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Jul 28 2018
emilystardust
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38 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Mist Falls - South Fork Kings RiverSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2018
emilystardust
Hiking8.80 Miles 720 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles
720 ft AEG
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This was my first trip to this area. Beautiful, pretty easy 8 miles to the falls. Would love to come back and explore the area more, particularly some of the backcountry camping/backpacking that begin at the same trailhead.
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May 25 2009
Chriskup
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55 male
 Joined Dec 26 2003
 Mesa, AZ
Mist Falls - South Fork Kings RiverSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar May 25 2009
Chriskup
Hiking9.20 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles
800 ft AEG
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After booking a flight back to Fresno weeks previous for work and forgetting about the holiday, decided to make lemonade out of lemons. Sequoia National Park is a short drive from the airport in Fresno and I wanted to check out the area anyway, so after I landed at noon and checked into the hotel - I headed east to the Park. I was soon paying my $20 entry fee and heading to the nearest grove of monster Sequoia trees. That was about two miles after the pay station on Highway 180 at Grant's Grove. Here a very well laid out path system walks you through some of the biggest and most beautiful trees I have ever seen. Most are standing tall, a few have fallen - one which you can walk right through! Spent an hour here and then continued for about an additional hour down 180 through Kings Canyon. Beautiful scenery and a winding mountain road all added to the excitement and fun of getting to the trailhead. Once at the trailhead, it was already four o'clock and I knew I had at least nine miles to go round trip - so I quickly began my journey. Very well maintained trail and very easy on the legs (lots of sand, fallen needles and such making for a cushioned walk unlike the concrete like nature of most AZ trails). Passed many hikers coming off the trail, but I was the only one coming on at this time. Being an AZ hiker and not knowing exactly what to do if I came across a bear, I was a bit nervous - but I continued on. I reached the falls at about six. Signage warned of not going out onto the slippery rocks near the falls, but being very careful - I moved on out for pictures and some end of the trail introspection. After not taking what would have been my last waterslide ride - headed back to the trailhead - not passing anyone along the way, (or anything outside of a deer which bolted out in front of me - causing my heart to jump nearly as high as the deer!) I made it back to the car for a fun ride at dusk (no company on the roadways allowed me to do my best Speed Racer impersonation on the winding turns). All in all, I was very glad I made the mistake with my flight to have had a chance to experience this wonderful area and would recommend it to all.
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