Current Conditions

Check weather forecasts for areas you plan to visit before leaving home.

Temperatures and weather patterns can be drastically different throughout the parks at any given time. Tire chains may be required from early fall through late spring/early summer. Daytime temperatures can vary 20-30 degrees depending on your location. While shorts and sandals may be appropriate in the foothills in the spring and early summer, it may not be in the higher elevations where there may be several feet of snow on the ground.

Weather Forecasts - Sequoia National Park

Weather Forecasts - Kings Canyon National Park

  • Grant Grove Village (6,589 ft. elevation). A new weather reporting station is now live at Grant Grove and is logging data in five minute intervals.
  • Cedar Grove Village (4,635 ft. elevation; Closed in winter. Open late May through mid-October, weather permitting).

    * For wilderness travel, click on the area where you will start your hike, then click on the map for specific areas/elevations.

Seasonal Information


Snow chains or cables may be required to visit sequoia groves from early fall through late spring.

Be prepared for winter snowstorms! Due to constantly changing conditions, please call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1) for current, 24-hour road status and advisories.

Why do I have to use tire chains here?
When the road is snowy, you may not be safe without them.

Download the Tire Chain Advisory and list of nearby sales/rental locations: English (PDF; JPEG) or Spanish (PDF; JPEG)

Visitors heading into the mountains and sequoia groves of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and other areas of the parks and adjacent forest will likely be required to carry tire chains or cables due to snowfall/storms at any time between early fall through late spring/early summer. State law (CA Vehicle Code, Section 605, Sections 27450-27503) requires ALL vehicles (including 4-wheel/all-wheel drive) to carry tire chains or cables when entering chain-control areas.

Upon entering these chain-restricted areas, visitors need to have proper fitting chains in good repair. Ensure that chains fit and practice installing them prior to entering the parks. Weather and chain control designations can change rapidly, often multiple times per day.

Be prepared! Avoid the disappointment and delays associated with being turned away upon arrival.

  • Be safe. Avoid the worse-case scenarios of having a traffic accident, becoming stuck, needing a tow, etc.
  • Vehicles can easily slide off our steep and windy roads in snowy/icy conditions. Tire chains provide much needed traction in this environment. In many cases visitors with chains can get themselves back on the road without the added expense of calling a towing service for help.
  • Be informed of the current road conditions in the parks by calling our 24-hour hotline just prior to your visit at 559-565-3341. For roads outside the park boundaries visit the CalTrans website at for current road status, or call 800-427-7623.
  • Check the parks' current weather forecasts just prior to your visit. See links above.
  • If needed, purchase or rent tire chains or cables before your arrival.
    Download the Tire Chain Advisory and list of nearby sales/rental locations: English (PDF; JPEG) or Spanish
    (PDF; JPEG).
    Many car rental contracts do not allow for the installation of tire chains or cables. Be sure you understand the limitations of your contract. Renting a 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle may save you from having to install chains, even when you must carry them.
  • Watch our short Snow Chains and Cables video for a demonstration of how to install tire chains and information about when to use them.

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