Travels with Tucker

Travels with Tucker

Monday, May 19, 2014

Kings Canyon National Park (Part 1)

Outside of California, not many people know about Kings Canyon.  It is another glacially carved valley like Yosemite, only different.  We were excited to explore it and spend a few weeks there.  The key difference between Yosemite and Kings Canyon is that Yosemite Valley is about a mile to a mile and a half wide, while Kings Canyon is only a half mile to a mile wide, and steeper from the back to the front of the valley.  So Yosemite had roads built deep into the valley over a hundred years ago.  Now there are hotels and stores and lots of campgrounds all through the valley, so while it is very beautiful, it is quite popular and crowded. In Kings Canyon. the road barely penetrates to the entrance of the valley (about as far as El Capitan, for those who know Yosemite).  So the real deep valley of Kings Canyon must be hiked in to.  We spent a wonderful five days deep in the canyon and hiked a lot.  Here are some highlight pictures of the area:

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