• 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

Weather

Please read important park alerts by clicking the red tab above before you come to the parks.

Temperature varies by elevation. Because the parks range from 1,500 feet to 14,494 feet in elevation (457 m to 4,418 m), conditions change drastically depending on where you are! Continue to the bottom of this page if you need links to weather forecasts.

THE FOOTHILLS (chaparral shrubs and oak woodlands), below ~4,000':
These lower elevations are characterized by mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Precipitation usually occurs from January to mid-May; rain in the summer is rare. Average rainfall is about 26" (66 cm). During the winter, low-hanging clouds often drift in from the west, obscuring the countryside for several days at a time.

*FOOTHILLS
TEMPERATURES
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

Extreme Low

20°
-7C

22°
-6C

26°
-3C

29°
-2C

31°
1C

38°
3C

42°
6C

46°
8C

37°
3C

30°
-1C

26°
-3C

18°
-8C

Average Low

36°
2C

39°
4C

41°
5C

46°
8C

52°
11C

61°
16C

68°
20C

67°
20C

52°
11C

43°
6C

37°
3C

36°
2C

Average High

57°
14C

61°
16C

64°
18C

70°
21C

79°
26C

89°
32C

97°
36C

96°
36C

91°
33C

80°
27C

67°
19C

58°
14C

Extreme High

84°
29C

85°
29C

85°
29C

92°
33C

104°
40C

114°
46C

113°
45C

111°
44C

112°
44C

103°
39C

93°
34C

82°
28C

*(Fahrenheit over Celsius)

THE MIDDLE ELEVATIONS (the conifer forest belt, including giant sequoia groves), ~4,000' to 7,000':
Summer in this forested area of the parks offers warm days and cool evenings. These elevations receive an average of 40-45" (102-114 cm) of precipitation annually. Much of this falls during the winter, resulting in a deep blanket of snow from December to May. Sub-zero temperatures are rare. In the summer, occasional afternoon thundershowers may occur.

In fall and winter, Lodgepole Campground is generally 10-15 degrees F (6-9°C) colder than the average middle-elevation temperature shown on the chart.

Summer temperatures in Cedar Grove are generally hotter than the average for the middle elevations, and cooler than the foothills. Mid-summer temperatures may reach the 90°s (35-40°C). Cedar Grove is closed in the winter due to frequent rockfalls on the road.

*MIDDLE ELEVATION TEMPERATURES
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Extreme Low

-6°
-21C

-4°
-21C

0°18C


-13C

13°
-11C

22°
-6C

34° 1C

28°
-2C

23°
-5C

11°
-12C


-20C

-4°
-20C

Average Low

24°
-4C

25°
-4C

26°
-3C

30°
-1C

36° 2C

44° 7C

51°11C

50°10C

45° 7C

38° 3C

31°
-1C

27°
-3C

Average High

42° 6C

44° 7C

46° 8C

51° 11C

58° 14C

68°20C

76°24C

76°24C

71°22C

61°16C

50°10C

44° 7C

Extreme High

68°20C

70°21C

76°24C

77° 25C

83°28C

91° 33C

92°33C

94°34C

90°32C

82°28C

96°36C

73°23C

*(Fahrenheit over Celsius)

 

Click National Weather Service: Parks of the Southern Sierra for a written current forecast for Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite national parks.
Or, click National Weather Service map, which gives you a map of south-central California. Click anywhere on that map to get a point forecast for a specific elevation. (For the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park, click the dot labelled "Sequoia National Park" on the right side of the map. The weather given for that point is usually a few degrees cooler than the weather in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon).

For recordings of current park weather and road conditions, call 559-565-3341.

For the current view west from the Giant Forest sequoia grove, click Giant Forest Webcam.

For California road conditions, click Caltrans or call 1-800-427-7623.

Interested in the snowpack and water resources of the Sierra Nevada? Click here.

Did You Know?

Sign indicating no pets allowed.

Dogs are not permitted on any park trails or on the summer shuttle, except service dogs. This allows for more frequent wildlife sightings, ensures that other visitors and wildlife will not be annoyed or frightened by dogs, and saves cleanup on trails. You can take dogs on leashes on US Forest Service trails.