyon from Panoramic Point in Kings Canyon National Park
View of Hume Lake and Kings Canyon from Panoramic Point in Kings Canyon National Park
Sunset view from Panoramic Point in Kings Canyon National Park
Sunset view from Panoramic Point in Kings Canyon National Park