Current Conditions

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  • Alert 1 , Severity ,information ,, Road Construction Delays Due to road construction between the Sequoia National Park entrance and the Giant Forest, delays are in effect. From October 22 through November 2, expect up to 2-hour delays from 8am to 4pm on weekdays. On Saturdays and Sundays, expect 20 minute delays.
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Be prepared for winter conditions and icy roads. For the most up-to-date 24-hour road conditions and advisories, please call (559) 565-3341 (press 1,1).

A road construction project between the Sequoia park entrance and the Giant Forest 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.

If you travel here, check forecasts before you come, and drive safely! If you plan to hike in park wilderness, check trail conditions before your trip.

Mineral King Road and Mineral King campgrounds will close at noon on 10/31.

Weather is cooling down in the Foothills, and it's a great time to hike. Bees are active on the Marble Fork Trail; please take precautions if allergic.

Highway 180 to Cedar Grove and Cedar Grove Visitor Center are closed for the season. The Zumwalt Meadow Trail in Cedar Grove is partially closed due to construction. The riverside section of the trail will remain open for travel through the meadow, but may close intermittently.

 

Weather

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.

 
A hiker crossed a pitted snowfield

Trail Conditions

Check recent updates for park wilderness trails

A ranger talks with a driver on a snowy roadway

Road Information

See scheduled opening and closing dates for park roads

People around a campfire

Fire Restrictions

Campfires may be prohibited when fire danger is extreme.

 

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: October 22, 2018

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Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone:

(559) 565-3341

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