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CALIFORNIA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
KIRCH FLAT CAMPGROUND
SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST
Dispersed and Primitive Camping
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.
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.
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.
The hillsides have been splattered with color from the wild flowers taking advantage of the sunshine
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.
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.
From Fresno take Hwy 180 towards
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.
Camped here May 15, 2006
Showers at Sequoia National Park
Junction of Hwy 198 and Lover's Lane
Three Rivers actually had the cheapest gas this day.