Waterfalls on Kings Canyon Highway

Sequoia National Forest / Cedar Grove, California, USA

About Waterfalls on Kings Canyon Highway

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

Waterfall Latitude: 36.81436
Waterfall Longitude: -118.88906

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

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.

Kings_Canyon_018_05272005 - One of the temporary waterfalls seen along the Kings Canyon Highway en route to Cedar Grove
One of the temporary waterfalls seen along the Kings Canyon Highway en route to Cedar Grove

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.


The waterfalls on Kings Canyon Highway are in Kings Canyon National Park. For information or inquiries about this area as well as current conditions, visit the NPS website.

Junction_Overlook_001_08272004 - View of Junction Overlook from the Kings Canyon Highway
Kings_Canyon_002_05272005 - The cascades on Ten Mile Creek
Kings_Canyon_010_05272005 - Following an RV along the Kings Highway
Kings_Canyon_017_05272005 - Contextual look at a cascade at a hairpin turn near the cliff-hugging part of Kings Highway
Kings_Canyon_029_05272005 - Partial view of a waterfall spilling towards one of the forks of the Kings River
Kings_Canyon_032_05272005 - Some cascades on one of the Kings River Forks deep in the canyon below
Cedar_Grove_018_08292004 - At a pullout within a blasted part of the Kings Highway
Cedar_Grove_014_08292004 - Cliff hugging part of the Kings Highway
Boyden_Cavern_009_08282004 - View of the Kings Highway from near the Boyden Cavern

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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