Kings Canyon Scenic Byway

Area Status: Closed

Kings Canyon Scenic By-way is the only vehicle route into the Kings Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in North America. For fifty miles you will travel through many of the Southern Sierra life zones including oak chaparral, pine and fir forest, and several giant sequoia groves. You will then also experience the spectacular geology of Kings Canyon. The route begins at the Hume Lake Ranger Station, at 2000 feet in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada and climbs up to 6500 feet to Kings Canyon National Park (there is an entrance fee for the Park and the Forest). In the park you can stop at the visitor center and take a short hike to the General Grant tree, the second largest Giant Sequoia! The by-way then descends 2,700 feet to the wild and scenic Kings River. Stop at vantage point along the way such as Junction View, Marble Mountain View, and Grizzly Falls. The road ends just past Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park.

Round trip Drive time takes about 2-3 hours. 

The section of the byway just below the turn off to Hume Lake closes for the winter so plan your tour mid-May to mid-October.

Kings Canyon Scenic Byway map


At a Glance

Operational Hours: A portion of this road, Hume Lake turn off to Roads End is closed during the winter. Typically November - April. Actual dates vary due to weather conditons and is determined by the State Highway Department, CalTrans. 


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