Current Conditions

Alerts

Park Closure

Caution


A series of winter storms has affected road conditions, and a new winter storm will bring more heavy rain and snow this week.

At the elevation of the sequoia groves, up to five feet of snow is expected between Wednesday, January 18 and Tuesday, January 24. Because of impacts from the storm, the Generals Highway is currently closed from Hospital Rock Picnic Area to Lodgepole. There is no road access to the Giant Forest and Lodgepole. If you have reservations for Wuksachi Lodge, please call them at (866) 807-3598.

At lower elevations, over five inches of rain is in the forecast for January 18-24. Beware of rocks, branches, ice, and mud on the road as . In addition to debris, some places have deep puddles and flowing water. Rivers and creeks are high.

Park roads and snowplay areas received heavy rain. At Wolverton snowplay area in Sequoia National Park, the sledding hill is inaccessible due to a significant stream of water flowing between the parking lot and the hill. This weather also increases the hazards of trips into the wilderness.

The National Weather Service offers details at weather.gov. If you come to the parks, be cautious and be prepared.

For a recording on the most current park road conditions, call (559) 565-3341, then press 1, then 1 again.

 

Weather

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.

 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone:

(559) 565-3341
Recorded information is available 24 hours a day. Park staff answers calls on weekdays from 8:15 am - 4:15 pm.

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