Buena Vista Peak

Trivia – what do Chris and I like to do when they get a weekend off? Correct answer is – go on a hike, of course! And right you are! On the last weekend of May, we drove up to the mountains and did the Buena Vista Trail to the Buena Vista Peak at Kings Canyon National Park.Β The hike itself was rated easy, and was only 2 mile in length (out and back). The views at the end were beyond amazing and the fact that we went on a cool and foggy day made everything so much better.

We had planned to leave at six in the morning but I overslept and turned off the alarm, we ended up leaving home at 7:30AM. A little bit of a late start, but the weather forecast was in the 30s that day, so it wasn’t too bad. The roads to Kings Canyon was the through the backcountry so we didn’t encounter too much traffic.

The trailhead was literally on the side of the road with a little parking spot, so it made life so much easier since we found it right away! We were the only ones at the trail so it felt like we had the trail all to ourselves – and that’s always such a great feeling. The fog was consistently dropping throughout our hike and it was amazing. That being said, we kept cool and were shaded the entire time.

We made it to the top in 40 minutes – could’ve done it in less time but we were in so much awe of the fog and the view that we kept stopping to take more photos. The fog lifted for a few minutes when we got to the top but came right back down. The panoramic views we got of the entire park and the summits of Sierra Crest, even with the fog, was beyond amazing. A little bit nerve-wrecking when climbing on the rocks (I mean, if either of us slipped and fell, we wouldn’t even know what we’d be falling into) but still a great view!

How amazing are these views?! Easily one of my favorite hikes of the year. Can’t wait until the weather cools down so we can visit this view again. We left the park right after and stopped for lunch at a&w then called it a day.

Buena Vista Trail to Buena Vista Peak

Length: 2 miles, out and back
Elevation: 420 ft
To the trailhead: Enter Kings Canyon National Park via Big Stump Entrance Station, off the 180 East. Proceed 1.7 miles to a three-way intersection. and turn right on Route 198, which heads south toward Sequoia National Park. The Buena Vista Trailhead will be on the right after 4.7 miles.

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  1. August 1, 2018 / 12:16 PM

    Those pictures are amazing!! I definitely need to hike more..

  2. August 1, 2018 / 9:40 PM

    I love that you’re in reach of all sorts of trails!! I like the sound of the Buena Vista Trail. 2 miles, sounds like a great adventure. You went during a good time too – away from the heat and all. I like that your car was the only one there XD. YOU TWO ARE ADORABLE!! I am glad you had a great time out there and didn’t get injured! Though, I am sure you’re a trooper either way ;)!

    Nancy β™₯ exquisitely.me

  3. August 2, 2018 / 8:54 AM

    The pictures and description of the fog are just mesmerizing. I would LOVE that hike. It just seems so peaceful and ethereal with the fog. Thank you for taking us along!

  4. August 2, 2018 / 8:56 AM

    The pictures of the fog are mesmerizing. I would LOVE this hike. Something about the fog and nature feels so ethereal to me. Thank you for taking me along!

  5. August 2, 2018 / 9:36 AM

    I love going on a hike when on a road trip, and your photos make me want to drive to Buena Vista Trail asap!

  6. August 2, 2018 / 10:24 AM

    The photography in this post is absolutely insane.

    Jas xx

  7. August 2, 2018 / 10:31 AM

    Wow, Eena, these pictures are stunning. Especially the shots in the forest with the mist, really dreamy. I have to confess I’m far too lazy for hiking but I do spend a lot of time outside in my garden so hopefully that counts as fresh air and exercise too! xx

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  8. August 2, 2018 / 10:47 AM

    Wow! Your photography is amazing, so many stunning views! I wish there were places to hike near where I live, it looks like so much fun and so good for you too! Always love reading about your & Chris’ adventures Eena, thank you for sharing <3 xx

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  9. August 2, 2018 / 12:23 PM

    This place is absolutely beautiful but all of that fog is kind of creepy as well! Hiking is probably one of my favourite forms of exercise because you’re enjoying the outdoors and can take it at your own place, I just wish I lived closer to some trails!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

  10. August 3, 2018 / 6:13 AM

    Woahhh, the shots with the trees and the fog look so atmospheric!! Almost like it could be straight out of a horror movie, haha. It’s awesome that you guys get to hike so much! I should really do it more often πŸ™‚

  11. August 5, 2018 / 9:10 PM

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful scenery

  12. August 8, 2018 / 12:29 PM

    Wow these snaps are something straight out of a movie! What an adventure! Looks bloody brilliant!
    Rosie

  13. August 8, 2018 / 12:35 PM

    Wow – this place looks incredible. I’d love to go on hikes and do this sort of thing but don’t think there is anywhere nearby me that would have amazing views like this! Your photos are amazing too by the way! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    Amy,
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  14. August 8, 2018 / 1:20 PM

    I’ve never done a hike but OMG these views are amazing! Now very tempted, and your photography is beautiful!

    Jas xx

  15. August 8, 2018 / 1:45 PM

    That looks like a foggy place to visit. It actually reminds me of some scary movies that I have watched before. This trip is perfect for couples.

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  16. August 8, 2018 / 5:34 PM

    Wow, this looks gorgeous! I love places with lots of trees so this is beautiful. πŸ™‚ Hikes are the best!

  17. August 9, 2018 / 12:09 AM

    So tranquil, so scenic. Breathtakingly beautiful. I am tempted to travel right now.

  18. August 9, 2018 / 1:23 AM

    Your pictures look amazing, the fog looks really eerie almost like a movie. I have never been hiking myself but it looks like you had an amazing time plus the view looks stunning.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Kate
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  19. August 12, 2018 / 8:15 AM

    The foggy cool air looks mysterious, but also SO inviting, especially considering the heat I’ve been getting this summer! The fog definitely creates a #mood ;D -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  20. August 12, 2018 / 12:10 PM

    These views are incredible! I’ve never actually been hiking before but it sounds like it would be so fun! Thank you so much for sharing!

    ~ Paige

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  21. August 12, 2018 / 12:11 PM

    Wow! Your photos are incredible, as always! The fog makes everything look so cool and mysterious! You’ve definitely inspired me to go hiking sometime soon!

  22. August 12, 2018 / 12:17 PM

    The photography in this post is insane! There isn’t really anywhere to hike near me so I’ve only ever been on a couple but wow. Those views from the top!!! Sounds like a great day x

    Sophie
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  23. Brooke
    August 12, 2018 / 12:25 PM

    These photos are amazing! I wish we had walks close to where we live like this!😍
    Brooke x
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  24. August 12, 2018 / 12:28 PM

    Loving the photos, they are so beautiful! I have never been to the Buena Vista peak but oh wah, the views from up there, gorgeous! Must have been such an amazing magical hike!

  25. August 12, 2018 / 12:36 PM

    Oh, I love that the fog stuck around. What a magical hike that must have been! I am always on the hunt for smooth hikes. This goes on the list. <3

  26. August 12, 2018 / 12:37 PM

    Wow these photos look amazing and it sounds like you both had a great day out!

    Alys / alysgeorge.blogspot.co.uk

  27. August 12, 2018 / 2:06 PM

    Great post! This looks like such a beautiful place, I love your photos πŸ™‚

  28. August 12, 2018 / 3:21 PM

    I really need to get into hiking. Looks refreshing and is good for my dog and me.

  29. August 13, 2018 / 8:20 PM

    You guys are awesome! I get inspired just seeing and reading about your hiking adventures. I like this one since it’s shorter and it definitely looked like you had the trail to yourselves. What a great way to spend the outdoors and also very peaceful and beautiful! xoxo, Christine
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  30. August 16, 2018 / 5:35 PM

    Ahhhh the fog is so majestic! I love the picture of Chris walking down the road. I feel like it’s been WAY too long since I’ve been on a hike. You guys always go on the best ones!
    Also, I’m definitely the one who hits the snooze and makes us late… Whoops!

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  31. August 17, 2018 / 12:51 AM

    I always wanted to try hiking and hopefully, I’d be able to do it soon. I miss you, Ate Eena! πŸ™‚

  32. August 19, 2018 / 9:39 PM

    The view from the top with numerous pine trees at the bottom is exhilarating and worth all the effort.

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  33. August 20, 2018 / 3:15 AM

    Stunning photos, the view from the top is amazing! I can imagine it must have been scary at times but on the other hand the fog made for amazing pictures, they could have been scenes from a movie xx

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  34. August 20, 2018 / 10:35 AM

    You are so dedicated when it comes to hiking! I have a like-hate relationship with them. It’s wonderful to do a hike though when it’s cool and foggy outside. Probably makes it more pleasant and the air is far better. Love the photo of Chris walking in the middle of road.

  35. August 28, 2018 / 1:11 AM

    Wow, you took some AMAZING photos there <3 Would love to go for a hike too!