Start: Kings Creek Falls Trailhead
Round Trip Distance: 2.3 miles (3.7 km) loop
Round Trip Time: 2 hours
Terrain: Gradual 700 foot descent along Upper Cascades section; steep, narrow stone staircase for one-way, uphill return via Cascades Foot Trail.
Elevation Start / Loss: 7,286 feet (2220m) / 486 ft (148 m)
Season: Approximately June through October
Stock Use: Stock are not permitted on the Cascades Foot section
Kings Creek Falls can be accessed via a loop or an out-and-back hike. The first half mile passes along Lower Kings Creek Meadow. The loop then begins to the left (clockwise) along the Upper Cascades section, which offers expansive vistas as it steadily descends towards Kings Creek Falls. A fenced overlook provides a clear view of the 30-foot waterfall. Hikers can return to the trailhead on the same Upper Cascades section or loop back on the Cascades Foot section. Please travel uphill only on this narrow, steep section alongside the cascades to help improve your safety and the safety of others.
How to Hike This Trail Safely
Hiking the Kings Creek Fall Trail involves risk. Learn more about general hiking safely in this high elevation and remote park. Special considerations for this trail include:
- Winter conditions can persist through the summer months, especially in the forested sections of the trail. Wear proper footwear and consider using trekking poles to help maintain balance.
- Hiking at high elevation can aggravate preexisting medical conditions. Know the effects of altitude. Carry plenty of water, take breaks often, and do not exceed your abilities.
- Bears are occasionally sighted in this area. Learn more about how to be bear aware to protect yourself and wildlife.
- Traveling off-trail around the waterfall is strongly discouraged. For your safety, please stay behind the overlook railings. Snow melt significantly increases water flow in the spring season and increases the danger of drowning or being swept over the falls.
- Creek crossings can be hazardous during the spring snow melt season. Use caution when crossing, wear proper footwear and carry extra clothing.
Last updated: January 13, 2021