Tire chains may be required on some park roads.When snow chains are required, they can be rented or bought in neighboring towns. Current road information is available 24 hours a day at (559) 565-3341, then press 1, 1.
At the elevation of the sequoia groves, some trails have patchy snow and ice, but others are nearly clear of snow. Depending on elevation and exposure, trails in both Giant Forest and Grant Grove may be icy and slippery, especially in the mornings. In Giant Forest, the main trail to the Sherman Tree is open, and the smaller parking area along the highway is now reserved for people with accessibility placards. Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow Road is closed to vehicles, though it could open at any time. We do not recommend hiking to the top of Moro Rock if there is ice on the stairway. In Grant Grove, you can hike the Grant Tree Trail, North Grove Loop, Big Stump Trail, and Dead Giant Loop with hiking boots or shoes, though some areas may be exteremely wet with melting snow. Panoramic Point Road is closed to vehicles until snow at the upper end of the road melts, though it is open to hikers.
For longer walks to higher elevations, consider using snowshoes. Cross-country skiing is difficult because of poor snow conditions and debris on trails until you reach higher elevations.
Roads may be icy or snowy, especially in the morning. At Wolverton snow-play area, snow conditions are poor and a running stream of water that makes it difficult to reach the sledding hill. In Grant Grove snow-play areas, the snow is nearly gone.
The opening of Lodgepole Campground has been delayed until May 3rd because of snow levels in the campsites.
In the foothills, high temperatures in the 60s and 70s are in the forecast, though mornings and evenings are still chilly. Wildflowers are blooming and blue oaks are leafing out! Look for fiddlenecks, miners lettuce, buck brush, lupines, brodeaia, and more. The abundance of water is promising an excellent wildflower season. It's a great time to hike in the foothills if you avoid creek crossings. Rivers and creeks are high; do not get too close to them.
Crews are working on the roads to the Cedar Grove and Mineral King areas.
For a recording on the most current park road conditions, call (559) 565-3341, then press 1, then 1 again.
Winter is a great time to visit these parks, but only if you're prepared. Check forecasts and road conditions before your visit.
Because of the extreme elevation range in these parks, weather conditions vary widely between areas. In summer, the sequoia groves have comfortable temperatures and the foothills are hot and dry. Snow lingers on high-mountain passes well into summer. In fall, some areas close or reduce their hours. Winter brings snow to sequoia groves and rain to the foothills. Be prepared for tire chain requirements. Spring is a great time to hike in the foothills and snow begins to melt at higher elevations.
Tire Chains and Winter Driving
Snow and ice may be on park roads any time from early fall through late spring. It varies from year to year, but it's important to be prepared. Due to constantly changing conditions, please call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1) for current, 24-hour road status and advisories.
Before you visit, check our winter driving information, which includes a list of locations near park entrances where tire chains can be rented or purchased.