Kings Canyon Road

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Kings Canyon Road has a long history, notably as the original wagon trail route between Carson City and Lake Tahoe. At the turn of the century, it was even part of Nevada's State Highway System. Kings Canyon Road is a moderately difficult but incredibly scenic point-to-point trail with a little bit of everything. There is little to no opportunity to turn around. The trail is a narrow, steep shelf road the entire way with a few off camber spots. Sharp rocks and shallow, running water crossings through tree and brush tunnels dominate the middle part of the trail. The toughest part is referred to as the rock slide area. There was a rock slide that blocked the road at some point. All that remains are a few boulders to negotiate. You may need a spotter, depending on your experience level. Dispersed camping opportunities are available throughout the trail. A large staging area at the west entrance closest to Lake Tahoe is part of the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park and there are signs prohibiting overnight camping in the Park. After that area you are good to go along the trail. The sites are typically narrow pullouts along the edge of the cliff.