~Page last updated April 16, 2021~
Current Road and Weather Conditions
Warm conditions in the foothills can be deceptive! At higher elevations, such as Grant Grove, Lodgepole, and the Giant Forest, winter can linger. As unlikely as it sounds, it's not uncommon for those areas to get snowfall in May. If you travel to the sequoia groves, expect winter closures to still be in place on many park roads until later in spring.
Grant Grove Area Conditions
In the Grant Grove area, almost all of the winter snowpack has melted and there is no snow in snowplay areas. Higher-elevation trails may still be covered by snow.
Giant Forest / Lodgepole Area Conditions
Warm weather has melted nearly all of the snow in the Giant Forest and Lodgepole areas, and there is no snow at Wolverton Snowplay Area. You may find some snow on shady north-facing slopes, but nearly all trails are bare and dry. Unless you hike to higher elevations, hiking boots should be appropriate for most trails near the sequoia groves.
Foothills Area Conditions
Currently, the mild weather in the foothills offers opportunities for dayhiking. Our rangers report blooms of pink manzanita and redbuds, purple lupine, and orange poppies! Many new wildflowers are beginning to emerge and trees are sprouting green leaves as well. This time of year, keep on the lookout for harmless, bright-red newts on trails or near the water's edge. As you hike, consider that warm temperatures mean that rattlesnakes may begin to emerge, and ticks may be present.
Wildfire-Related Closure in Sequoia National Park
The Dillonwood area wilderness area closure in Sequoia remains in effect, due to impacts from the SQF Complex fires.
Campgrounds are beginning to reopen in these parks. For more information, please visit our 2021 Campground Opening page.
Two visitor centers are providing outdoor information services, weather depedent: Foothills Visitor Center and Giant Forest Museum. Kings Canyon Visitor Center is open, but only a few people are permitted to enter at a time. Park stores at each visitor center are open, offering sales of books, trail maps, and other educational items. Exhibit halls and theaters are closed.
Lodging and Food Services
In Sequoia National Park: Wuksachi Lodge and Gift Shop are open. Limited to-go food services available. In Kings Canyon National Park: John Muir Lodge and some Grant Grove cabins open on April 2, 2021. Grant Grove Market is open, as is Grant Grove Gift Shop. For more information about lodging and other commercial operations opening in April, please visit Delaware North's website or contact their reservations number: (866) 807-3598.
Overnight backpacking into wilderness areas is available with a self-issued wilderness permit until May 27, 2021 at your nearest permit-issuing station. The quota season begins May 28, 2021 and it is recommended that reservations are made on Recreation.gov. For more information, check our Wilderness Permits web page.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks urge you to follow National Park Service and CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Your safety is our number one priority. The health and safety of staff and visitors alike is critical to us. Please follow COVID-19 safety procedures. In accordance with guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities in relation to the pandemic, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are working to increase access to facilities.
Information on Neighboring Public Lands
Traveling to Yosemite National Park? Reservations will be required to enter the park for day use beginning February 8.
Last updated: April 16, 2021