Giant Forest and Lodgepole Winter Trails

skiing-sequoias

In winter the snow covered trails go from walking to ski and snowshoe trails.

 

The only plowed trail is a short stretch near the General Sherman Tree. While walking watch out for icy and snowy spots on the trail. Walking is not the only way to enjoy the Giant Forest, there is plenty to see from roadsides, or give skis or snowshoes a try; you don't need to go far or fast. It is a great way to enjoy the sequoia forest in a very different style! Check at visitor centers for information on where you can rent equipment. Purchase a ski trail map or ask the ranger for details.

Be Safe! Carry a map, warm clothes, sunglasses, and water. Orient yourself before heading out and tell someone where you are going. You are on you own in the winter woods!

 

Walkers and snowshoers: Avoid walking in ski tracks. It makes them dangerous for skiers.

Watch for wildlife tracks in the snow. Bear, deer, mountain lions, martens, weasels, coyotes, and squirrels may be active all winter.

Get to know the snow forest: This forest was designed for snow. Most trees are cone-shaped, minimizing the amount of snow that catches on them. The branches are flexible, so that they bend to dump what snow does stick when it get too heavy.

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