Current Conditions

Alerts

Caution


After a week of sunny spring weather, rain and snow have returned.

At the elevation of the sequoia groves, a mix of rain and snow are expected over the next few days. Trails are icy and snowy, but the snow isn't deep. If you're hiking, we recommend traction devices or crampons and waterproof shoes. For longer walks, consider using snowshoes. Cross-country skiing is difficult because of poor snow conditions and debris on trails. Roads may be icy or snowy, especially in the morning. At Wolverton snow-play area, a running stream of water makes it difficult to reach the sledding hill. In Grant Grove, snow is melting quickly at the snow-play areas and there are bare patches of ground and other hazards.

In the foothills, high temperatures in the 70s are in the forecast, though mornings and evenings are still chilly. Wildflowers are blooming and blue oaks are leafing out! Look for fiddlenecks, miners lettuce, buck brush, lupines, and more. The abundance of water is promising an excellent wildflower season. It's a great time to hike in the foothills if you avoid creek crossings. Rivers and creeks are high; do not get too close to them.

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.

 
 

Seasonal Information

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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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