Waterfalls on Kings Canyon Highway

Sequoia National Forest / near Cedar Grove / Fresno County, California, USA

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INTRODUCTION

The Kings Canyon Highway (Hwy 180) between Grant Grove and Cedar Grove passes through some rugged canyon scenery carved out mostly by the Kings River. There are waterfalls deep in the canyon as well as along the road, which we certainly noticed in the multiple times we've driven through here over the years. These waterfalls supplement the already beautiful scenery that accompanied us as wound our way through the twisty mountainous then cliff-hugging Kings Canyon Highway.

Among some of the falls we've noticed are the cascades on Ten Mile Creek, a nice vertical ephemeral waterfall near the Monarch Divide Pullout, and some surprise falls on the Kings River deep in the canyon. Clearly, an observant passenger would be necessary to spot such fleeting and ephemeral displays of falling water, because we'd imagine the driver would be too busy concentrating on the road.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Wildflowers blooming before the cascade on Ten Mile CreekWildflowers blooming before the cascade on Ten Mile Creek
Looking up at the Monarch Divide, which the Kings Canyon Highway cuts through at its baseLooking up at the Monarch Divide, which the Kings Canyon Highway cuts through at its base
On the Kings Canyon Highway towards Cedar Grove, we also stopped by Boyden Cavern, which was a nice little stop yielding not only a caving experience, but also views like thisOn the Kings Canyon Highway towards Cedar Grove, we also stopped by Boyden Cavern, which was a nice little stop yielding not only a caving experience, but also views like this
The Kings Canyon Highway was accessed from the Grant Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park, which also featured sequoia trees like this fallen log as well as the General Grant TreeThe Kings Canyon Highway was accessed from the Grant Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park, which also featured sequoia trees like this fallen log as well as the General Grant Tree
View of Junction Overlook from the Kings Canyon HighwayView of Junction Overlook from the Kings Canyon Highway

The cascades on Ten Mile CreekThe cascades on Ten Mile Creek

Following an RV along the Kings HighwayFollowing an RV along the Kings Highway

Contextual look at a cascade at a hairpin turn near the cliff-hugging part of Kings HighwayContextual look at a cascade at a hairpin turn near the cliff-hugging part of Kings Highway

Partial view of a waterfall spilling towards one of the forks of the Kings RiverPartial view of a waterfall spilling towards one of the forks of the Kings River

Some cascades on one of the Kings River Forks deep in the canyon belowSome cascades on one of the Kings River Forks deep in the canyon below

At a pullout within a blasted part of the Kings HighwayAt a pullout within a blasted part of the Kings Highway

Cliff hugging part of the Kings HighwayCliff hugging part of the Kings Highway

View of the Kings Highway from near the Boyden CavernView of the Kings Highway from near the Boyden Cavern


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The Kings Highway (Hwy 180) leaves north through Grant Grove and eventually ends up in the Cedar Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park. Most of the waterfalls shown on this page could be found in a short stretch of road near Monarch Divide.

For context, this stretch of the Kings Highway was between 90 minutes to 2 hours drive east of Fresno, which itself was about 3.5 hours drive north of Los Angeles.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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