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USA Grizzly Falls

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Between the Grant Grove and Cedar Grove sections of Kings Canyon National Park, California State Highway 180 passes through the Giant Sequoia National Monument, although you will see precious few giant sequoias along this stretch of highway (the individual groves are on dirt side roads or must be reached on foot….see descriptions for nearby spots closer to Grant Grove). This spot is the second “name brand” stop coming from Grant Grove after Boyden Cavern. Grizzly Falls is a beautiful waterfall that stands about 80 ft (24 m) tall and it has a modest pool at its base where some people cool off on a hot summer day.

After Boyden Cavern, Hwy 180 crosses to the north bank of the South Fork of the Kings River, then follows the river back into Kings Canyon National Park where more adventure awaits. Grizzly Falls is shown on the Cedar Grove Quadrangle (7.5’ topographic map) about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) west of the park boundary. The base of the waterfall is at an elevation of about 4,300 ft (1,310 m).

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Travel Information

From the Visitor Center in Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park, drive 24.5 miles (40.9 km) north/northeast/east and make a left-hand turn into the small parking lot for Grizzly Falls. At this spot you will find some picnic tables and a pit toilet. The path from the east end of the parking lot to the base of Grizzly Falls is just over 200 ft (60 m) long and the elevation gain is less than 20 ft (6 m). The path is not wheelchair accessible, but much of the waterfall can be seen from the parking lot.

In summer, Grizzly Falls always seems to have a few visitors in the middle of the day, and sometimes it gets as crowded as a dozen vehicles worth of people can make it. However, go early in the morning or late in the afternoon and you might have the waterfall all to yourself.

Grizzly Falls cannot be visited in the winter because the road to Cedar Grove is closed in the winter.

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Crowd Factor Just a few people
Best Timing Daytime during spring
Sunrise & Sunset 05:35 - 20:19 | current local time: 04:04
Photo Themes Waterfall
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