Skiing & Snowshoeing
Ranger-guided Snowshoe Walks
No experience necessary! We provide the snowshoes; you bring warm layered clothing, waterproof boots, gloves, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and a snack. The walks are moderately strenuous. Children who use the park-provided snowshoes must be 10 years and up (due to the size of the snowshoes). Visitors can rent snowshoes for younger participants at the Wuksachi Lodge or Grant Grove Gift Shop. Visitors are welcome to bring their own snowshoes as well.
Snowshoe walks begin as soon as there's enough snow on the ground. Check our program schedules to see if snowshoe walks are being offered. Walks may be cancelled if there's not enough snow or due to poor weather conditions. Reservations are required and walks often fill up. Call early to reserve your spot!
For ranger-guided snowshoe walks in Grant Grove, sign up at Kings Canyon Visitor Center or call (559) 565-4307. Reservations required. Limit of 15 participants. Walks last 1 ½ hours and are up to 1 mile in length.
For snowshoe walks in the Giant Forest, sign up at Giant Forest Museum or call (559) 565-4480. Reservations are required. Limit of 20 participants. Walks last 2 hours and are up to 2 miles in length.
Other ranger-led programs may also be offered in winter. Check schedules for activities and times.
Exploring on Your Own
Many trails are suitable for snowshoeing when there's enough snow. Rent snowshoes at Wuksachi Lodge's Alta Ski Shop, Grant Grove Gift Shop, or bring your own. Purchase a map of ski trails at any visitor center and look for reflective markers on trees that show popular paths. When snowshoeing, stay clear of ski tracks. Check the park newspaper's winter safety tips.
If there is sufficient snow, many areas of the park may be accessed by skis. Both Giant Forest and Grant Grove offer ski trails through sequoia groves. Purchase a map of ski trails online or at any visitor center. Cross-country skis are available for rent at Wuksachi Lodge and may also be available at Grant Grove Gift Shop. Please avoid residential areas, plowed roads, and other areas as signed.
Overnight Ski and Snowshoe Trips
Pear Lake Winter Hut