Winter in King’s Canyon

On the last weekend of January, Chris and I finally headed to the mountains for our first hike of the year. My younger brother got me an annual parks pass for Christmas so we also (finally) got to use it! I really wanted to head over to Sequoia National Park but due to the snow, we opted to go to Kings Canyon National Park instead, which is to the north of Sequoia and has less winding roads.

That weekend was very cold, so we also bought some secondhand snow chains in case we needed it when we got up to the mountains. Safety first!

When we arrived, our first order of business was to visit General Grant. Named after the 18th president of the county, the Grant tree is the largest tree in the park AND the second largest tree in the entire world (right after General Sherman). Another interesting fact about General Grant is that for a tree this size, it’s actually really young too!

We only explored in the Grant Grove area because most areas were blocked off due to the snow. We did go off the path and did some exploring of our own. At some point, we were just walking aimlessly on the snow that we ended up at the main road!

Despite not being able to explore much, headed up to the mountains is always a fun time! Besides, this was our very hike in snow so that itself was already pretty exciting for me. Afterwards, we stopped by Panda Express for some lunch and headed home!

Interested in visiting Kings Canyon? Check out the official NPS page for the park! What’s your favorite season to hike in?



  1. February 22, 2018 / 7:22 pm


  2. February 22, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful. <3 It looks like you both had a great time on your hike.

  3. February 23, 2018 / 12:28 am

    Another beautiful hike, I see. I’m so jealous of all these gorgeous locations you’re at πŸ™‚

  4. February 23, 2018 / 11:43 am

    You live so close to the parks now! King’s Canyon looks gorgeous with all of the snow. It’s so cool that the tree is named after General Grant and wooot we have the 2nd largest tree in the world?? You’re actually close to General Sherman tree too lolol.

    You and Chris are so adorbs. Look at you decked out in Eagles gear XD. The little cave looks super cool! Ok, I’ve hiked in the summer and spring before. Probably prefer spring because I’m scared of sunburns XD.

  5. February 24, 2018 / 9:12 am

    It looks magical to hike during winter! The cold would be a bother but the sight would be worth it!

    xx, Richel V. β™₯

  6. February 24, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    This is so beautiful! I usually only see pics of these areas in the summer months, but I LOVE how the snow looks. Glad you guys got to break in your annual parks pass! Can’t wait to see the hikes to come!

    Susie |

  7. February 24, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    The trails are so pretty with snow on them. I’ve never been hiking in the Winter, but I think I might enjoy it.

  8. margueritelarochelaise
    February 25, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing your encouraging words with us. And congratulations!

  9. February 26, 2018 / 1:40 am

    This looks gorgeous! Living in Australia, i’ll forever be jealous of your white winter!

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

  10. February 26, 2018 / 6:39 am

    This place looks amazing, literally after your post I want to take over 12-hours train to the nearest mountains and see nature & snow there πŸ™‚

  11. February 26, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    I love Kings Canyon! It is such an amazing place, and you captured it so beautifully in these photos and video! This post definitely inspires me to visit there in the winter! πŸ™‚

  12. March 4, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    Love the song that you chose for the video! The video and the photos all look amazing. I’ve never seen snow but when I see stuff like this it really makes me want to visit someplace snowy to take some cool photos lol

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