On our last day in Kings Canyon, we took a longer hike up one of the side canyons to above Mist Falls. This hike was one of the most spectacular we have ever done. This hike is the first leg of a 42-mile loop that is quite popular and goes deep into the high country to the 12,000-foot level and traverses several lakes and a few passes. Our backpacking days are likely over, but we got a glimpse of the beauty of this area on our day hike of ten miles. At some points we were hiking below sheer granite cliffs that rose over a mile high on either side of us, while the Kings river roiled madly near the trail for nearly the entire hike.
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