• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • The Generals Highway "Road Between the Parks" is OPEN

    The section of road between Lodgepole (Sequoia) and Grant Grove (Kings Canyon) is open. Call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1) for 24-hour road updates.

  • 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 »

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  • 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 »

Trail Conditions

This website will be updated as trail conditions are reported by visitors and park staff. Reports are limited or may be unavailable in the winter months. Conditions may be reported by e-mail using the following link: e-mail us

Snowpack measurements in the parks as of April 1 show that there is approximately 47% of the average snowpack in the Kings and San Joaquin River Drainages, 18% in the Kaweah River Drainage, and 38% in the Kern River Drainage. Snowpack data are available at: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow

IN KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Northern Kings Canyon Park
Cedar Grove/Road's End
Grant Grove/Roaring River

IN SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK
Lodgepole/Wolverton
Foothills (Ash Mountain)/South Fork
Mineral King


Kern
East Side (Inyo National Forest)


 

NORTHERN KINGS CANYON

Trail/Destination Date Conditions
Evolution Valley/Basin 4/2 expect winter conditions
Muir Pass 4/2 expect winter conditions
LeConte Canyon/Dusy Basin/Palisade Creek 4/2

expect winter conditions. Washouts on the Middle Fork of the Kings above Devil's Washbowl. Impassable to stock.

Mather Pass 4/2 expect winter conditions
Bench Lake Area 4/2 expect winter conditions
Pinchot Pass 4/2 expect winter conditions
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CEDAR GROVE/ROAD'S END: Highway 180 will open April 24, 2014 for "day use" (the campgrounds and facilities are closed). Self-issue permits are available for backpackers.

Trail/Destination Date Conditions
Lewis Creek/Kennedy Pass 4/2

expect winter conditions.

The trail is very faint with extensive overgrowth in Kennedy Canyon and on Dead Pine Ridge. Route finding skills are necessary.

Sphinx Creek Trail
4/2 expect winter conditions
Granite Lakes & vicinity 4/2 expect winter conditions
Copper Creek 4/2

expect winter conditions

Woods Creek 4/2 expect winter conditions
Glen Pass 4/2 expect winter conditions
Kearsarge Pass 4/2

expect winter conditions

Bubbs Creek

4/2

expect winter conditions

Avalanche Pass 4/2

expect winter conditions

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GRANT GROVE/ROARING RIVER

Trail/Destination Date Conditions
Sugarloaf Valley/Roaring River 4/2 expect winter conditions
Colby Pass/Cloud Canyon 4/2

expect winter conditions

Elizabeth Pass/Deadman Canyon 4/2

expect winter conditions

JO Pass 4/2

expect winter conditions

Lots of down trees make minor route finding necessary. The sign at the junction of Rowell Meadow and JO Pass is missing.

Seville/Ranger/Lost Lakes/Belle Canyon 4/2 expect winter conditions
Redwood Canyon 4/2

expect winter conditions

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LODGEPOLE/WOLVERTON: Crescent Meadow Road and Wolverton Road may be closed due to snow. Wolverton Road will be plowed during weekends and Holidays.

Trail/Destination

Date Conditions
Twin Lakes Trail

4/2 expect winter conditions
Panther Gap/Alta Peak

4/2 expect winter conditions

Pear Lake Trail

*Winter: Reservations are required at the Pear Lake Hut.



4/2

The Watchtower route is closed due to hazardous ice and snow conditions.

Visit www.sequoiahistory.org and click Pear Lake Ski Hut and Conditions for updated information.

High Sierra Trail/Kaweah Gap



4/2

expect winter conditions

Lone Pine Creek/Tamarack Lake

4/2 expect winter conditions



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FOOTHILLS: Be aware of poison oak, ticks, and rattlesnakes in these areas.

Trail/Destination Date Conditions

Middle Fork Trail 4/2 Dry trail. Streams flowing.

Garfield Grove Trail (S. Fork Rd)
4/2 Dry trail. Streams flowing.

Ladybug Trail (S. Fork Rd.)

Lower Colony Mill Trail (N. Fork Rd.)

4/2

Dry trails. Streams flowing



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MINERAL KING: Road closed at the park boudary (about 10 miles from highway 198) until Spring 2014. Inquire at the Foothills Visitor Center for a pass through this first gate. No vehicle access past the second gate (about 17 miles from highway 198). Self-issue permits are available near Atwell Mill and at the Ranger Station.

Trail/Destination Date Conditions
Paradise Ridge Trail 4/2

expect winter conditions

Downed trees make trail to Paradise Peak difficult to find. Some route finding skills are necessary.

Timber Gap 4/2

expect winter conditions

Glacier Pass 4/2

expect winter conditions

Little Five/Big Five Lakes 4/2

expect winter conditions

Blackrock Pass 4/2 expect winter conditions



Sawtooth Pass to Columbine Lake 4/2

expect winter conditions

There is no trail over the pass and some cross-country hiking experience and moderate route-finding skills are required.

Franklin Lakes/Franklin Pass 4/2 expect winter conditions
Farewell Gap 4/2 expect winter conditions
White Chief/Eagle Lake/Mosquito Lakes 4/2 expect winter conditions
Hockett Meadow 4/2

expect winter conditions

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KERN:

Trail/Destination Date Conditions
Forester Pass 4/2

expect winter conditions

Tyndall Area 4/2

expect winter conditions

Crabtree Meadow/Whitney Area 4/2

expect winter conditions

Rock Creek/Miter Basin 4/2

expect winter conditions

Trail from Soldier Lake to Rock Creek not stock passable due to erosion.

Kern Canyon 4/2

expect winter conditions

Siberian Pass Creek 4/2

expect winter conditions

Rattlesnake/Soda Creeks 4/2

expect winter conditions

Big Arroyo/Nine Lake Basin 4/2

expect winter conditions

Kern-Kaweah/Colby Pass 4/2

expect winter conditions

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EAST SIDE (INYO NATIONAL FOREST) For further information on the following trails, contact the Inyo National Forest Wilderness Office at 760-873-2400.

Trail/Destination Date Conditions

Piute Pass

Bishop Pass

4/2

4/2

expect winter conditons

expect winter conditions

Taboose Pass 4/2

expect winter conditions

Sections of trail washed out.

Sawmill Pass 4/2

expect winter conditons

Large sections of trail washed out.

Baxter Pass 4/2

expect winter conditions

This trail is extremely difficult to follow due to damage caused by fire and flash floods in previous years. It is not recommended for most hikers.

Kearsarge Pass 4/2

expect winter conditions

The three food-storage lockers will NOT be available for use.

Shepherd Pass 4/2

expect winter conditions

ADVISORY Not stock passable. A flash flood has created several gullies 20-30 ft. deep with near-vertical faces along the trail between Mahogany Flat and the Pothole on the east side (Inyo NF) side of Shepherd Pass. Symmes Creek near the eastern end of the trail is also scoured out...in places up to 50-60 ft wide and 20 ft deep. Hikers attempting to cross the gullies are at risk of dislodging rocks and causing severe injuries.

Mount Whitney Trail 4/2

expect winter conditions

New Army Pass 4/2

expect winter conditions


Army Pass 4/2

expect winter conditions

Cottonwood Pass 4/2

expect winter conditions

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New Army Pass
New Army Pass
Photo by N. Ver

Did You Know?

Toppled sequoia tree.

Sequoias get so large because they grow fast over a long lifetime. They live so long because they are resistant to many insects and diseases, and because they can survive most fires. Sequoias do have a weakness — a shallow root system. The main cause of death among mature sequoias is toppling.