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 »
Winter Drives and Viewpoints
NOTE: Winter weather is unpredictable. Snow can fall suddenly at any time of year on park roads in higher elevations, accumulate rapidly, and linger for days or weeks. 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
Drive #1: Generals Highway from Ash Mountain to Lodgepole
Optional day trip: The base of Moro Rock and Crescent Meadow are accessible only by snowshoe or cross-country ski. (Allow several hours to a day if you choose to venture all the way to Crescent Meadow.)
Drive #2: Generals Highway from Lodgepole to Grant Grove.
Drive #3: Hwy 180 Grant Grove to Hume Lake
Did You Know?
Sequoia tree rings tell a fascinating story of survival and adaptation. Many sequoia cross-sections do not show a neat set of concentric growth rings. Among the rings are many scars — indicating repeated fire damage — and as many curved rings, the growth that eventually covered over the scars.