Here standing on the floor of Kings Canyon, it's incredible to think that this canyon is deeper than the Grand Canyon, with 8000-10000ft peaks on either side of me. The South Fork at my feet is the longest and first sequential tributary of the Kings River, originating as snow melt above 14000ft in the high crest of the sierra. It is also the longest undammed elevation drop of all US rivers, falling more than 11000ft unobstructed before it encounters it's first man made development; truly wild. In places this canyon is so narrow that sunlight doesn't reach the floor for very long. By 2pm here near the confluence with Bubbs Creek, the sun has dipped behind the southwestern ridge. Sunlight then reflects off the orange cliffs on the north side of the canyon and lights up the river in an unreal golden glow.