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Zumwalt Meadows Loop Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (20) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A short hike with impressive views of the Kings Canyon area.


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Map Key

1.3

Miles

2.0

KM

Point to Point

5,048' 1,539 m

High

4,976' 1,517 m

Low

104' 32 m

Up

123' 38 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly A short and relatively level stroll around the meadow.

Overview

This 1.5-mile trail passes high granite walls, lush meadows, and the Kings River. Stellar scenery makes this short loop a must-do,

Need to Know

Trailhead parking is 4.5 miles (7.2 km) east of Cedar Grove Village road. Purchase a trail guide at the visitor center. Allow 1 hour.

Description

After a very short jaunt from the trailhead, you'll reach the bridge crossing the Kings River. After that, you'll make a quick loop around the Zumwalt Meadow. The trail does get a bit rocky near the southern section where it briefly climbs along the scree field, but this is very manageable. This short hike is a must hit if you're going through the park.

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Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 20 votes

#3

in Cedar Grove

#789

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#3

in Cedar Grove

#131

in California

#789

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Photos

Kings River
Jul 7, 2015 near Squaw V…, CA
A beautiful view from Zumwalt Meadow.
Oct 31, 2018 near Squaw V…, CA
Zumwalt Meadow
Jul 7, 2015 near Squaw V…, CA
Zumwalt Meadow
Jul 7, 2015 near Squaw V…, CA
Sheer granite cliffs surround the trail around Zumwalt Meadows.
Oct 31, 2018 near Squaw V…, CA
Looking across Zumwalt Meadow
May 29, 2015 near Squaw V…, CA

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Jun 13, 2022
Zachary Troyer
Nov 3, 2021
Elizabeth Garrett
Did not do the entire trail. Description is somewhat deceptive as it's not really a loop since it spits you out somewhere else. 1.2mi
Jul 23, 2021
Robert Jacobson
1.2mi — 0h 29m
Apr 28, 2021
Kristy Van
north side board walk washed out 2 yrs ago. this year, a boulder blocked the southside, but waited for forestry service to blast it. rock field ver…
Oct 10, 2020
Dylan Payne
Bummer the boardwalk is out
Sep 6, 2020
Heather Lynn
Aug 24, 2020
Viviana Damiano
Aug 15, 2020
Jessie Smith