South Fork (Paradise)
ElevationAscent: 2,128' 649 m
Descent: -239' -73 m
High: 6,933' 2,113 m
Low: 5,042' 1,537 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“A demanding but rewarding hike up the South Fork Kings River with stunning views of Kings Canyon National Park”— Tilman Giese
The next mile is probably the steepest on the entire trail. Turn around occasionally for a break and a rewarding view down the valley. At roughly 6 miles - as you reach Paradise Valley - the trail becomes much flatter again. There are a few marked camp sites right as you enter the valley. The way through Paradise Valley is pleasantly green with meadows and wildflowers and access to the river in a number of places. As you leave Paradise Valley at about 8.5 miles, the trail get steeper again. You reach the confluence of Woods Creek and the South Fork Kings River at 10 miles. There are plenty of camp sites not too far from the river.
The bridge across the South Fork Kings River washed out during the winter of 2016/17. Construction of a replacement bridge is not scheduled before 2020.
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Land Manager: NPS - Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park