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KIRCH FLAT CAMPGROUND
SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST
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Kirch Flat Campground is situated along the banks of the Kings River. It is an established Forest Service campground with picnic tables, metal firerings, and outhouses. The road to Kirch Flat Campground is paved with scenic views of Pine Flat Reservoir and Kings River.

Pine Flat Reservoir
Pine Flat Reservoir near Kings River Powerhouse

KIRCH FLAT CAMPGROUND
Picnic tables, metal firepits, and outhouses
17 Sites with Parking Pads
Group Site with Reservation
14 Day Limit
No Garbage Service
The river roars without mercy
Hazardous Waters Downstream
We were told that the campground is full on the weekends with rafters. There are a couple whitewater adventure facilities.

Kirch Flat Campground
Kirch Flat Campground

As you cross the bridge near Kirch Flat Campground, there are dirt roads on both sides. One road takes you to Garnet Dike Campground and the other to Mill Flat Campground.

Near Balch Camp
Near Balch Camp

Driving towards Balch Camp the scenery looks similar to Yosemite National Park with the canyons of domed rock.

Continue past Balch Camp and Balch Powerhouse, up the North Fork Kings River to Black Rock Reservoir and BLACK ROCK RESERVOIR CAMPGROUND.

Deer, turtles and rattlesnakes. Squirrels, lizards and mountain lions. There is a mix of wildlife, some good and some not so good.

Scenic Photo
Scenic views along the way

The hillsides have been splattered with color from the wild flowers taking advantage of the sunshine

Wild Flowers
Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers
Wild Flowers

McKinley Grove Botanical Area
McKinley Grove Botanical Area

McKinley Grove Botanical Area is a small grove of Sequoia Trees with picnic area.

There was a BEAR yesterday on Highway 198 near the north entrance to Sequoia National Park. He was just playing around, kind of bouncing up and down on a fallen tree. No photos because we stayed in the car.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS!!!
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW
WHAT FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT.

Yesterday a neighboring camper built a big, roaring campfire, without a permit or checking fire restrictions. Then he went rafting down the river and left the campfire with 10' high flames unattended. When the Forest Ranger happened upon the scene, was forced to write a $5000 citation. In some states like Colorado, he could have been arrested and charged with third degree felony arson.

DIRECTIONS:
From Fresno take Hwy 168 towards Mono Hot Springs.
Turn right at Tollhouse Road
Turn right on Maxon Road
Turn left on Trimmer Springs Road
Kirch Flat Campground about 30 miles

From Fresno take Hwy 180 towards Kings Canyon
About 1 mile past Centerville turn left on Piedra Road
At Trimmer turn right on Trimmer Springs Road
Kirch Flat Campground about 30 miles
(1 mile east of Kings River Powerhouse and 3 miles
before Balch Camp.)

If you examine a map, there are several back roads and different directions you could take. Most roads in the Sierra Nevada Mountains are narrow and winding, with steep upgrades. Winter months bring heavy snow and road closures.

Pine Flat Dam
Pine Flat Dam

Camped here May 15, 2006
(Kirch C.G. #6)

MORE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:
Sequoia National Park Entrance Sign
Sequoia National Park (South Entrance)

  • Mono Hot Springs
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Mount Whitney Highest Point in CA
  • Yosemite National Park

Showers at Sequoia National Park
(During summer months)

Least expensive gas in Visalia.
Junction of Hwy 198 and Lover's Lane
Three Rivers actually had the cheapest gas this day.

Also see: BLACK ROCK RESERVOIR
Also see:
SEQUOIA NF / HWY 190

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Free camping and campgrounds
CALIFORNIA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST
SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
KIRCH FLAT CAMPGROUND