Kings Canyon Falls near Carson City, Nevada is a nice little waterfall in the spring, and very easy to reach. It is a popular waterfall amongst the locals and partying teens. Later in the summer, the creek probably reduces to just a trickle in this arid state.
From the parking lot, walk up the hill along the dirt road on the right (past the gate). When you reach the creek crossing after a short 5 minute walk or so, leave the road and walk up the trail leading up the creek. You will see the waterfall shortly. The trail does require a bit of rock scrambling, but nothing too difficult. Kings Canyon Falls is a pretty little waterfall cascading 25 ft. along the creek. If you scramble further up the creek above the falls, you will find a couple more small cascades, but nothing too interesting.
This area was the site of a large forest fire in the summer of 2004, which destroyed more than a dozen homes, a commercial building, and caused the cancellation of the 50-mile Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Run. It was dubbed the "waterfall fire" because of its close proximity to Kings Canyon Falls. Evidence of the fires effects are clearly seen in this area. As it turned out, the fire was started from an illegal campfire left by reckless campers. Awful!
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