Highway 180 out of Fresno CA provides quick access (about an hour) to the Grant Grove Giant Sequoia area of the park and there a sights in the vicinity of Grant Grove too. The road to Panoramic Point near the Muir Lodge in Grant Grove is closed due to snow this time of year but can be accessed by snowshoes or skis. Here is an article about Panoramic Point. http://midsierramusing.blogspot.com/2016/03/kings-canyon-national-park-snowshoe-to.html
The Grant Grove area also has an information center, camping permits, and restaurant and gift shop. The actual grove area access is just beyond there. There are nicely laid out trails that wind through the giant trees just off the parking area.
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Another area near the Grant Grove is the vista point accessed by driving south on the General’s Highway a few miles. A careful look from there also reveals the Buck Rock fire lookout in the distance. It is a great place to visit when it is open in summer.
There is also Sequoia Lake, which is just outside the park and site of a YMCA camp. Finally, in the spring of the year there are lovely views approaching the park gate of the surrounding foothills and a waterfall along the road.
If one has a limited amount of time, these sites are available and not far from each other.
The photographs were taken with the Sony A7R2, an adapted Canon 400 f4 (Buck Rock) a Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.8 and a Zeiss Batis 18mm 2.8.