The Bubbs Creek Trail leads eastward from the end of Highway 180 in Kings Canyon. It begins at 5,100 feet in the South Fork Kings River and follows the river's north shore to the confluence with Bubbs Creek. As Bubbs Creek pours into the South Fork Kings River the trail crosses the river and begins a steep ascent into the Bubbs Creek drainage.
Switchbacks along approximately two miles of the trail lead hikers to the bottom of the steep canyon that holds Bubbs Creek. The path continues to ascend to the source of the stream, but much more gently. A trail leading to the right (south) shortly after entering Bubbs Creek follows Sphinx Creek to Avalanche Pass. This fork in the trail is the site of the first backcounty campsite along this route.
The trail continues to follow Bubbs Creek upstream. Five and a half miles from Sphinx Creek is Junction Meadow and the trail leading to Lake Reflection. The elevation of this junction is approximately 8,150 feet. Bubbs Creek Trail continues eastward from Junction Meadow two and a quarter miles where it ends at the John Muir/Pacific Crest Trail.
From the junction of the John Muir trail the Charlotte Lake backcountry ranger station is approximately three and a half miles north. The Bubbs Creek Trail is popular for stock pack trips. Its terminus lies a short distance west of the John Muir Wilderness and Inyo National Forest.
Directions from Cedar Grove Village: Drive eastward along Highway 180 to roads end. Find the trailhead near the ranger station at the eastern end of the parking area.
Mid-May through Mid-October
(NOTE: Trail may be snow covered during the Early Summer and Late Fall.)