“on kings river!”
Of course it is Yosemite Valley that rules the Sierra when it comes to waterfalls, but Kings Canyon has some regal waterfalls of its own, like Roaring River Falls. Located just off Generals Highway in the Cedar Grove Area of Kings Canyon National Park, the short but violent waterfall can be reached on a paved 0.3-mile round trip hike. Roaring River Falls makes a quick, rewarding outing and a worthwhile stop for anyone driving into Kings Canyon.Hike south along a wide paved trail from a turnout along Generals Highway (Route 180), the only road into Kings Canyon. After an eighth of a mile, you will come to a junction in the wheelchair-friendly trail. River Trail ventures to the left, following the South Fork Kings River east up the canyon toward Zumwalt Meadow, Kanawyer Loop Trail, Bubbs Creek, and the backcountry of the Sierra. For this short hike, stay to the right on a trail to the base of Roaring River Falls, which reveals itself through the trees. Like nearby Grizzly Falls, Roaring River Falls tumbles down a tributary of the Kings River. The water pushes violently through a rocky gap and drops about twenty feet into a swirling blue pool before streaking down a river of white water to join the Kings River (the pool can turn an emerald green color under the late summer sun when the waterfall is less violent). Step to the right side of the overlook to get a better view of a second tier of Roaring River Falls that is just above the lower tier of the waterfall. Once you’ve felt the mist and heard the roar of Roaring River Falls, turn around and head back down the trail. On the hike back, you will have nice views of North Mountain and the jagged cliffs on the opposite side of Kings Canyon. The mountain towers over the treetops, rising over 3,500 feet above the canyon floor.
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