The end of the road… or so you would think! Road’s End in Kings Canyon is actually the beginning of more adventures! It is a “hub” at the end of Highway 180 from which adventurers can span out and explore the wilderness. There are trails for day hikes and backcountry, swimming holes, and a ranger station here. Zumwalt Meadow is accessible from here as well. There are clear blue waters and a few opportunities for swimming (do so at your own risk! and only on calm waters!).
On the day we arrived at Road’s End during our 2016 summer Sequoia-King’s Canyon camping trip, there was a large extended family who was having a blast leaping off a boulder and into the deep clear waters below. Nothing made me happier than seeing all the children and families laughing and shrieking with delight at the activity. We joined in on the festivities and relished the icy clear waters. Note: please, please heed the warning signs. Drowning is a very real danger here. The watering hole we swam in happened to be a calm portion of the water where the current was not strong.