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Sequoia & Kings Canyon Guide
Visitor Guide to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (NP) in California. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Visitor Guide: Spring 2019 National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument Sequoia Parks Conservancy Healthy Parks, Healthy People By Malinee Crapsey NPS Interpretive Media Specialist, retired You knew that amazing scenery awaited you in these parks. But did you consider the possible health benefts of your visit? Across the country, people are making the connection between outdoor activity and their health. Enjoy that activity in the inspirational setting of a national park, and your benefts grow. “Nature's peace will fow into you as sunshine fows into trees,” said naturalist John Muir back in 1898. "The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like autumn leaves.” Not only that, Muir might have added, you’ll feel healthier! Let Sequoia and Kings Canyon remind you of how good it feels to move outside. You don’t have to go far or go fast. Ask any ranger about the range of trails here, from paved and level to rugged and steep. A huge variety of options await you. Stroll in the shade of a sequoia grove. Amble around a sunny meadow. Climb to the open spaces above treeline or walk a foothills trail along the river. Try a bike ride below the granite walls of the Kings Canyon. Whether you are walking, biking, or jogging, tune your senses to the natural world around you. In the open, feel the wind in your face and the sun on your skin. Let the deep quiet of the forest become part of your walk. You may notice how the smells and sounds change with each environment. As you go, some aspect of this special place is likely to stir your interest. Stop at any visitor center, where rangers will be happy to help fnd answers to questions you may have. As our former National Park Service director once said, "National parks are amazing places where exercise is disguised as adventure, and we sneak in some learning too." Here's to your health! In This Issue Bears & food storage ........ 11 Camping .............................. 4 Driving times ..................... 12 Explore on your own: Sequoia, Shuttle .............. 6 Kings Canyon, USFS .......... 7 Facilities: stores, gas .........8-9 Lodging ............................... 5 Map ...................................... 8 Nature in the parks ............. 3 Phone numbers ................... 2 Programs & tours ................ 5 Road warnings .................. 12 Safety ................................. 10 Trails .................................6-7 Visitor centers ..................... 2 Wilderness permits ........... 11 2 Finding Information Telephone & Internet EMERGENCY — DIAL 911 No coins needed in payphones. Visitor Centers, Park Stores, & Information Desks See pay phone locations by area, pages 8-9. Each center offers orientation, varied exhibits and films, and many sales items: books, maps, gifts, cards.... All profits from stores in park visitor centers support these parks! Sequoia & Kings Canyon (NPS) Foothills Visitor Center (in Sequoia) To Report a Wildfre — 559-565-3195 Limited Cell Signals & Service 1-559-565-3341 (24 hour): Press 1 for an information menu then press 1 for roads/weather/fire; press 2 for camping/lodging; 4 for wilderness; and more. GPS, Web & Social Media GPS programs often misdirect travellers here. Use maps and signs, or ask for directions. The only ofcial park information sources online are: The Offcial Park Website www.nps.gov/seki Facebook Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Instagram sequoiakingsnps Sequoia National Forest/Monument (USFS) 1-559-338-2251, fs.usda.gov/sequoia Yosemite National Park (NPS) 1-209-372-0200, nps.gov/yose California Road Conditions (CalTrans) 1-800-427-7623, dot.ca.gov WiFi Locations Foothills Visitor Center (Sequoia National Park), Kings Canyon Visitor Center (Grant Grove) Translations Welcome - You may borrow a Braille copy of (NPS) Daily 8:00 am-4:30 pm. Exhibits on life in the low elevations. 1-559-565-4212. Muchas veces hay rangers aqui quienes hablan Español. Self-issue local wilderness permits outside the visitor center through 5/23, then find the Wilderness Office. Giant Forest Museum (in Sequoia) (NPS) Daily 9:00 am-4:30 pm, then 9:00 am-6:00 pm beginning May 18th. Exhibits on sequoias. 1-559-565-4480. No payphone; closest are outside at Lodgepole Market & Wolverton. Kings Canyon Visitor Center, Grant Grove (NPS) Daily 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Exhibits, movie in English & Spanish, & park store. Starting May 20: Daily 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Exhibits, movie in English & Spanish, & park store. 1-559-565-4307. Self-issue wilderness permits outside. Payphones at market and visitor center. Lodgepole Visitor Center (in Sequoia) (NPS) Opens May 13 8:00 am-4:30 pm. Closed 5/20-21, then open 7:00 am-5:00 pm beginning 5/24. 1-559-565-4436. Payphone at the market nearby. Cedar Grove Visitor Center (in Kings Canyon) (NPS) Highway 180 into Cedar Grove opens at noon on April 26, 2019. Visitor center opens 5/24. Daily 9:00 am-5:00 pm. 1-559-565-3793. Mineral King Ranger Station (Sequoia) (NPS) Beginning in late May, open daily from 8:00 am-4:00 pm. Wilderness permits issued until 3:15. Payphone in Cold Springs Campground. the park map & guide at visitor centers. Bienvenidos - Hay un folleto en español disponible en los centros de visitante. Bienvenue - Une guide officielle est disponible dans les centres d’information. Wilkommen - Eine Landkarte ist auch in deutscher sprache im Besucher-zentrum erhaltlich. Benvenuti - La traduzione in lingua Italiana della mappa e’ disponibile in tutti i centri di informazioni. Hume Lake District Offce (USFS) 35860 Kings Canyon Road (Hwy 180) in the Forest Service office in Dunlap, 19 miles west of the Kings Canyon park entrance at Big Stump. Weekdays 8:00 am–4:30 pm. Maps, books. 1-559-338-2251, www.fs.fed. us/r5/sequoia Partners in the Parks The following work together to protect these lands, provide services, and publish this guide, which was first printed in 1974 as the Sequoia Bark. Printer: Willems Commercial Printing, Inc. National Park Service (NPS) - federal agency in the Department of the Interior: 1-559-565-3341 U.S. Forest Service (USFS) - federal agency in the Department of Agriculture: 1-559-338-2251 Geological Survey (USGS) federal agency in the Department of the Interior: 1-559-565-3171, werc.usgs.gov Delaware North Parks & Resorts at Sequoia & Kings Canyon (DNPR) - the concessioner providing lodging & food services: 1-888-252-5757, visitsequoia.com Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC): The offcial nonproft park partner! Members get a discount on some activities. See below or call 1-559-565-4251. Connect to your national park! The Sequoia Parks Conservancy is a proud partner of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and at USACE Lake Kaweah. The Conservancy offers engaging and educational programs, activities, and retail shopping for park visitors. In addition to the informative products and services, the Conservancy provides thousands of dollars in philanthropic support for park projects. To find out more about enriching experiences, philanthropic opportunities, and products with a purpose, visit www.sequoiaparksconservancy.org. Support the Conservancy as it: • Seeks funding for park improvement projects, resource protection, and research; • Provides activities & tour-guide services through their Field Institute; • Supports park programs & activities; • Increases accessibility of park trails; • Conducts Crystal Cave tours; • Expands park outreach; • Accepts donations for search & rescue efforts; • Manages the Pear Lake Winter Hut; and • Funds park books, maps, and this guide! 3 Nature & Ecosystems in the Park Change: Natural & Unnatural We often think of parks as outdoor museums. Caretaking a living ecosystem, however, is very different than protecting unchanging objects. Both natural features and human facilities may be different each time you visit, as both are changing all the time. How we take care of those features and facilities may also affect your visit. You won’t notice the ozone monitor that works 24 hours a day, but you will see other activities such as revegetation, road work, painting, or trail maintenance. Some activities may unavoidably affect you, such as smoke from a prescribed fire, campsite closures due to revegetation, or bear management. The park staff uses such actions as tools to maintain the landscape and protect its inhabitants and visitors. Your visit gives you but a snapshot of this process; nature decides the timing of many of these actions. They all share one goal: preservation of these parks for us all, now and in the future. Unnatural Change: Alien Invaders Plants and animals evolve together in communities over time. Often, they keep each other in check. When species get brought in from other places, the newcomers may multiply wildly. This is because the competitors, predators, and diseases that keep them in check in their home communities are not here. This imbalance breaks links in the local web of life, badly disrupting native species that depend on each other. Sometimes the non-native aliens completely replace local plants and animals. Practice alien hygiene! Look for seeds and tiny animals attached to shoes, clothes, waders, equipment, tires, and pet fur. Wash mud from under cars and on tires before coming into the parks. The natives will thank you! Imminent Alien Threats! Prescribed fre in a sequoia grove Fire: A Natural Change Years ago, we tried to banish fire from the landscape, believing it was destructive. In sequoia groves, that meant putting out lightning-caused fires that naturally start as often as every 5 to 15 years. As time passed, we saw unanticipated consequences from this practice. Fire suppression blocked important natural processes, which led to big problems: First, sequoias were not reproducing. We learned that fires create the conditions that sequoias need to regenerate: Fires leave behind a seedbed fertilized with ash, open the cones, and open the forest canopy, allowing sunlight to reach the seedlings. Second, the amount of dead wood and dense growth of small white-fir trees increased tremendously. In the past, frequent natural fires burned these away. Now, after fire’s long absence, these serve as fuels, feeding bigger, hotter blazes that are more dangerous for people, plants, and wildlife. For over 40 years at these parks, we have studied fire and its effects on the land. To protect human safety and benefit giant sequoia trees, we now work with fire to restore the benefits it brings. We still put out fires that threaten life and property but, when and where it’s appropriate, we ignite prescribed fires or allow lightning fires to spread naturally, reducing fuels and improving conditions. Strong evidence shows we are succeeding. Why is this important? The national parks exist to conserve resources “unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” We once thought that aggressive fire suppression met this goal. A more complete understanding of fire's effects tells us that excluding this natural agent of change only hurts what we are trying to protect. For more information on fre management, visit go.nps.gov/sekifre. To report a wildfre: 559-565-3195. Star thistle is one of the most damaging nonnatives in the state. Dense, thorny growth completely excludes native plants and limits wildlife movements. It is not yet established in these parks, but it is close! If you recognize its yellow fower and thorny spines from your home or travels, make sure not to bring it in. If you see it here, tell a ranger. New Zealand mud snails completely take over and change any waterway that they invade. Due to their biology, just one snail can start a huge population! These tiny light-brown animals—less than 1/8-inch long—stick to your gear. Check boots, waders, and boats thoroughly for this little invader. Common just east of the parks, they could easily be carried into the High Sierra. Camping Each standard campsite has a table and fire ring with a grill and accommodates up to 6 people and 1 vehicle. There are no RV hook-ups in the parks. Campgrounds: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (NPS) We expect delays with campground opening dates this season due to a deep snowpack and tree hazards. Please check www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm for details. Foothills Area Elevation 2100’ - 3600’ Low-elevation oaks and chaparral. *Reservable in summer. * Potwisha - 40 sites $22. * Sites reservable. River nearby. Pay phone, flush toilets, dump station. * Buckeye Flat - 28 sites $22. * Sites reservable. No RVs or trailers. River nearby. Flush toilets. Other facilities nearby at Potwisha. South Fork - 10 sites $6. No drinking water. Vault toilets. River nearby. Drinking water is not available. Mineral King Area Elevation 6650’ - 7500’ Road closed until late May. No electricity or gas. Atwell Mill - 21 sites $12. No RVs or trailers. River, sequoias. Vault toilets. Food and pay showers nearby at Silver City in summer. Road is narrow and winding. most are 47" long x 33" deep x 28" high. Cold Springs - 40 sites $12. No RVs or trailers. River. Pay phone, vault toilets. Reservations: See * on chart for reservable Lodgepole Area Elevation 6700’ *Reservations available in summer. Conifer forest. * Lodgepole - 203 sites $22. * Sites reservable. Pay phone, flush toilets. River. Food services nearby. Generator use: 8-11am & 5-8pm only. Dump station. Road is narrow and winding. * Dorst Creek - 212 sites $22. * Sites reservable. Flush toilets, dump station, pay phone. Generator use 8-11am & 5-8pm only. Large group sites for 15-50 $70, for 15-40 $60, for 15-30 $50. Grant Grove Area Elevation 6500’ Showers are no longer available here. Azalea - 110 sites $18. Flush toilets. Village nearby with food services. No showers. Crystal Springs - 49 sites. $18 for standard sites $40 for mid-size group sites *14 sites for mid-sized groups of 7 to15 people. Food nearby in $22. $50 for large group sites Flush toilets. Nearby food service. No showers. Showers are no longer available in Grant Grove. Public showers are available seasonally at Lodgepole and Cedar Grove villages. You must store food correctly all year due to black bears. The park supplies bear boxes; campsites. Reservations are available from 6 months to 2 days before your stay: www.recreation.gov; 1-877-444-6777. Customer service: 1-888-448-1474. Group Sites & Maximum Group Sizes ∙ Mid-size group sites (7 to 19 people): Reservable at Crystal Springs and Canyon View. ∙ Large-group sites: (15 - 40 people): Reservable at Dorst Creek, Sunset, or Canyon View. Group sites are also available in the national forest. Fire Restrictions, Campfires, & Firewood • • • Gather only dead & down wood; do not cut limbs off trees. Please don’t transport firewood. It can carry insects/diseases that threaten living trees. Find/buy wood close to where you will use it. Please burn any wood you brought in. Fires must be out cold before you leave. On Forest Service (USFS) land, free fire permits are required. Ask about them at Hume Lake Office, Kings Canyon Visitor Center (Grant Grove), with a USFS ranger, or read about and download them at www.fs.usda.gov/sequoia. Fire restrictions are subject to change during this time of year. Check locally. * Sunset - 156 sites Cedar Grove Area summer. Flush toilets, no showers. Elevation 4600’ Road opens at noon on April 27. No RV dump stations. * Sentinel - 82 sites $18. * Sites reservable. Flush toilets. Food, pay showers & laundry nearby in summer. Sheep Creek - 111 sites $18. Flush toilets. Food, pay showers & laundry nearby in summer. * Canyon View: 16 group sites $40 mid-size groups (7-15); $50 large groups (15-30); No RVs or trailers. $60 large groups (15-40). Moraine - 121 sites $18. Flush toilets. Food, pay showers & laundry nearby. No standard sites. Flush toilets. Food, pay showers, laundry nearby. Campgrounds in Campgrounds: Sequoia Sequoia National National Forest Forest (USFS) (USFS) Hume Lake Area Elevation 4000’ - 5900’ Between Grant Grove & Cedar Grove. *Reservable in summer. * Princess - 88 sites $27 single, $54 double Reservable in summer. River, sequoias. Nature programs (summer). Vault toilets. RV dump station $10. Extra car $7. Opens when snow melts. Roadside Camping? * Hume Lake - 64 sites $27 single, $54 double Reservable in summer. Nature programs. Flush toilets. Lake, food, pay phone, laundry & gas nearby. Extra car $7. Opens when snow melts. Not permitted in the park. Camp only in designated sites in campgrounds. In the national forest, it's permitted unless posted otherwise. * Tenmile - 11 sites $23 single, $46 $21 $42 double. Reservable in summer. River & sequoias nearby. Vault toilets. No potable water. Opens when snow melts. Landslide - 9 sites $23 single, $46 double. First-come, first-served. River & sequoias nearby. Vault toilets. Extra car $7. Opens when snow melts. Convict Flat - 5 sites Free. No water. Vault toilets. River nearby. Reopens with the spring opening of Highway 180 to Cedar Grove. • Quiet & Generator Hours Music and noise should be audible in your site only. Quiet hours 10pm-6am (no generators). At Lodgepole & Dorst, generator use 8-11am & 5-8pm only. RV & Trailer Length Limits on Roads Restrictions are in effect; check the back page. Propane/Fuel Canisters Recycle fuel canisters at home. Do not put them in park trash cans or leave them here. Big Meadows & Stony Creek Elevation 6400 - 7500’ Between Grant Grove & Wuksachi Lodge. Open with snowmelt. * Stony Creek - 48 sites double. $27 single, $54 double Reservable in summer. Flush toilets. Pay phone, food, laundry, showers nearby at lodge (summer). Extra car $7. * Upper Stony - 18 sites $23 single. Reservable in summer. Nature programs (summer). Vault toilets. Food, laundry, showers nearby. Extra car $7. Opens with snowmelt. Opens with snowmelt. Horse Camp - 5, Buck Rock - 11. Free. No water. Vault toilets. Big Meadow - 43 sites Vault toilets. $23 single double. single,site,$46 $46 double. Reservable in summer. Lodging 5 Programs & Tours For hours & other details, see pages 8-9. Three park areas offer lodging, along with several sites in the nearby national forest: In these National Parks (NPS) IN SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK: Wuksachi Lodge Open all year. Reservations 1-866-807-3598; www.visitsequoia.com. North of Lodgepole two miles at 7200'. Lodge, restaurant, lounge, gifts, ATM, WiFi. IN KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK: Reservations 1-866-807-3598; www.visitsequoia.com. Lodging is available in two areas: Grant Grove Cabins & John Muir Lodge Open all year. Hotel (with WiFi), cabins, restaurant, market, gifts, ATM. Register at the John Muir Lodge. 6500' elevation. Cedar Grove Lodge in the Kings Canyon Mid-May to mid-October. Motel, restaurant, market at an elevation of 4600'. Sequoia National Forest (USFS) Montecito Sequoia Lodge (USFS permittee) All year. Reservations 1-800-227-9900; 1-559-5653388; www.mslodge.com. On the Generals Highway 9 miles south of Grant Grove. Cabins, restaurant, hotel, WiFi, seasonal & children’s activities. Stony Creek Resort (USFS permittee) Mid-May to mid-October. Reservations 1-800227-9900; www.sequoia-kingscanyon.com. On the Generals Highway south of Grant Grove. Hotel, gasoline, market, showers, laundry. Big Meadows Cabin (USFS) July to mid-October. 1-877-444-6777; www.recreation.gov. Historic station south of Grant Grove. On Private Land within Park These lodges, on private land surrounded by national park, cannot be evaluated, regulated, or endorsed by these agencies. Details, pages 8-9. Silver City Mountain Resort (private) Open from late May to late September. 1-559-5613223, www.silvercityresort.com. Cabins, supplies, showers. No gas. Store, restaurant/bakery. Neighboring Towns Three Rivers, Lemon Cove, Squaw Valley & others offer year-round lodging & camping. Ask at visitor centers or see www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit. Formations in Crystal Cave Crystal Cave Tours Start May 24 Reserve tickets online at www.recreation.gov at least 48 hours in advance. Need a ticket today? Check first thing in the morning at Lodgepole or Foothills visitor centers (not at the cave). Plan time for delays in getting through the park entrances, especially on weekends and holidays. Crystal Cave Road is 15 miles from Sequoia Park's entrance at Hwy 198; 3 miles south of Sherman Tree. Maximum vehicle length on this narrow road is 22’. Use parking lot restrooms; the cave has none. Wear sturdy shoes for the steep 1⁄2-mile trail to the cave. Wear a jacket; it’s 50°F (10°C) inside. No strollers, tripods, or bags/packs are permitted inside the cave. (They can be used on the trail from the parking area but must be left outside unattended during the tour.) No flash/lighted photography/ video. Not wheelchair accessible. Tour times are subject to change. For school tours & large groups, visit sequoiaparksconservancy.org/crystalcave. Family Cave Tour Daily - 45 minutes Extra tours on holiday weekends (Friday-Monday). May 24 - June 15 · Weekdays: Tours on the hour, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm · Weekends: Tours on the hour, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, and on the 1/2 hour 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. June 16 - August 25 · Saturday: Every 1/2 hour 10:30 am-5:30 pm · Sunday: Every 1/2 hour 10:30 am-4:00 pm · Weekdays: Every 1/2 hour 10:30 am-4:00 pm Ticket prices: Age 5-12 $8; 13-61 $16; 62 & up $15. Ask about SPC member discounts! National Park and Interagency passes do not apply. Special tours for special interests: · Discovery Tour 6/15-8/25. Monday-Friday at 4:30 pm, Sundays at 5:00 pm (except holiday weekends). $25. · Family Tour for ages 13 & up. 6/15-8/25. Daily at 10:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:30 pm (except holiday weekends). Ages 13-61 $16, 62 and up $15. A ranger program in the Giant Forest Free Ranger Walks & Talks Offered in the Foothills, Giant Forest, Lodgepole, Grant Grove, Mineral King, Cedar Grove, and other locations! See bulletin boards for schedules of ranger-led activities. Free Junior Ranger Program Pick up a free booklet at any visitor center, complete the activities, & earn your badge! Junior Ranger Day Junior Ranger Day is April 20, 2019. Celebrate with free special activities throughout the park. Check the calendar on nps.gov/seki to find specific events. Earn a free patch! This is an entrance feefree day. Field Institute Over 60,000 visitors annually explore the parks and Lake Kaweah with the Field Institute. These experts guide you through the night sky, Crystal Cave, and park trails. They even bring park history to life! SPC members (see page 2) may get a discount on Field Institute activities. 559-565-4251; sequoiaparks.org Teachers & Parents, Take Note! Expand your classroom: Invite a ranger to your class, visit the parks with your school group, download lesson plans, and participate in distance learning. All education programs are standardsbased and free! Visit nps.gov/seki/learn/education. 6 Exploring Sequoia National Park Review safety advice on page 10, including warnings about tree hazards. Be extra careful near rivers. Carry water and a map (sold at visitor centers). Always store food properly before leaving your car or campsite. The Foothills The low elevations host more different plants and animals than the rest of these parks combined! Foothills Visitor Center Exhibits on the diverse foothills. Hours on page 2. Marble Falls Trail climbs 3.7 miles (6 km) through chaparral to a waterfall. Park across the highway from Potwisha (no non-camper parking in campground). Near site #14, follow the dirt road across the concrete ditch; the trail starts along the steep bank to the right. Hospital Rock Picnic Area Exhibits about the California Native Americans who once lived here. A short trail built by the Civilian Conservation Corps leads to a cascade. Please be careful; drownings occur here too often! Paradise Creek Park at Hospital Rock Picnic Area (not in the campground). Walk 0.8 miles (1.3 km) to Buckeye Flat Campground. Take the path across from site #28 to cross a footbridge over the Middle Fork. Follow Paradise Creek (not the Middle Fork) for 1 mile (1.6 km) until the trail grows faint. Mineral King The road to this area opens at noon on the Wednesday before Memorial Day (May 23). The steep, winding road ends at 7800’. No gasoline or electricity is available in this remote area. General Sherman Tree Two trails lead to the world’s largest tree: • Main Trail - This 1/2-mile trail down to the tree has some stairs; the walk back is uphill. Beware of slippery or wet spots. Drive 2 miles north of Giant Forest Museum (past the small Sherman Tree parking lot on the Generals Hwy is only for those with disability placards). Turn right on Wolverton Road; follow signs. The trailhead is a shuttle stop starting 5/23. begins at Giant Forest Museum. The road is closed weekends & holidays starting 5/25, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, when the shuttle runs. Stops include: • Moro Rock - A granite dome with a steep 1/4-mile staircase to the top (300-foot elevation gain). Spectacular mountain views. Two miles from Generals Highway. See lightning warning on page 10. Shuttle stop starting 5/23. • Tunnel Log - A fallen sequoia that was tunneled through, and the only “tree you can drive through” in these parks. Bypass for larger vehicles. 2.7 miles from the Museum. ô Wheelchair-accessible trail from the Generals Highway to the Sherman Tree. Parking here is only for those with disability placards. If you have no placard but can’t walk the main trail's hill, ask for a temporary placard at any visitor center. Shuttle stop starting 5/24. • Crescent Meadow - Sequoias surround this fragile wetland. Stay on designated trails; use fallen logs to walk into meadows. Several trails start here, such as the 1-mile (1.6 km) route to Tharp’s Log, a cabin in a fallen sequoia; and the High Sierra Trail (60 miles/97 km) to Mt. Whitney (14,500'/4419 m). Shuttle stop starting 5/23. Moro Rock/Crescent Meadow Road Opens by May 22. This 3-mile dead-end road Sequoia By Shuttle: May 23 - September 8 Check bulletin boards at shuttle stops for details. To Grant Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, & Giant Forest: Green Route 1 - Free. Giant Forest Museum to Lodgepole, stopping at the Sherman Tree in each direction. ½-hour ride one way. First pickups at 8:00 am and 8:30 am; then every 15 minutes 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Dorst Campground starting 6/20 Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow: Gray Route 2 - Free. Giant Forest Museum, Moro Rock, Crescent Meadow, Giant Forest Museum (stops at Auto Log and Tunnel Log on weekends only). 1/2-hour round trip. Weekdays: 8:00 am, 8:45 am, then every 20 minutes 9:00 am-6:00 pm. Weekends 8:00 am, 8:45 am, then every 10 minutes 9:00 am-6:00 pm. Road closed to private vehicles on weekends & holidays (page 12). Lodgepole / Wuksachi / Dorst: Purple Route 3 - Free. Giant Forest Leaves each stop every 20 minutes from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. The Dorst portion starts when the campground opens in June. Giant Forest Museum & Lodgepole Visitor Center Hours and details are listed on Wolverton / Sherman Tree: Orange Route 4 - Free. page 2. Big Trees Trail ô A level, 2/3-mile (1 km) paved loop with trailside exhibits about sequoias. Start your walk at Giant Forest Museum (parking at the trail is only for cars with disability placards). 1 hour round trip. Congress Trail A fairly level 2-mile loop (3.2 km) through the heart of the grove. Begins at the Sherman Tree. Connects Wolverton picnic area & trailhead to both the main and the accessible trails to the Sherman Tree every 15 minutes 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Giant Forest /Foothills/ Visalia - $20 round trip Visalia to Giant Forest (no additional park entrance fee). Reservations required; sequoiashuttle.com or 1-877-BUS-HIKE. Buses leave Visalia for Giant Forest every hour from 6am-10am; 2-hour ride each way. Buses leave Giant Forest for Visalia Transit Center every hour from 2:30-6:30 pm. Lodgepole Market & Visitor Center Wuksachi Lodge & Restaurant Lodgepole Campground More parking Wolverton More parking Sherman Tree Main Trail & Parking Sherman Tree Wheelchair-Accessible Trail Giant Forest Museum Crescent Meadow No drinking water Moro Rock No drinking water To Three Rivers, Visalia, & Exploring Kings Canyon National Park & Nearby National Forests Be extra careful near rivers, even when water is low. Store food properly while you explore. Grant Grove Kings Canyon Visitor Center (NPS) Browse exhibits and watch a park film in English or Spanish. Purchases at the park store support park operations. Zumwalt Meadow This 1.5-mile (2.4 km) loop passes high granite walls, lush meadows, and the Kings River. Parking is 4½ miles east of Cedar Grove Village road. Buy a trail guide at the visitor center. Allow 1 hour. Mist Falls One of the park’s largest waterfalls. Allow 4 - 5 hours; 9 miles (14.4 km) round trip from Road’s End. 600-foot elevation gain in the last 2 miles. Grant Tree Trail Sheep Creek Cascade General Grant, one of the world’s largest trees, grows along this 1/3-mile (.5 km) paved trail. The tree is also a living national shrine. One mile/1.6km from the visitor center: north on Highway 180 then follow signs. Climb the Don Cecil Trail to a small waterfall. At that point, turn around or continue for a longer hike. Begin at Cedar Grove Visitor Center. To the waterfall, it's 2 miles (3.2 km) round-trip. North Grove Loop This 1½-mile (2.4 km) trail offers a quiet forest walk and a close look at sequoias. It's a great place to see effects from the Rough Fire. Start at Grant Tree overflow parking area. Panoramic Point Road ô Opens with snowmelt. A narrow road to a trail to a beautiful Sierran vista. Go east through visitor center parking; follow signs to the paved, accessible trail to an overlook. Park Ridge Trail (4.7 miles, 7.5 km round-trip) begins here. No trailers or RVs. Big Stump Basin Stumps from late 19th-century logging include the Mark Twain Stump. You can climb steps to see the growth rings of this giant. Slabs of this tree are in museums. 1.5 miles (2.4 km) round trip. Kings Canyon & Cedar Grove The road to this canyon opens 4/26 at noon, but few facilities open then. Many drought-weakened trees here have succumbed to insects. Be very careful with fire! Canyon View The “U” shape of this canyon, apparent from this viewpoint, reveals its glacial history. 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Cedar Grove Village Road. Sequoia National Forest (USFS) Explore Giant Sequoia National Monument, part of Sequoia National Forest which abuts the park. Converse Basin North of Grant Grove 2 miles. Virtually every mature sequoia in this huge grove was felled early in the 1900s. Ask at the visitor center about trails. The road to this feature opens with snowmelt. Indian Basin A one-mile accessible trail & one-mile unpaved trail. Take Highway 180 7 miles north of Grant Grove; turn into Princess Campground. Turn left past the dump station to trailhead parking area. Hume Lake Formed by a rare, historic dam, this lake supplied water to a flume that floated lumber 67 miles (108km) to Sanger. An easy 2½-mile (4 km) trail circles it. Page 9 lists facilities. Eight miles (12.8 km) north of Grant Grove on Highway 180; 3 miles (4.8 km) south on Hume Lake Road. Buck Rock Lookout A 1916 tower, still used for spotting fires, offers 360° views. Approximately 6 miles (9.6 km) off Big Meadows Road 14S11, then take Forest Road 13S04. The Kings Canyon The Generals Highway Driving this 80-year-old roadway is part of the park experience. It carries you up almost a mile in elevation and, by connecting the General Sherman Tree to the General Grant Tree, earns its name. For decades, narrow lanes and rough pavement caused pro