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 »
Other Sierra Nevada Permit Issue Stations
Throughout the Sierra Nevada, wilderness permits are issued based on your entry trailhead (see the exception for the Jennie Lakes Wilderness Area further down this page). That permit is then valid for all travel within that particular trip. We work cooperatively with several neighboring national forests that issue permits valid for travel into the Sequoia & Kings Canyon (SEKI) Wilderness.
In broad terms, the Inyo National Forest issues permits from the east, the Sequoia National Forest issues permits from the south, and the Sierra National Forest issues permits from the north and northwest.
Did You Know?
Sometimes you will see sequoias in a straight row. This may happen because sequoia seeds prefer mineral-rich burned ground. When a fallen log burns long and hot, it leaves a strip of bare mineral-rich soil — an ideal place for new sequoias to grow. Years later, we see a line of sequoias!