• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

Road Conditions

Come Prepared! Snow Chains or cables may be required to see the "Big Trees" and to do so safely. State law requires ALL vehicles (including 4-wheel/all-wheel drive) to carry chains in chain-control areas. Call for 24-hour road conditions info: 559-565-3341. If needed, rent/buy chains before arrival.

 

Some of the opening/closing dates for facilities and visitor services in the parks may change due to weather and/or other circumstances. Please call 559-565-3341 BEFORE you plan to visit.

 

CURRENT CONDITIONS

Snow Chains or Cables May Be Required to See the "Big Trees" from Early Fall through Late Spring.

Weather and chain control designations can change rapidly, often multiple times per day.

For the most up-to-date 24-hour road conditions and advisories please call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1).


 

ROAD STATUS

Please call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1) for the most up-to-date 24-hour road status and advisories.

The information below only reflects planned or long-term closures.

Length Limits and Advisories

Generals Highway (Foothills to Lodgepole)

Current status: OPEN
Closed occasionally during and after snowstorms for plowing. Chains may be required for all vehicles. See Vehicle Restrictions for more information.

Generals Highway "The Road Between the Parks" (Lodgepole to Grant Grove)

Current status: OPEN
Closes occasionally during and after snowstorms for plowing. Chains may be required for all vehicles.

Highway 180 (Grant Grove to Cedar Grove)

Current status: CLOSED
Closed 6 miles east of Grant Grove Village in winter. Hume Lake is still accessible via Highway 180. Chains may be required for all vehicles on open roadways.

CalTrans closed Hwy 180 to Cedar Grove at 12 noon on Nov. 12, 2014.

Visit Information about Highway 180 outside Kings Canyon or call CalTrans at 800-427-7623 for current road status.

Mineral King Road (Sequoia National Park)

Current Status: CLOSED
Closed in winter and spring. Open May 21 - Oct. 27, 2014, weather permitting. Partially unpaved. RVs and trailers not recommended.

Crystal Cave Road (Sequoia National Park)

Current status: OPEN
Open for 2014 cave tour season on May 10 - November 30, 2014, weather permitting. Closes with snow. May operate earlier and/or later if weather allows.

Moro Rock/Crescent Meadow Road (Sequoia National Park)

Current status: OPEN
Generally closed in winter and spring
. May close with new snow.
Open May - 21 November 12, 2014, weather permitting. May open earlier or remain open later if weather conditions allow.

During shuttle operations: (May 22 - September 1, 2014) road is closed to private vehicles on weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. through late afternoon.

Wolverton Road (Sequoia National Park)

Current status: OPEN
Parking and snow-play areas will be open Friday-Sunday, Wednesday, and on holidays for 2014-15 winter recreation activities, and access to Pear Lake Ski Hut. If road is passable and safe for travel without plowing it will remain open during the week.

Hume Lake/Tenmile Road (Sequoia National Forest)

From Princess Campground on Highway 180 to Hume Lake (3 miles):
Open year-round. Chains may be required.

From Hume Lake to the Generals Highway at Quail Flat
(7 miles):
Closes with snow. Not plowed in winter. Accessible when snow melts.

Big Meadows Road (Turn off the Generals Highway between Quail Flat and Monticeto Resort in Sequoia National Forest).

Current status: OPEN
Closed in winter and spring.
Opens with snowmelt.

Redwood Mountain Road (Kings Canyon National Park)

Current status: OPEN
Turn off the Generals Highway opposite Quail Flat. Unpaved. Closed in winter and spring with snow. Not plowed.
Opens with spring snowmelt.

Panoramic Point Road (Kings Canyon National Park)

Current status: OPEN
Turn off by the John Muir Lodge in Grant Grove. No trailers or motorhomes. Closed in winter and spring with snow.

South Fork Road (Sequoia National Park)

Open year-round.
Turn off Highway 198 in Three Rivers approximately 6 miles south of the Ash Mountain Entrance. Partially unpaved; s
lippery when wet.

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