Skiing & Snowshoeing

Skiier near Pear Lake ski hut
Skier near Pear Lake.

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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.

Cross-country Skiing

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
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
The 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 $38-$42 per night, per person. Advance reservations are required. The Sequoia Parks Conservancy offers reservations and detailed information about Pear Lake Winter Hut.

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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