A road construction project between the Sequoia park entrance and the Giant Forest will is underway. There are delays and vehicle length limits. If your vehicle is longer than 22 feet, it is prohibited on the Generals Highway between Hospital Rock Picnic Area and Giant Forest Museum. Consider using the northern entrance to Kings Canyon National Park on Highway 180 instead of the southern entrance to Sequoia national Park on Highway 198.
Highway 180 to Cedar Grove, Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow Road and Mineral King Road are now open!
Winter weather damaged a section of Mineral King Road between the ranger station and Sawtooth Trailhead. It's roughly graded, but drivers will need to drive slowly. In Mineral King, snow persists on mountain passes until late in the year, and special skills and equipment are needed to cross them. Creek crossings may be dangerous as temperatures climb and snow melts. Check at the ranger station for current conditions. Marmots are active, and we recommend taking steps to prevent vehicle damage.
Weather is comfortable in Lodgepole, Giant Forest, and Grant Grove, and trails in the sequoia groves are nearly clear of snow. There's still snow at higher elevations, and if you plan to hike in park wilderness, check trail conditions before your trip.
At Cedar Grove, stream crossings may be difficult. Please check trail conditions before you hike and use caution around water. Parking in this area can be challenging. As with elsewhere in the park, please do not park along the roadside, but instead find a parking area or pullout, especially when visiting Zumwalt Meadow/Roaring River Falls and Road's End.
Spring is nearly over in the Foothills! The hillsides are brown at the lowest elevations, but wildflowers are still blooming. If you hike, be aware of conditions at creek crossings and be prepared to turn back if creeks look like they may be too dangerous to cross.
Bears are active throughout the park. Please read our information on proper food storage before your visit.
Tire chains may be required at any time. Check road conditions by calling (559) 565-3341. If chain control is in effect, all vehicles must carry them, including those with snow tires or AWD/4WD. If you travel here, check forecasts before you come, and drive safely!
It's always a good idea to check forecasts 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.
Last updated: June 18, 2018