Meadow Opening Dates

Two horses graze in a meadow

Each year, opening dates for grazing are established for the wilderness meadows of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Setting opening dates for the meadows allow the parks to protect biological and scenic resources from unacceptable impacts that may occur when the meadows are too wet.

As meadows are most susceptible to damage from stock when ground moisture levels are high, opening dates are established based on the amount of precipitation that the wilderness receives over the winter.

Recognizing that commercial outfitters, recreational users, and park operations need to be able to plan trips in advance, we issue bulletins two times during the spring season to keep all stock users informed.The bulletins update current conditions and anticipated opening dates. All bulletins are advisory only, the actual opening dates of specific meadows will be determined in the field. For final opening dates call the Wilderness Office prior to your trip at 559-565-3766.

Opening dates are anticipated based on snowpack in the wilderness.The snowpack is the best indicator we have of the amount of moisture the meadows received.The park has a series of snow courses that are measured periodically through the winter, with the late April snowpack measurements giving the latest and last estimate of conditions. We are providing this bulletin as tentative information based on late April/early May conditions.

Current Meadow Opening Dates

For tentative opening dates for grazing in wilderness meadows, check our 2017 April Grazing Advisory Bulletin. Also see updates to opening dates below.

2017 is categorized as a wet year in the Kings, San Joaquin River drainages and the Kaweah and Kern River drainages. Please see the April Grazing Advisory above. According to the amount of moisture in the snowpack, we categorize the year as one of the following:

1) Dry (less than 50% of average snowpack)

2) Normal (51% to 150% of the average snowpack)

3) Wet (more than 150% of the average snowpack)

Opening dates in wet years are later than dry years.

If you are planning a trip on or near the opening date for a particular area it is your responsibility to contact the parks' Wilderness Office at 559-565-3766 for the latest update on conditions. Note that the opening dates only restrict grazing. Pack trips prior to the opening dates are permitted as long as all feed is packed in and stock remain tied up at all times. For a complete list of meadows, please see the 2017 Stock Users Guide.

Your cooperation in managing stock use in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is appreciated. Together we can continue to protect the natural diversity and beauty of the Sierra wilderness.

 

Current Changes to Opening Dates

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK

South Fork San Joaquin River
Mdw 33-1 Evolution Mdw delay opening to 8/14

Kings River Drainage
Mdw 39-2 Big Pete Mdw delay opening to 9/1
Mdw 39-3 Little Pete Mdw delay opening to 9/1
Mdw 58-1 Castle Domes Mdw. delay opening to 8/10
Mdw 58-3 Baxter Creek Drift Fence delay opening to 8/10
Mdw 65-3 Upper Viddette delay opening to 8/23
Mdw 65-4 Upper Bubbs Creek delay opening to 8/14
Mdw 63-1 Charlotte Creek Meadow delay opening date to 8/8
Mdw 70-4 Cement Table Meadow delayed to 8/25
Mdw 70-5 Big Wet Meadow delayed to 9/1
Mdw 70-6 Grand Palace Hotel delayed to 8/25

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK

Kern River Drainage
All meadows in Zones 80, 81 and 82 have been delayed opening until 8/1
Mdw 81-2.3 Wallace Creek Waterfall delay openeing to 8/17
Mdw 81-2.3 Wallace Creek opens 8/10
Mdw 83-4 Upper Crabtree delay opening to 8/27
Mdw 83-8 Sandy Mdw delay opening to 8/8
Mdw 85-4 Penned-up Meadow delay opening to 8/22
Mdw 85-6 Lower Soldier Laks Meadows delay opening to 8/29
Mdw 85-7 New Army Pass Jct Meadows delay opening to 8/29
Mdw 85-8.1 Rock Creek Lake Meadow delay opening to 9/12
Mdw 85-8. 2 Rock Creek Lake Stringer delay opening to 9/12
Mdw 85-10 Nathan's Meadow delay opening to 9/5
Mdw 87-1 Upper Big Arroyo delay opening to 8/23
Mdw 87-2 Little Upper Big Arroyo delay opening to 8/23
Mdw 87-3 Big Arroyo Patrol Cabin delay opening to 8/23
Mdw 87-4 Lower Big Arroyo delay opening to 8/23
Mdw 87-5 Chagoopa Plateau Meadow #1 delay opening to 8/23
Mdw 87-6 Chagoopa Plateau Meadow #2 delay opening to 8/23
Mdw 87-8 Chagoopa Plateau Meadow #4 delay opening to 8/23
Mdw 87-9 Chagoopa Plateau Treehouse Meadow delay opening to 8/23
Mdw 87-10 Sky Parlor Meadow delay opening to 8/23
Mdw 89-2.1 Upper Lost Canyon Long Meadow delay opening to 8/20
Mdw 89-2.2 Upper Lost Canyon Little Meadow delay opening to 8/20
Mdw 89-3.1 Lost Canyon Big Sidehill Meadow delay opening 8/20

Kaweah River Drainage
Hockett Plateau; All meadows in zones 90 have been delayed opening until 7/27
Mdw 77-2 Lower Bearpaw Meadow delay opening to 8/15
Mdw 77-5 Redwood Meadow delay opening to 8/15
Mdw 77-7 Pinto Lake Meadow delay opeoing to 8/15

Last updated: August 17, 2017

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47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone:

(559) 565-3341

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