Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
Effective July 28, 2014, the parks are in Stage 2 fire restrictions. See link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »
Road Construction Delays Begin on Park Roads for 2014 Season
Expect occasional 15-minute to 1-hour delays at various locations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks beginning Monday, June 2, weekdays only, between 5 a.m.-3 p.m., including delays to/from the General Sherman Tree, Crystal Cave, and Grant Grove. 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 »
You May Have Trouble Calling Us
We are experiencing technical problems receiving incoming phone calls. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please send us an email to SEKI_Interpretation@nps.gov or check the "More" link for trip-planning information. 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?
Patches of colorful pink snow in the High Sierra are actually colonies of snow algae — Chlamydomonas nivalis. Unlike most species of fresh-water algae, it thrives in freezing water. Compressing the red snow with your boot increases the intensity of the color. Warning: Do not eat it!