Grizzly Falls

Sequoia National Forest / Cedar Grove, California, USA

About Grizzly Falls

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2002-04-27
Date last visited: 2005-05-27

Waterfall Latitude: 36.80557
Waterfall Longitude: -118.74461

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Grizzly Falls is probably the most attractive waterfall on a typical self-tour into the Cedar Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park.

Even though this waterfall is technically not in Kings Canyon (it belongs to Sequoia National Forest), it’s close enough to make us associate it with the national park.

Grizzly_Falls_010_05272005 - Grizzly Falls in high flow in the Spring
Grizzly Falls in high flow in the Spring

In any case, it drops rather dramatically some 75ft in close proximity to the Cedar Grove road.

We’ve seen this waterfall in differing states over the multiple times we’ve visited this waterfall so we can appreciate how much timing can affect the experience.

For example, when we showed up during the Spring of 2005 (a heavy snowpack year), the falls was blasting spray so hard that it was very difficult to even stand in front of the falls for a clean look at it without trees blocking the way.

Thus, photography under such conditions was quite a challenge.

Grizzly_Falls_004_08282004 - Looking up at Grizzly Falls in low flow in the Summer
Looking up at Grizzly Falls in low flow in the Summer

During the late Summer of 2004, the falls narrowed into a thin, singular drop exposing much of the bare rock wall that would normally support Grizzly Creek.

It was under this condition that we saw numerous people enjoying themselves in the plunge pool at the waterfall’s base.

Then, we also saw the waterfall in April 2002 when the weather was cold enough from a late Winter storm to constrict Grizzly Creek in such a way that the falls had moderate flow.

This was the ideal condition to stand before Grizzly Falls and take a full photo of it.

Grizzly_Falls_002_scanned_04272002 - Looking up at Grizzly Falls in average flow in the Spring when the Cedar Grove Road had just opened in April 2002
Looking up at Grizzly Falls in average flow in the Spring when the Cedar Grove Road had just opened in April 2002

Finally, we have to say that since this was such an easy waterfall to visit, that also made it very popular.

Thus, we realized that we couldn’t have the waterfall to ourselves for any appreciable length of time.

And since I’d imagine this would be a very short stop, you might also want to consider a visit to the nearby Boyden Cavern.


Grizzly Falls is in the Sequoia National Forest, but it’s also by Kings Canyon National Park near Pinehurst in Fresno County, California. It is administered by the USDA Forest Service. For information or inquiries about this area as well as current conditions, visit the Sequoia National Forest website or Facebook page. You can also look at the NPS website.

Kings_Canyon_015_05272005 - Driving the Kings Canyon Highway 180 towards Cedar Grove as the road follows a raging Kings River during our May 2005 visit
Grizzly_Falls_001_05272005 - Grizzly Falls seen from the parking area through trees during our May 2005 visit
Grizzly_Falls_007_05272005 - Trying to photograph Grizzly Falls in high flow from right in front of it in late May 2005, but mist was unavoidable
Grizzly_Falls_015_05272005 - My mom looking at an angled and partial view of Grizzly Falls to avoid the mist in late May 2005
Grizzly_Falls_002_08282004 - Approaching Grizzly Falls in late Summer flow in August 2004
Grizzly_Falls_010_08282004 - Some folks enjoying themselves by the plunge pool of Grizzly Falls in the late Summer of 2004
Grizzly_Falls_001_scanned_04272002 - Approaching Grizzly Falls in moderate flow in April 2002
Grizzly_Falls_003_scanned_04272002 - Grizzly Falls in moderate flow in April 2002
Grizzly_Falls_002_04272002 - Another look at Grizzly Falls in April 2002

Grizzly Falls is on the Sequoia National Forest stretch of the Kings Canyon Highway (Hwy 180) between the Grant Grove and Cedar Grove sections of Kings Canyon National Park (Hwy 180).

The parking area is barely 6 miles before the Cedar Grove entrance.

The parking area also seemed to accommodate quite a few cars with a few picnic tables to make it a decent picnic spot.

To provide a little context, the Grant Grove part of Sequoia National Park was under 90 minutes drive east of Fresno along the Hwy 180. It was about 2 hours drive from Three Rivers along the twisty Generals Highway (Hwy 198). Fresno is about 3.5 hours drive north of Los Angeles along a combination of the I-5 and Hwy 99.

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Is he naked? (Grizzly Falls) May 16, 2015 6:27 pm by Katherine Strassburg - More than thirty years ago my in-laws from Michigan visited us when we lived in Dinuba. We spent one day touring Kings Canyon and stopped for a picnic at Grizzly of our favorite places. We noticed three or four young men at the top of the falls waving to passers-by, so we waved back.… ...Read More
S.B. September 25, 2010 1:26 am by Scott Balko - I slipped and fell from Grizzly Falls 34 years ago. I have been a quadriplegic since. Please, use caution when visiting. Don't do something stupid. ...Read More

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