Road Information

Driving in Winter

Tire chains can be required at any time on park roads and are available for purchase or rent at locations near entrances. Learn more about chains and other winter driving information before you plan your visit.

 

Current Road Conditions

Weather and chain control advisories can change rapidly, often multiple times per day. For the most up-to-date 24-hour road conditions and advisories, please call (559)565-3341 (press 1, 1).

General Information about Park Roads

Vehicle length limits and advisories are in place on some roads, including the Generals Highway. If you drive an RV or a vehicle with a trailer, check advisories before you visit.

In winter or in any season after snowstorms, tire chains are often required on park roads. Tire chains are available for rent or purchase in towns near the parks.

Generals Highway from Sequoia Entrance to Lodgepole
This main highway is closed occasionally during and after snowstorms for plowing. Vehicle length restrictions are always in place between Foothills Visitor Center and Giant Forest Museum.

Generals Highway from Lodgepole to Grant Grove
This road connects Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and is generally open except when impassable due to weather. It closes occasionally during and after snowstorms for plowing. For current road conditions, call (559)565-3341.

Highway 180 from Grant Grove to Cedar Grove
CalTrans has reported that they are tentatively scheduled to close both gates on this highway on November 14, 2016. In winter, Highway 180 closes 6 miles east of Grant Grove Village, just beyond the junction with Hume Lake Road. During this time, Hume Lake is still accessible. The road generally reopens in April. Much of this highway is in Sequoia National Forest, and national forest road updates are available online or at (800) 427-7623.

Mineral King Road
This road is very narrow and curvy and the upper portion is partially unpaved. Both gates on this road are scheduled to close for winter at noon on October 26, 2016. The gates are generally open from the Wednesday before Memorial Day to the last Wednesday in October, depending on weather conditions. Snow removal along this road is limited to removal of drifts that block road access when the road is open. RVs and trailers are not recommended.

Crystal Cave Road
This road is open only when Crystal Cave is open for tours. It is generally open from mid May to late November, though it may close if the cave closes unexpectedly due to weather conditions or other hazards.

Moro Rock/Crescent Meadow Road
This road generally opens on the Wednesday before Memorial Day and closes when it becomes impassable due to snow. In heavy snow years, the road may open later than usual. When the road is closed, it becomes a ski trail. In summer when the free park shuttles are running (usually from late May - late September), the road closes to private vehicles on weekends and holidays from 9:00 am through the late afternoon. You can park at Giant Forest Museum or any other shuttle stop and ride the free park shuttle along the road.

Wolverton Road
This road is generally open daily until it becomes impassable due to snow, and is then plowed from Friday - Sunday plus Wednesday and holidays to allow access to the snowplay area at the end of the road.

South Fork Road
This road is open year-round and ends at South Fork Campground and Ladybug Trailhead. The road is unpaved beyond the park entrance and may be rough for some vehicles, especially during rainy or snowy weather. The junction with Highway 198 is in the town of Three Rivers, about 6 miles south of the Sequoia park entrance.

Panoramic Point Road
This road leads from Kings Canyon Visitor Center to Panoramic Point, a short and easy trail to a viewpoint with wide views of wilderness lands. To access the road, continue past the visitor center and turn right just before John Muir Lodge. The road is narrow and RVs and trailers are not permitted. It generally opens on the Wednesday before Memorial Day and closes when it becomes impassable due to snow. It may open earlier during light snow years.

Redwood Mountain Road
This unpaved road leads from the Generals Highway to Redwood Mountain Trailhead. It generally opens on the Wednesday before Memorial Day and closes when it becomes impassable due to weather. It may open earlier during light snow years. The junction with the Generals Highway is opposite Quail Flat.

Hume Lake/Tenmile Road (Sequoia National Forest)
Two roads lead from Highway 180 to Hume Lake, one from Princess Campground and one from Quail Flat. The road from Princess Campground is usually open all year. The road to Hume Lake from Quail Flat closes with snow and reopens in spring when snow has melted.

Big Meadows Road (Sequoia National Forest)
This road leads to campgrounds, trailheads, and a pack station. It usually closes with snow and is not plowed. It reopens in spring when snow melts.

 

Traffic Congestion

Record numbers of vehicles have entered these parks recently. On Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, long lines of cars have extended from the entrance stations. On a few of the busiest days, cars have waited over an hour to get through. Parking in some areas has also become crowded. If you're planning to visit, learn how to minimize your wait at park entrances and find parking once you're here.

Contact the Park

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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