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The Park Ridge Trail traverses a scenic ridge, with a plethora of opportunities to enjoy long-range views over the surrounding mountains and forests.
The hike begins at Panoramic Point, which itself offers a beautiful overlook of "a 30 mile section of the central Sierra Nevada including Kings Canyon and its adjacent mountains," according to [AmericanSouthwest.net](https://www.americansouthwest.net/california/kings_canyon/park-ridge-trail.html).
From Panoramic Point, you'll traverse south along the top of the ridge on the singletrack.
This trail undulates up and down as it follows the rises and dips of the ridge.
If you hike the entire 4.9-mile round-trip distance, you'll climb and descend 971 vertical feet. "The trail ends at a fire lookout that is sometimes staffed by a resident volunteer," according to [Backpacker.com](https://www.backpacker.com/trips/best-hikes-in-kings-canyon-national-park#section_3).
When the volunteer is there, hikers can access the top of the tower for a truly spectacular view of the region! Sources: https://www.americansouthwest.net/california/kings_canyon/park-ridge-trail.html https://www.backpacker.com/trips/best-hikes-in-kings-canyon-national-park