and horse trails. The Sierra crest forms the eastern boundary of the park, from the Mount Goethe in the north, down to Junction Peak, at the boundary with Sequoia National Park. Several well-travelled passes cross the crest into the park, including Bishop Pass, Taboose Pass, Sawmill Pass, and Kearsarge Pass. All of these passes are above 11,000 feet (3400 m) elevation. (From Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia)
Kings Canyon National Park consists of two sections. The small, detached General Grant Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park preserves several groves of giant sequoia including the General Grant Grove, with the famous General Grant Tree, and the Redwood Mountain Grove, which is the largest remaining natural Giant Sequoia grove in the world (covering 3100 acres (13 km²) and with 15,800 sequoia trees over one foot (0.30 m) in diameter at their bases). This section of the park is mostly mixed conifer forest, and is readily accessible via paved highways.
The remainder of Kings Canyon National Park, which comprises over 90% of the total acreage of the park, is located to the east of General Grant Grove and forms the headwaters of the South and Middle Forks of the Kings River and the South Fork of the San Joaquin River. Both the South and Middle Forks of the Kings Rivers have extensive glacial canyons. One portion of the South Fork canyon, known as the Kings Canyon, gives the entire park its name. Kings Canyon is a 4,000 foot (1,2 km) deep canyon carved by glaciers out of granite. The Kings Canyon, and its developed area, Cedar Grove, is the only portion of the main part of the park that is accessible by motor vehicle. Both the Kings Canyon, and its Middle Fork twin, Tehipite Valley, are glacial “Yosemites” – deeply incised glacial gorges with relatively flat floors and towering granite cliffs thousands of feet high. 
Cloud Canyon, in the park's backcountryTo the east of the canyons are the high peaks of the Sierra Crest culminating in 14,242 foot high North Palisade, the highest point in the park. This is classic high Sierra country – barren alpine ridges and glacially scoured lake-filled basins. Usually snow free only from late June until late October, the high country is accessible only via foot
The above aerial view of the Palisade Crest along with Dusy and Palisade basins below, show a good chunk of the alpine terrain of Kings Canyon National Park. Peaks such as North Palisade, Mount Sill, Starlight Peak, and others on the crest top out at over 14,000 ft making this crest in Kings Canyon the highest continuous ridge in all the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Because of this fact, many alpine climbers visit Kings Canyon coming from the Palisade Glacier side, and cross over the crest in pursuit of an elusive peak, and do not even realize that they have just spent some time in Kings Canyon National Park.
Unknown to most visitors to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, is that there are many caves beneath the alpine territory of the parks. Boyden Cavern is one of these caves that is open to the public. Daily tours of this interesting cave take place during the summer months.
As you travel through Kings Canyon, keep a sharp eye out for little cascading waterfalls flowing down the canyon walls during springtime and early summer months. They provide for a great stopping place for a break while traveling the parks one way road to the bottom of the canyon.
You will be surrounded by high granite walls when traveling to the bottom of Kings Canyon.
This above photo shows the terrain near the bottom of the canyon. When you get there, you will find a great place to picnic, along with a wonderful little general store stocked with souvenirs and goodies to eat.