Kings Canyon National Park lies to the south of its more famous cousin, Yosemite National Park. I had assumed it to be part of the Sierras, but that is apparently true only of the eastern portion of the park. The west seems to be decidedly different, with darker rock and more vegetation. But the two share similar features, including tall mountains, steep valleys and rushing rivers.
The east side of the park is home to a portion of the amazing John Muir Trail. I hiked 39 miles of it. That portion of the trip is described separately. Be sure to check it out.
The above images show only the beginning and ending of my trip to Kings Canyon. Be sure to see the amazing middle on the JMT page.