A recent winter storm only brought light snow to these parks. At Grant Grove, there's an inch or so on the ground, and at Giant Forest, the snow isn't sticking. There's not enough snow for sledding at any park snowplay area. Check weather forecasts for updates on storms and snowfall.
No plowing is scheduled for the Generals Highway between Lodgepole (at Red Fir) and Grant Grove (at the Woodward Gate) until spring. It will remain closed until the snow melts.
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!
A road construction project between the Foothills and the Giant Forest is suspended for the winter and there are currently no dirving delays. When the project begins again in spring 2018, and there will be delays and vehicle length limits.
The rainy season has arrived in the Foothills. Green grass is growing and wildflowers are coming soon! As we get more rain, hikers should be aware of conditions at creek crossings.
Mineral King Road and Highway 180 to Cedar Grove are now closed for winter.
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: January 19, 2018