Two of the more beautiful hikes we did were the loops around Crescent Meadow (Sequoia) and Zumwalt Meadow (Kings Canyon). Crescent Meadow is where we saw our first black bear and it was walking right on the path! It’s a really short pleasant loop.
Zumwalt Meadow was everyone’s favorite hike of the trip. It’s near the end of the scenic bypass road in Kings Canyon. You hike down in the meadow but there are huge rock formations on either side so it makes for a stunning backdrop. Almost like a mini-Yosemite. I almost didn’t want to go since it was a far drive from where we were staying, but it’s definitely worth it!!!