Current Conditions



Winter is here and snow is on the way, especially at elevations above 6,500 feet (2,000 m), where the sequoias grow. Tire chains may be required at any time. If chain control is in effect, all vehicles must carry them, including those with snow tires or AWD/4WD. If you travel here, drive safely!

A road construction project between the Foothills and the Giant Forest is causing significant driving delays and limits on long vehicles. Get details on the delays and advice on timing your drive to minimize them. Because of construction, vehicles over 22 feet in length are prohibited on the highway between the foothills and Giant Forest. If you drive a longer vehicle, use the northern entrance at Kings Canyon National Park via Highway 180.

In Giant Forest, Lodgepole, and Grant Grove, temperatures are cool during the day and chilly at night. Weather is great for hiking, but snow is coming soon. Check forecasts before you come.

In the Foothills, weather is comfortable and the rainy season is here.

Mineral King Road and Highway 180 to Cedar Grove have 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.

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Trail Conditions

Check recent updates for park wilderness trails

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Road Information

See scheduled opening and closing dates for park roads

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Fire Restrictions

Campfires may be prohibited when fire danger is extreme.


Last updated: November 22, 2017

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47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271


(559) 565-3341

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