The termini of the Kings Canyon High Basin Route are:
- Lodgepole, where there is a park visitor center, campground, and other services; and,
- Road’s End, a lone wilderness permit issuing station 6 miles east of Cedar Grove.
These trailheads are both on the High Sierra’s western side and are separated by one intersection and a 2-hour drive on two-lane, paved, winding mountain highways. It’s also a 2-hour drive to each trailhead from the nearest city and airport, Fresno. From southern California, there is a more direct route to Lodgepole through Visalia, a smaller Central Valley city.
From the High Sierra’s east side, the route is best accessed from:
These trailheads are located 30 minutes west of the small towns of Independence and Bishop, respectively.
There are other feasible access points on the west and east side of the Sierra, but none that are as direct. Notably:
- To the south, Mineral King,
- On the east side, Shepherd Pass, Baxter Pass, Sawmill Pass, and Taboose Pass; and,
- On the northwest, Courtright Reservoir
Consider these points only if wilderness permits for the primary access points are unavailable and/or if the KCHBR comprises only a small portion of your overall itinerary.
Even if you do not access the KCHBR via these secondary points, they are worth identifying beforehand on a large-scale recreation map in the event of a self-rescue or bailout.
Transportation and trailhead permits
The Kings Canyon High Basin Route Guide includes comprehensive information about transportation options and about the permit systems in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park and surrounding National Forests.