|Buena Vista Peak is a glacially polished granite dome at 7,605 feet above sea level. It sits immediately east of Redwood Canyon
in Kings Canyon National Park, and has excellent 360 degree views of
Big Baldy, Buck Rock, Redwood Canyon, the San Joaquin Valley, and
the high Sierra.
The trail to the top is approximately 1 mile long (one way) with a gentle 450 foot elevation gain. The trailhead is is located across the road from the Kings Canyon Overlook. Something I found really fascinating is the number of large glacial erraticsalong the trail and at the top of the peak. It is a nice, easy trail with lots of views along the way. This first time I explored this area I actually lost the trail because I was distracted by the incredible vistas. The trail turned left just as I saw something interesting to the right. Barring the distractions, it is an easy trail to follow. The broad top of the peak is a nice place to relax and take in the surrounding views.
The Buena Vista Peak Trailhead is about 6 ½ miles from the Grant Grove Visitor Center. From Grant Grove, drive south on the Generals Highway. About 100 yards south of the Kings Canyon Overlook will be a dirt parking area on the West side of the road (righthand side when travelling south). A small sign notes the trailhead.
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Some of the dozens of glacial erratics scattered along the trail to the top of the peak.
A glacial erratic on top of Buena Vista Peak.
More erractics at the peak.
Buena Vista Peak in Kings Canyon NP as seen from a vista point north of the peak on Highway 198 (The General's Highway).