Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Scenic meadow. Canyon views. Family-friendly loop.

Cons

Seasonal access.

Trailhead Elevation

5,025.00 ft (1,531.62 m)

Net Elevation Gain

60.00 ft (18.29 m)

Features

Big vistas
Geologically significant

Location

Field Guide + Map

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