Free, 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 participate in ranger-led snowshoe walks must be 10 years and up (due to the size of the snowshoes and the moderately strenuous conditions). Waterproof shoes are required (no tennis shoes please). Walks last 1½ - 2 hours and are range from 1.5 - 2 miles in length.
Snowshoe walks typically begin as soon as there's enough snow on the ground, and end as snow conditions deteriorate. If snow conditions are poor, rangers may offer a guided hike instead of a snowshoe walk. For these hikes, we recommend traction devices (cleats) for your boots.
Check with a local visitor center, or visit our Calendar of Events to see when and where snowshoe walks or other programs are being offered.
Exploring on Your Own
Many trails are suitable for snowshoeing when there's enough snow. Rent snowshoes at Lodgepole Market, 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. Please avoid skiing in residential areas, plowed roads, and other areas as signed.
Overnight Ski and Snowshoe Trips
For well-prepared and skilled winter travelers, the challenges of exploring park wilderness lands in winter can lead to a rewarding experience. Be familiar with ways to stay safe in cold or snowy weather conditions; be prepared for emergencies, and remember that weather in these mountains can change suddenly. Wilderness permits are required for all overnight trips away from designated campgrounds. Whether you stay at Pear Lake Winter Hut or create your own campsite, enjoy your adventure and be safe.
Pear Lake Winter Hut
Pear Lake Winter Hut in Sequoia National Park is managed by the Sequoia Parks Conservancy and is open for use by the general public from mid-December through April. It is located 3/8 of a mile north of Pear Lake at 9,200 feet (2804 meters) and is reached by ascending a steep six miles of trail from Wolverton Meadow (7,200 feet). This advanced level ski/snowshoe trail offers a chance to explore the beautiful wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains in winter. The hut sleeps 10 people and is heated by a wood pellet stove (pellets provided). Fee is $50 per night, per person. Advance reservations are required. The Sequoia Parks Conservancy offers reservations and detailed information about Pear Lake Winter Hut.
Last updated: July 13, 2022