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?
When first set aside, what is now Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks were less than one-ninth of their present size. Over the last century, Congress has made seven major additions to the parks — the last being the Mineral King area in 1978.