Kings Canyon Pt. 1 – The Way Down and Cave

Just after labor day I went camping in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for about a week. I really enjoyed the outstanding vistas and rock formations on the way into the kings river canyon. On the way to the park, there is a cave that has tours and had some really nice formations.

I came in from up high near sequoia groves (another post) and this was the first peak at a view

 

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And then it opened up, you could see for days, even with the so so air quality

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And you could see the road down, it was no joke. You can see some of the railing made by the CCC in the 30’s, but it wasn’t lining nearly enough of the road

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High Sierra peaks in the distance

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The canyon was unreal, how did they make a road here?

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So many colorful, shear cliffs

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Close-up

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The once mighty Kings River, weakened by the drought

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You can see how the river has cut its way through the arid canyon

 

 

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The forest service property on the way to the national park has a cave with guided tours

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It has been around for a long, long time. I also wanted to visit crystal caverns, but it was flooded out after thunderstorms (more on that in a later post)

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Inside, there were some really neat formations, sorry for the blur. Can you see the dragon and the ship?

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These columns were nice

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Yellow

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Called the waterfall

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The hanging city

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The drip drip drip that makes these formations was very sparse due to the drought, but there was still a little moisture down there

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These former pools were created from the minerals in the water as well

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Like a theater

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Sparkly

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Christmas tree?

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There was also rarely seen wildlife on my visit. There is a bat on the rock above the hairline split near the top

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Boo!  There were two very large, very creepy cave spiders on the trip. I was not happy knowing these were lurking around. It was the size of a small dinner plate, but not poisonous

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And then, darkness…

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That was the pitch black cave without the lights on, thankfully in a different spot than where the spiders were.

Then I was on to my campsite and a day of hiking to my destination on the trip, the Paradise Valley (second canyon east of the end of the black line)

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Next time, pics from in the park and from that crazy long hike.

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One Response to Kings Canyon Pt. 1 – The Way Down and Cave

  1. Mary says:

    Those formations in the cave are amazing!

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