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In the foreground, there is a display of a cluster of purple-pink flowers on the end of a woody branch, with similar but out-of-focus clusters in the background. A bee rests on a flower near the right side of the image.
A bee gathers pollen from a redbud blossom during spring in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

NPS Photo / S. Boerke

Spring Begins to Arrive in the Giant Sequoia Groves

Check weather forecasts for your visit. While the foothills have been experiencing spring budding, flowering, and leaving out for a month, spring is only beginning in the giant sequoia groves. Spring is a lovely time to hike in the foothills, but be on the lookout for poison oak and ticks. Long pants and sunscreen are recommended. Snow patches linger in the groves, and morning and evening temperatures can still be below freezing in the mountains.

Planning to visit the giant sequoias? Expect cooler temperatures and even fresh snow during storms in Grant Grove and Giant Forest.

If you're planning to visit the sequoias, bring warm clothing for cool temperatures such as long pants, a jacket, a hat, and gloves. Temperatures in sequoia groves can be below freezing in the mornings and evenings. When rain is forecast for the foothills, there may be fresh snow or very cold rain falling in the sequoia groves.

Expect some construction delays on Generals Highway. See the Road Conditions link below.

 
 

Area-Specific Conditions

 

Map of Current Closures at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Click on a line or point for the name of the closed location.

Road and trail closures are shown in red. Individual point closures are shown with black pins. Area closures are shown in yellow.
Closures can change at any time and may differ from what is shown on this map.

 
 
  • The Sequoia National Park entrance station
    Avoiding Traffic Congestion

    Weekends and holidays are busy! Learn how to minimize your wait at park entrance stations.

  • A line of people in hard hats hike through a burned forest
    learn more about
    Fire Restrictions

    Learn what level of fire restrictions the parks have enacted and what they entail.

  • Western Pacific Rattlesnake curled in pine needles at base of charred tree.
    General Safety

    Whether you trek into wilderness or stay close to your car, review tips on staying safe in these parks.

  • A metal food storage box is provided at each campsite.
    Store Food to Protect Wildlife

    Bears are active day and night. When camping or picnicking, all food, trash, and any item with a scent must be stored in food-storage boxes.

  • A river flows through a steep rocky canyon. Photo by Naoko Otani.
    Rivers

    The rivers in these parks are powerful and cold, and drowning is our most frequent cause of death. Learn more about river safety.

  • A person pushing another person in a wheelchair pauses a moment on a snowy trail.
    Accessibility

    We offer recreational opportunities suited for a wide range of abilities, including exhibits, walking, camping, and shuttle transportation.

 

Last updated: May 24, 2024

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47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

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