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    Mist Falls

    Three Rivers, California

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    Firestone Park, CA
    Trailblazer | 959 pts
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    8/8/2018
    I'm loving my time in King's Canyon and this is just one more reason why. The mist from the falls is so refreshing. It is absolutely beautiful and while the smoke from wildfires unfortunately hang overhead it is still possible to enjoy the incredible beauty of this place. The trail is smooth sailing through trees for the first bit, only starts to become more challenging as you get closer to the falls and beyond. It is totally worth it to keep going past the falls into Paradise Valley.
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    Cotati, CA
    Ranger | 2512 pts
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    7/5/2018
    This hike is about water. It begins beside the South Fork of the Kings River. As hikers proceed up a glacier carved canyon, the River increasingly cascades over granite boulders. Towering rock sentinels line the Canyon walls. In places an evergreen forest provides shade. Other sections of the trail cross open granite slabs. Downslope breezes blow cooling mists from the Falls as trekkers approach the hike’s destination.

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    Explorer | 31 pts
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    6/10/2017
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    San Diego, CA
    Adventurer | 265 pts
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    6/18/2010
    This was by far the most beautiful trail of our trip. There were quite a few people, but the views and the lush surroundings were breathtaking.
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    Salem, OR
    Adventurer | 404 pts
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    5/16/2008
    Although Mist Falls is the destination, this gets 5 stars for views of the raging river, vistas of snow-capped peaks, picturesque canyon walls and a truly beautiful trail. Don't let the start of the trail fool you ... it's a bit of a slog walking on crushed granite. The trail turns to packed earth, forested, with wonderful close-up river views. Walking across a granite apron, look back at snowy peaks. On this Friday hike, going in we encountered only a (large) group of teen backpackers from San Francisco and two German fellows, although we met 20 people on our way out. A hiker said he saw a rattlesnake by the trail near the falls, and a notice posted at the falls says a hiker was bitten in Sept. 2007 by a black bear. By the way, for Sequoia-Kings Canyon we really enjoyed the Mike White hiking books, which have useful narrative, good maps and a grid showing what trails are hikeable during which months.
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    Long Beach, CA
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    6/28/2005
    The beginning of the trail has been ravaged by diseased trees, and a controlled burn gave this initial section a depressing pall. Matters soon improve as you approach the Bailey bridge at two miles. Wonderful views of the junction of King River and Bubbs Creek. The trail splits here to the left, cross a rise, and drops to follow the beautiful South Fork Kings River. At about 3 miles the trail climbs, passing smaller falls until reaching signed Mist Falls. Some people on a Saturday afternoon, but not overrun. Rested on a Granite slab half-way up the falls. A good, moderately difficult day hike.
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    Fresno, CA
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    7/13/2001
    Mist is an excellent trail run. Never crowded and very slight elevation gain it is a great place to run or just stroll through the woods for some quiet time.....
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    Trail Information

    Three Rivers
    Nearby City
    8-8.8 miles
    Distance
    820 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Several options
    Trail Type
    Moderate
    Skill Level
    4 hours
    Duration
    Spring, summer, fall; best in late spring and early summer when the waterfall is at its fullest
    Season
    Waterfalls
    Features
    47050 Generals Highway, Three Rivers 93271 (559) 565-3341 www.nps.gov/seki
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