Park Shuttles

A large shuttle bus in Giant Forest

Alison Taggart-Barone

 
 

Sequoia Shuttles in 2021

In summer, the Sequoia Shuttle offers free rides in Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest and Lodgepole areas. Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, a limited number of shuttle routes will be in operation at the start of the 2021 season and the number of riders will be restricted to allow for social distancing. More routes may be added and capacity may be increased later this year. Check below for a list of routes that will operate in early summer.

 

Early Summer Shuttle Schedule

Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, a limited number of shuttle routes will be in operation at the start of the 2021 season and the number of riders will be restricted to allow for social distancing. Masks are required for all riders. More routes may be added and capacity may be increased later this year.

When riding the shuttle, conserve parking by using our larger parking areas at Wolverton and Lodgepole Campground. The parking area at the Giant Forest Museum is usually full by mid-morning on weekends and holidays.

 
A line map showing shuttle routes
 
Sequoia Shuttle Route 1

Giant Forest | Green Route 1 | Free

Departs every 7 minutes from 8:00 am - 6:30 pm.

  • Lodgepole
  • General Sherman Tree Accessible Trail
  • Giant Forest Museum
 
Wolverton Route 4

General Sherman Tree Trails | Orange Route 4 | Free

Departs every 15 minutes from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

  • Giant Forest Museum
  • General Sherman Tree Accessible Trailhead
  • Wolverton Trailhead and Picnic Area
 

Routes that are Temporarily Out of Service

As the 2021 shuttle season begins, the following routes aren't operating. They may be back later this summer:

  • Route 2 along Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow Road
  • Route 3 between Lodgepole, Wuksachi Lodge, and Dorst Creek Campground
  • The Visalia Route from Visalia and Three Rivers to Giant Forest Museum
 

Tips for Shuttle Riders

Parking

When riding the shuttle, conserve parking by using our larger parking areas at Wolverton and Lodgepole Campground. The parking area at Giant Forest Museum is often full by mid-morning on weekends and holidays.

Before Leaving Your Vehicle

Remove all food and scented items from your car or campsite and store them in a bear-resistant box. Learn about bears and required food storage before you come to the parks.

Shuttle Stops

Signs at each stop provide details about bus times and areas of interest at each stop. Some stops are along a loop, and others have shuttles that travel in different directions. Ask the driver for the time of the last pickup to be sure you make it back to your stop in time.

Walk and Ride

Consider taking the shuttle to your destination and walking back to your vehicle. Walking back ensures that there is no risk of missing the last shuttle of the day.

Plan Ahead

Pack a small backpack with what you need for the day: park newspaper and map, snacks, water, extra clothing, and money.

Shuttle Riders with Wilderness Permits

If you plan to arrive in Sequoia via shuttle from Visalia, there are NO in-park shuttles or public transportation from Sequoia National Park to Kings Canyon National Parks. If you arrive at Sequoia without a car, it is not possible to reach wilderness trailheads north of Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park, including those in Grant Grove and Cedar Grove. (The Big Trees shuttle, still mentioned on some websites as operating in the Grant Grove area, is no longer in service.)

 
 

Winter Holiday Shuttles

Free shuttles may be available in the Giant Forest and Lodgepole areas during winter holiday periods, depending on weather and other conditions.

Shuttle stops may include:

  • Wuksachi Lodge
    Lodging, dining, gift shop, pay telephone, and snacks.
  • Lodgepole Village
    Gift shop, pay telephone, and market with snacks. Snowplay equipment are rented and sold at Lodgepole Market when snow is on the ground.
  • Wolverton Snowplay Area & Parking
    Park here to ride a shuttle to the General Sherman Tree (when Sherman Tree Main Trail & Parking is closed), or stay for cross-country skiing and snowplay.
  • Sherman Tree Main Trail & Parking
    The Main Sherman Tree Trail runs ½-mile down to the General Sherman Tree. When the shuttle is running, you can avoid the uphill return trip by continuing to the Sherman Tree Shuttle Stop on the Generals Highway, then riding the shuttle back to your car. When it snows, the road to this area closes.
  • Accessible Sherman Tree Shuttle Stop
    This is the shortest trail to the Sherman Tree. Ride the shuttle here from any other winter stop, or park here anytime with an accessible parking placard.
  • Giant Forest Museum
    Browse exhibits about sequoias, a bookstore, park information, and wilderness permits.

Winter shuttles ONLY operate within Sequoia National Park; there are no shuttles in Kings Canyon National Park.

Last updated: June 9, 2021

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Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone:

(559) 565-3341

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