Be Prepared! Tire Chains or Cables May Be Required in the Parks at Any Time
All vehicles must carry chains or cables when entering a chain-restricted area. It's the law (CA Vehicle Code, Section 605, Sections 27450-27503). Road conditions may change often. For road conditions, call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1). 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 »
Spring Drives and Viewpoints
NOTE: Spring weather is unpredictable. Snow can fall suddenly at any time of year on park roads in higher elevations. Be prepared with tire chains, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, water, and emergency food in case you need to wait for the road to be plowed. Check the Current Advisories page for the latest road conditions.
Drive #1: Generals Hwy—Ash Mountain to Lodgepole
(Note: Drives #1 & #2 can be combined to form a loop through the parks. But we hope you will get out of the car and see some of the many treasures visible only by foot.)
Drive #1: Generals Highway from Ash Mountain to Lodgepole
Drive #2: Generals Highway from Lodgepole to Grant Grove.
Drive #3: Hwy 180 Grant Grove to Hume Lake
Optional Loop Return: Once it opens in late spring, consider taking the road from Hume Lake to Quail Flat and then return to Grant Grove via the Generals Highway. (Allow an extra 30-40 minutes if you decide to take this more winding route)
Drive #4: Hwy 180 Hume Lake to the Kings Canyon (Kings Canyon Scenic Byway)
Drive #5: Mineral King Road
Did You Know?
Dogs are not permitted on any park trails or on the summer shuttle, except service dogs. This allows for more frequent wildlife sightings, ensures that other visitors and wildlife will not be annoyed or frightened by dogs, and saves cleanup on trails. You can take dogs on leashes on US Forest Service trails.