About Roaring River Falls
Roaring River Falls is one of those rare waterfalls where it seems less is more.
We’ve seen this waterfall gush during the Spring on two occasions when its plunge pool was a frothing white mess, and the pool’s depth rose to such a degree that the falls’ reported height of 15ft seemed like an overestimate. Clearly under this condition, all that we were able to do was to gawk at the loud and powerful waterfall and be glad that we were nowhere near the torrent.
Then, we came here during the late Summer in 2004 when the falls was considerably less turbulent. In fact, the plunge pool was attractively clear and colorful, and the falls appeared to be taller given the lower plunge pool depth. The photograph you see at the top of this page was the waterfall in just this state!
The main walk to the falls was on a paved, wheelchair-accessible 1/4-mile path along the east side of the Roaring River. The walk ended at a lookout behind some of the rocks that would protect us from the fury of the Roaring River in high flow. In low flow, it looked like plenty of folks had no problems scrambling onto rocks or even getting a little wet in the river.
On the opposite side of the Roaring River, there was a less developed path that followed the west bank of the Roaring River. This path climbed a bit towards a separate overlook with a more distant and rockier view of Roaring River Falls. I believe this path was also 1/4-mile round trip.
You can find this waterfall in the Cedar Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park near the Hwy 180 Road’s End. It’s roughly 2 hours drive east of Fresno (which itself is about 3.5 hours drive north of Los Angeles). The car park is 3 miles past the Cedar Grove Campground just beyond the bridge over Roaring River on the right (about a stop before Zumwalt Meadow).
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