Share:

River Trail Hike, South Fork of the Kings River

Kings Canyon National Park

Southern Sierra, California

Start Exploring
River Trail Hike, South Fork of the Kings River

Share:

Advertisement
  • The suspension bridge provides access to the River Trail from near Zumwalt Meadow. - River Trail Hike, South Fork of the Kings River
  • The River Trail follows the South Fork of the Kings River.- River Trail Hike, South Fork of the Kings River
  • Remnants of blazes past along the River Trail in King Canyon National Park.- River Trail Hike, South Fork of the Kings River
  • Kings River.- River Trail Hike, South Fork of the Kings River
  • The River Trail.- River Trail Hike, South Fork of the Kings River
  • The River Trail.- River Trail Hike, South Fork of the Kings River
  • Looking toward the Roaring River Gorge where the River Trail ends.- River Trail Hike, South Fork of the Kings River
  • Roaring River Falls.- River Trail Hike, South Fork of the Kings River
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Scenic riverside trail. Waterfall.
Cons: 
Seasonal access.
Advertisement
Region:
Southern Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
175.00 ft (53.34 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.50 mi (5.63 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,025.00 ft (1,531.62 m)
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Hike Description

Hike Description

Team

Paralleling the South Fork of the Kings River between Zumwalt Meadow and Roaring River Falls, the River Trail offers a nice little tour through a quieter section of the Cedar Grove/Road’s End area. This lesser known trail sees fewer people than some of the other sites in the area, so it’s a good bet to find some solitude, at least until you get to either end. The trail meanders along the south bank of the river below the canyon walls that tower above on both sides as it makes its way through ponderosa pine forest. Signs of fire from past burning are evident through much of the forest. Hearty trees and new growth suggests the canyon floor here has stood through many fires before, and it likely hasn’t seen the last.

The River Trail can be picked up at either Roaring River Falls in the west or Zumwalt Meadow to the east. The trail drops in elevation just slightly from east to west. From the Zumwalt Meadow parking area, head west crossing the suspension bridge and then go right to stay on the River Trail (heading left takes you to Zumwalt Meadow). Alternately, from the Roaring River Falls parking area, head up the paved path toward the falls and head left at the River Trailhead sign.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide + Trail Map

Field Guide + Trail Map

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(19 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(57 within a 30 mile radius)

Advertisement
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
17 Members
Who's Done It
8 Members
Submission by
Team
319 Adventures Explored
311 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info