• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • Road Construction Delays on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    Expect occasional 15-minute to 1-hour delays in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks on weekdays only (times vary), 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, and your vehicle is longer than 22 feet (combined length), 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 »

Skiing & Snowshoeing

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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.

 
Skiier near Pear Lake ski hut
Skiier near Pear Lake.
NPS Photo
 

Ranger-guided nature programs on snowshoes
Snowshoe walks are usually offered at Wuksachi Lodge on Saturdays and holidays when conditions permit. The park provides snowshoes free for the two-hour, one-mile walk. Group size is limited, so reserve your place at any visitor center or by calling the Giant Forest Museum at 559-565-4480 for the Wuksachi walk.

*** All snowshoe walks are tentative, and may be cancelled due to insufficient snow or other events. A decision will be made by 9 a.m. each morning if a program will be cancelled.

Note: snowshoeing may be strenuous and difficult for small children.

For all scheduled programs visit: Ranger-led Programs

Cross-country skiing
If there is sufficient snow, many areas of the park may be accessed by skis. Cross-country skis are available for rent at the Wuksachi Lodge and the Grant Grove Gift Shop. Please avoid residential areas, plowed roads, and other areas as signed.

Pear Lake Ski Hut
The Pear Lake Ski Hut, in Sequoia National Park, is open for use by the general public mid-December through April. It is located 3/8 of a mile north of Pear Lake at 9,200 feet (2804 meters) and is reached by ascending a steep six miles of trail from Wolverton Meadow (7,200 feet). This advanced level ski/snowshoe trail offers a chance to explore the beautiful wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains in winter. The hut sleeps 10 people and is heated by a wood pellet stove (pellets provided). Fee is $38-$42 per night, per person. more...

 
Map showing cross country ski and snowshoe areas
Map showing locations where skis and snowshoes may be rented.
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Did You Know?

Beautiful white spar crystals.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks could have been set aside solely to protect the amazing caves found here. The parks protect half of the caves more than a mile long in California, including the longest cave in the state. They contain Pleistocene-era fossils, rare minerals and unique animals.