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 »
Giant Forest and Lodgepole Winter 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.
Did You Know?
Most of the distinctive light-colored rock characteristic of the Sierra Nevada is a granitic rock called granodiorite. A huge formation of this rock, called a batholith, lies within the Sierra. Some 400 miles long and up to 50 miles wide, the Sierra batholith is one of the largest in North America. More...