• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Fire Restrictions

    Effective June 18, 2014, the parks are in Stage 1 fire restrictions, see link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »

  • Road Construction Delays Begin on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    Expect occasional 15-minute to 1-hour delays at various locations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks beginning Monday, June 2, weekdays only, between 5 a.m.-3 p.m., including delays to/from the General Sherman Tree, Crystal Cave, and Grant Grove. More »

  • Vehicle Length Limits in Sequoia National Park (if Entering/Exiting Hwy 198)

    Planning to see the "Big Trees" in Sequoia National Park? If you enter/exit via Hwy. 198, please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »

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Locations of Food-storage Boxes

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Photo of a bear-proof, food-storage box.

Bear-proof, food-storage locker.

National Park Service

DO NOT count on food-storage boxes being available; they may be full or may have been removed due to breakage or disuse. For example, boxes in the Kearsarge lakes areas are currently unavailable.

Containers are by far the preferred method of food storage throughout the wilderness of these parks. Where boxes are not available, you must carry a portable animal-resistant container or hang your food properly. Know that hanging your food does not guarantee that a bear will not obtain it. Bears will climb and chew through branches in order to get at a hung bag of food.

Many trailhead parking areas have food-storage boxes.


 

Select the area you wish to visit (generally listed from north to south):

Woods Creek Trail: CANISTERS REQUIRED, FOOD-STORAGE LOCKERS FOR PCT & JMT THRU-HIKERS

Copper Creek & Lewis Creek Trails

Charlotte Lakes: CANISTERS REQUIRED, FOOD-STORAGE LOCKERS FOR PCT & JMT THRU-HIKERS

KEARSARGE LAKES: CANISTERS REQUIRED, NO FOOD-STORAGE LOCKERS AVAILABLE FOR 2012 SEASON.

Bubbs Creek Trail: CANISTERS REQUIRED, FOOD-STORAGE LOCKERS FOR PCT & JMT THRU-HIKERS

Sugarloaf Valley/Roaring River

Tyndall/Crabtree

Lodgepole Area Trails

Rock Creek: CANISTERS REQUIRED, FOOD-STORAGE LOCKERS FOR PCT THRU-HIKERS

Little Five Lakes & Cliff Creek & Chagoopa Plateau

Kern Canyon

Mineral King Area Trails

Hockett Plateau

Woods Creek Trail

Woods Creek crossing/John Muir Trail (2)
Upper Paradise Valley (2)
Middle Paradise Valley
Lower Paradise Valley (2)
Arrowhead Lake
Middle Rae Lake (2)

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Copper Creek & Lewis Creek Trails

Lower Tent Meadow/Copper Creek Trail
Frypan Meadow/Lewis Creek Trail

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Charlotte & Kearsarge Lakes

Charlotte Lake

Kearsarge Lakes: CANISTERS REQUIRED, NO FOOD-STORAGE LOCKERS AVAILABLE FOR 2012 SEASON.




Bubbs Creek Trail

Sphinx Creek (2)
Charlotte Creek
Lower Junction Meadow
Junction Meadow (East Creek)
9900' Elevation/John Muir Trail
Vidette Meadow (2)
John Muir Trail/Center Basin Trail
East Lake (2)

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Sugarloaf Valley/Roaring River

Roaring River Ranger Station (3)
Sugarloaf Meadow
Comanche Meadow
Seville Lake (2)
Lost Lake
Ranger Lake (2)

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Tyndall/Crabtree

Tyndall Creek/John Muir Trail
Tyndall Creek Frog Ponds
Wallace Creek/John Muir Trail
Crabtree Ranger Station
Lower Crabtree Meadow

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Lodgepole Area Trails

Twin Lakes (2)
JO Pass Trail/Twin Lakes Trail junction
Clover Creek South crossing/Twin Lakes Trail
Emerald Lake (2)
Pear Lake (2)
Mehrten Creek crossing/High Sierra Trail
9 Mile Creek Crossing/High Sierra Trail
Buck Creek Crossing/High Sierra Trail
Bearpaw (4)
Upper Hamilton Lake (3)

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Rock Creek

Lower Rock Creek crossing/Pacific Crest Trail
Lower Rock Creek Lake
Lower Soldier Lake (Upper Rock Creek Lake)

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Little Five Lakes & Cliff Creek & Chagoopa Plateau

Cliff Creek/Timber Gap Trail Junction
Pinto Lake
Little Five Lakes
Big Five Lakes
Lost Canyon
Big Arroyo crossing
Moraine Lake

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Kern Canyon

Junction Meadow
Kern Hot Springs (2)
Upper Funston Meadow (2)
Lower Funston Meadow (2)

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Mineral King Area

Lower Monarch Lake (1)
Franklin Lake (2)

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Hockett Plateau

Hockett Meadow
South Fork Meadow/Rock Camp
Upper Camp/South Fork Pasture

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Did You Know?

Toppled sequoia tree.

Sequoias get so large because they grow fast over a long lifetime. They live so long because they are resistant to many insects and diseases, and because they can survive most fires. Sequoias do have a weakness — a shallow root system. The main cause of death among mature sequoias is toppling.