Zumwalt Meadow Loop

Kings Canyon National Park

Southern Sierra, California

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Zumwalt Meadow Loop


  • Zumwalt Meadow in Kings Canyon National Park.- Zumwalt Meadow Loop
  • The trail to the meadow crosses this suspension bridge.  - Zumwalt Meadow Loop
  • The South Fork of the King's River flows along the meadow's edge.- Zumwalt Meadow Loop
  • North Dome (8,717') towers above Zumwat Meadow.- Zumwalt Meadow Loop
  • Boardwalks line sensitive portions of the meadow to limit visitor impacts to the area.- Zumwalt Meadow Loop
  • A meditative setting.- Zumwalt Meadow Loop
  • Phenomenal Kings Canyon views.- Zumwalt Meadow Loop
  • Zumwalt Meadow Loop.- Zumwalt Meadow Loop
  • Zumwlat Meadow.- Zumwalt Meadow Loop
  • Zumwalt Meadow Loop.- Zumwalt Meadow Loop
  • An elevated view of Zumwalt Meadow.- Zumwalt Meadow Loop
  • South Fork of the King's River.- Zumwalt Meadow Loop
  • Zumwalt Meadow Trailhead.- Zumwalt Meadow Loop
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Scenic meadow. Canyon views. Family-friendly loop.
Seasonal access.
Southern Sierra, CA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
60.00 ft (18.29 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,025.00 ft (1,531.62 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Circling one of the most beautiful meadows in the Sierra frontcountry, the Zumwalt Meadow Loop packs in quite a bit of scenery for a short family-friendly trail. Nestled between North Dome and the Grand Sentinel, two of Kings Canyon’s most impressive granite formations, verdant Zumwalt Meadow is a picturesque and open oasis on a canyon floor that is mostly covered by incense cedar and pine forest.

From the parking area/Highway 180, head west for Zumwalt Meadow, crossing the wooden suspension bridge. Once across the Kings River, head left/east to link up with the loop trail. Choose either the clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. The trail on the meadow’s northern edge follows level terrain and boardwalks to minimize impact on the sensitive meadow ecosystem. There is also a pleasant overlook with benches. The portion of the loop on the south side of the meadow becomes slightly more rugged, but only for a short climb. The trail gains roughly 60 feet of elevation as it passes granite boulders, offering sweeping vistas of the meadow below North Dome.

Zumwalt Meadow is located approximately 1 mile west of Road’s End. The meadow can be linked with the River Trail and taken as a one way between Road’s End and Roaring River Falls for a longer outing.

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