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Mist Falls

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 4.4 (27) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Hike along the South Fork of the Kings River to cascading 100 foot waterfalls.


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8.2

Miles

13.1

KM

Out and Back

5,780' 1,762 m

High

5,046' 1,538 m

Low

805' 245 m

Up

804' 245 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Overview

A beautiful, short day trip along the South Fork of the Kings River to cascading 100 foot waterfalls.

Description

The trail starts at the Ranger Station at the southeast corner of the loop at the end of the road. You can park at either lot, although the southern lot (the first one you'll come to) has more shade. The hike starts in a wide valley and will gradually narrow as you reach where the Kings River forks.

After about 2 miles you'll take a left to follow the South Fork of the Kings River. If you cross a bridge, you've gone the wrong way; although the bridge does provide good views, so it might be worth hitting if you have the time on the way back. From here to the waterfall there are no other trail intersections, so just keep following the trail until you get to the well signed and visible waterfall. Keep in mind that there are some steep, unmarked drop-offs on the way as you are going up the canyon.

When you get to the waterfall, you might consider following the trail up a bit further to get different views looking from the top of the waterfall. If you have the time, continuing on the trail a few extra miles to Paradise Valley is more than worth it.

Flora & Fauna

Rattlesnake are reasonably common in the area, so keep an eye out for them.

Contacts

Shared By:

Konner Keefer

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 27 votes

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in Cedar Grove

#457

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in Cedar Grove

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Photos

Palmer Mountain
Apr 26, 2019 near Big Pine, CA
Top of Mist Falls
Apr 26, 2019 near Big Pine, CA
Looking down towards roads end, going counter clock wise on the loop
Oct 30, 2018 near Big Pine, CA
Another view of Mist Falls.
Mar 14, 2016 near Big Pine, CA
Mist Falls
Apr 26, 2019 near Big Pine, CA
Bubbs Creek flows fully after a wet winter.
Jun 2, 2017 near Lone Pine, CA

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Jun 18, 2022
Scott Piper
Jun 17, 2022
Marc Corona
May 21, 2022
Shann Yu
Flat for the first half and mostly on sand. Great viewpoints and wildlife start becoming common from around the bridge (which this trail won't cross). — 3h 30m
Sep 4, 2021
Tom H
Aug 6, 2021
Wei Wei
3h 50m
Jun 23, 2021
Reagan Cicha
Jun 2, 2021
Chelsie Schanz
5mi — 2h 00m
May 30, 2021
Tilman Giese