Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
Effective July 28, 2014, the parks are in Stage 2 fire restrictions. See link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »
Road Construction Delays on Park Roads for 2014 Season
Expect occasional 15-min. to 1-hour delays in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks beginning Monday, June 2, weekdays only, between 5:30 a.m.-4:30 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 »
You May Have Trouble Calling Us
We are experiencing technical problems receiving incoming phone calls. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please send us an email to SEKI_Interpretation@nps.gov or check the "More" link for trip-planning information. More »
Locations of Food-storage Boxes
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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
Woods Creek crossing/John Muir Trail (2)
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Copper Creek & Lewis Creek Trails
Lower Tent Meadow/Copper Creek Trail
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Charlotte & Kearsarge Lakes
Kearsarge Lakes: CANISTERS REQUIRED, NO FOOD-STORAGE LOCKERS AVAILABLE FOR 2012 SEASON.
Bubbs Creek Trail
Sphinx Creek (2)
Sugarloaf Valley/Roaring River
Roaring River Ranger Station (3)
Tyndall Creek/John Muir Trail
Lodgepole Area Trails
Twin Lakes (2)
Lower Rock Creek crossing/Pacific Crest Trail
Little Five Lakes & Cliff Creek & Chagoopa Plateau
Cliff Creek/Timber Gap Trail Junction
Mineral King Area
Lower Monarch Lake (1)
Did You Know?
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.