North Grove Trail Kings Canyon National Park Grant Grove Loop Hike Sunset Trail

On the west side of the Grant Grove Area of Kings Canyon National Park, you will find the North Grove of Giant Sequoias, where hikers can set out downhill on a loop through a forest of big trees. North Grove Trail is 1.4 miles long and connects to Sunset Trail at both ends to form a 2-mile loop with 350 feet of elevation change. North Grove Trail combines nicely with the adjacent Dead Giant Loop Trail (which passes Sequoia Lake Overlook) for a 3.25-mile two-loop hike.

To reach the trailhead, drive to the large parking area for the Grant Grove and proceed down the parking lot to the left (west) of the trailhead for the General Grant Tree Trail. Pass bus and RV parking and come to a gate at the top of Sunset Trail where the hike begins. Compared to the forest around the General Grant Tree, the North Grove has less of everything – smaller concentrations of sequoias and a lot fewer visitors.

North Grove Trail
North Grove Trail

Stroll down the old paved road for a tenth of a mile to a marked split between Sunset Trail and North Grove Trail. Turn right onto North Grove Trail, a wide dirt trail that descends into a less-visited forest of sequoias. Clusters of these giants make big impressions as you hike through the North Grove. The mixed forest also includes ponderosa pines, sugar pines, incense cedars, white firs, and dogwood trees that bloom beautifully in the late spring. Enjoy the quiet forest and admire the broad golden trunks of the giant sequoias.

giant sequoias on North Grove Trail
Hiking below giant sequoias along North Grove Trail

North Grove Trail takes a moderate course down a mountainside, dropping 350 feet (from the trailhead) to the low point of the loop. Large boulders break up the terrain as the trail curves left, holding to a counterclockwise circuit back to a T-junction with Sunset Trail, 1.4 miles from the first junction.

From the end of North Grove Trail, you can turn left and hike 0.5 miles back up Sunset Trail to the start, completing the 2-mile North Grove Loop. The once-paved road passes through more giant sequoias and pines. To get even more immersed in sequoias, turn right and descend a quarter mile to Dead Giant Loop Trail, a single track that reaches Sequoia Lake Overlook, which has broad views over a blue lake just outside the park to the southwest. Dead Giant Loop Trail is a highly recommended addition for those with the time and energy to hike just a bit farther.

The basic directions for the North Grove Loop are:

  1. Start down Sunset Trail
  2. Turn right down North Grove Trail (0.1 miles)
  3. Reach the end of North Grove Trail and turn left up Sunset Trail (1.5 miles)
  4. Pass the top of North Grove Trail (1.9 miles)
  5. Return to the trailhead (2 miles)

The basic directions for the North Grove and Dead Giant Loops are:

  1. Start down Sunset Trail
  2. Turn right down North Grove Trail (0.1 miles)
  3. Reach the end of North Grove Trail and turn right down Sunset Trail (1.5 miles)
  4. Turn right on Dead Giant Loop Trail and take the loop’s right fork (1.75 miles)
  5. Pass the Dead Giant (2 miles)
  6. Turn right on the spur to Sequoia Lake Overlook (2.15 miles)
  7. Take in the view from Sequoia Lake Overlook (2.2 miles)
  8. Turn right when you return to Fallen Giant Loop Trail and continue back to Sunset Trail (2.25 miles)
  9. Meet the start of Fallen Giant Loop Trail and turn left up Sunset Trail (2.5 miles)
  10. Pass the bottom of North Grove Trail (2.75 miles)
  11. Pass the top of North Grove Trail (3.15 miles)
  12. Return to the trailhead (3.25 miles)
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Blooming dogwoods along North Grove Trail

Dogs and mountain bikes are prohibited on trails in Kings Canyon National Park. A national park entrance fee is required to visit the park, but you will not need a permit to hike through the North Grove, so get out and enjoy!

To get to the trailhead: From Fresno, drive east on Route 180. After some 50 miles, you will reach the Big Stump Entrance Station for Kings Canyon National Park. Proceed 1.7 miles to a three-way intersection. To the right, Route 198 heads south toward Sequoia National Park. Turn left to stay on Route 180 and drive another 1.6 miles north to an intersection with Grant Tree Road, the road to the Grant Grove. Grant Tree Road will be on the left, 0.2 miles after the Grant Village, which will be on the right. After turning left, you will pass the entrance to Azalea Campground on the left and proceed 0.75 miles down to the Grant Grove Parking Area, which you will find below a right bend at the bottom of the road. Make a left inside the parking lot and drive past the bus and RV parking area to the North Grove Trailhead.

Trailhead address: North Grove Trailhead, Kings Canyon National Park, CA93628
Trailhead coordinates: 36.747103, -118.974642 (36° 44′ 49.57″N 118° 58′ 28.71″W)

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Distance: 2 miles · Elevation change: 350 feet

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