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Sequoia & Kings Canyon Guide
Winter Visitor Guide to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (NP) in California. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Trip Planner Winter 2020-2021 Information in this newspaper can change at any time as we work to safely provide access to these parks. COVID-19 Safety We encourage you to follow CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. You should: What to Expect To protect the safety of park visitors and employees, we've made changes that will affect your visit. For current updates, check signs at entrance stations and other areas, the free park mobile app, and our web pages at www.nps.gov/seki. Services That Are Open Wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained. A limited number of campgrounds are open. Reservations are highly recommended, though walkup sites may be available at Azalea Campground. Practice social distancing. Wuksachi Lodge is scheduled to be open through winter. Reservations are strongly recommended. Lodging in Grant Grove will reopen in spring. Wash your hands frequently with soap, or use hand sanitizer if soap isn't available. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Grant Grove Market is scheduled to be open daily through winter. At Wuksachi Lodge, limited to-go food options are available daily at the restaurant or gift shop. Some visitor centers may have staff available for information and trip-planning. Hours will be limited and will vary. Park stores may be open for sales of maps, books, and other items. Exhibit areas and flms will not be open to the public. In an Emergency Call 911 from a pay phone or from your cell phone if you have service. No coins are needed, and phones are available even when facilities are closed. If you can't find a phone, contact a park employee but keep a safe distance. Pay Phone Locations • • • • • • Foothills Visitor Center Potwisha Campground Hospital Rock Picnic Area Lodgepole Market Wolverton Picnic Area (on the building near the meadow trail) Kings Canyon Visitor Center (near the restrooms) Install our free app for more trip-planning information. Search for NPS Sequoia & Kings Canyon. General Information ........... 2 Wildlife Safety ........................5 Grant Grove & Cedar Grove...8 Información en español ..... 10-12 Camping............................... 3 Foothills ..................................6 Wilderness .............................9 Información de seguridad ...... 10 Safety ................................... 4 Giant Forest & Lodgepole ......7 National Forest Lands ............9 Winter Driving......................... 12 2 General Information Contacts Frequently Asked Questions Accessibility Cell Service Pets We are committed to a continuing effort to improve the accessibility of our trails and facilities so they can be enjoyed by all. If you have questions or suggestions about accessibility, please email us at SEKI_Information@nps.gov or call us at 559-565-3341. Cell service is extremely limited here. Near the Ash Mountain entrance to Sequoia, AT&T provides limited service. Verizon provides limited service near the Kings Canyon entrance to Grant Grove. EMERGENCY — DIAL 911 No coins are needed in payphones for 911 calls. Sequoia & Kings Canyon (NPS) 559-565-3341 (24 hour): Recorded information is available for road conditions, weather, current fires, and more. GPS GPS programs often misdirect travelers who are driving to the parks. Use maps and signs. Web & Social Media The only ofcial park information sources online are: Pets are not permitted on any trails in Sequoia and Kings Canyon. They are allowed in campsites and in parking areas. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times, or appropriately crated or caged. Pets cannot be left tied and unattended or in vehicles at any time. The leash must be less than 6 feet (1.8 meters) long. Drones Unmanned aircraft are not allowed in these parks. This includes drones and other remotely piloted vehicles. Marijuana Possession or use of marijuana and other controlled substances inside the national parks is prohibited. While California law provides for limited possession and use of marijuana, it remains an illegal drug under federal law, which is enforced within the park. Fire Restrictions The Offcial Park Website www.nps.gov/seki Facebook Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Instagram sequoiakingsnps Twitter @sequoiakingsnps Campground Reservations Visit Recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777 (TDD: 877-833-6777) Delaware North (Authorized Concessioner) www.visitsequoia.com Cedar Grove Pack Station (Authorized Concessioner) Grant Grove: 559-335-9292 Cedar Grove: 559-565-3464 cedargrovepackstation.com Sequoia National Forest/Monument (USFS) 559-338-2251, fs.usda.gov/sequoia Yosemite National Park (NPS) 209-372-0200, nps.gov/yose Free Public WiFi Locations Foothills Visitor Center (Sequoia National Park), Kings Canyon Visitor Center (Grant Grove). No password is needed. Because of dry conditions and extreme fre danger, fre restrictions are in place to reduce the possibility of accidental human-caused fre. Prohibited locations for wood or charcoal fres will be posted, especially in park campgrounds. Wood and charcoal fres may be prohibited at all elevations, depending on the current level of fre restrictions. Restrictions may change as weather and fuel conditions change. Check for updates on park bulletin boards, at visitor centers, or by visiting go.nps.gov/sekifirerestrictions. Firearms in these National Parks People who can legally possess firearms under federal, California, and local laws may possess firearms here. You are responsible for understanding and complying with all applicable California, local, and federal firearms laws. Discharge of firearms in the parks is prohibited. Passport Stamps Stamps for passport books may not be available in the parks until visitor centers open, but you can visit our web pages for a printable version of the stamp, or email SEKI_Information@nps.gov to request a printed stamp with the date of your visit. Junior Ranger Books Because of visitor center closures, we now offer the option of an online junior ranger booklet. Download a web version from www.nps.gov/seki to complete in the parks or at home. Send photos of at least seven completed pages to SEKI_Information@ nps.gov to receive a badge. No printer? Send an email to the same address to request a free booklet. Wheelchair loans are temporarily suspended. In the future, we hope to resume free wheelchair loans at Lodgepole Visitor Center and Giant Forest Museum. They can be used anywhere in the parks but must be returned by the end of the day, before each visitor center closes. Be prepared to provide your address and phone number. Assistive listening devices is available for ranger programs and all park films have open captioning. When films become available at park visitor centers, borrow a device at information desks. Visitor Centers Visitor centers may be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All visitor centers and museums have paved, flat paths leading from parking areas to outdoor information, restrooms, and water bottle filling stations. When visitor centers are open, they provide access to trip planning information, exhibits, and bookstores. Cedar Grove Visitor Center is small, and may be difficult for people in wheelchairs to navigate. Mineral King Ranger Station has steps leading to the entrance and may not be accessible to people with mobility impairments. Wheelchair-Accessible Trails General Sherman Tree Trail (Giant Forest) This short trail leads a few hundred feet from an accessible parking area to the General Sherman Tree, the largest tree on earth. Big Trees Trail (Giant Forest) This level trail is a 0.75-mile (1.2 km) loop. It circles a meadow surrounded by giant sequoias. Panoramic Point Trail (Grant Grove) This paved trail leads to views that reach deep into park wilderness. Roaring River Falls (Cedar Grove) A 528-foot (160 m), shady walk features a powerful waterfall rushing through a granite chute. Parking is available on the highway, 3 miles (4.8 km) east of the junction with the Village road. Paved, relatively accessible. Muir Rock Trail (Cedar Grove) This short trail leads to the Kings River and Muir Rock, a large granite boulder at the river's edge named in honor of famed naturalist John Muir. Camping 3 Campgrounds with walk-up sites Campground Azalea Location Grant Grove Nightly fee Toilets Dump station Showers Closing date $18 Flush – – – Other information 20 frst-come, frst-served sites. Snow is common here. Campgrounds available by reservation only Campground Location Nightly fee Toilets Dump station Showers Closing date Potwisha Foothills $22 Flush Yes – – Other information Make reservations at Recreation.gov or call 877-4446777 (TDD: 877-833-6777). Lodgepol Due to the pandemic and seasonal closures, the following campgrounds are closed for the year: Buckeye Flat, Lodgepole, Dorst Creek, Crystal Springs, Sunset, Canyon View, Sheep Creek, Sentinel, Moraine, Cold Springs, Atwell Mill, and South Fork campgrounds. Snowplay Safety Exploring in Winter Don’t head into the woods or out of sight unless you are prepared for winter travel. Sled Safely Every winter, people get hurt badly while sledding in the park. Sledding accidents send over 20,000 people to emergency rooms each year in this country. Don’t let an accident ruin your winter fun. • When sledding, slide feet frst. • Consider wearing a helmet. • Make sure your path is clear. Don’t slide near rocks, trees, branches, or other people. • After sliding, look uphill. Move out of the way of people coming downhill after you. • Don’t slide into roads or parking lots. • Avoid hard-packed snow or ice, where speed and direction get out of control. • Sliding devices that can be steered may be safer than others. In an emergency, contact a ranger or call 911. There is a public telephone at Wolverton Snowplay Area. The closest telephone to Columbine, Big Stump, Cherry Gap, and Quail Flat snowplay areas is at Kings Canyon Visitor Center in Grant Grove Village. Tips for Your Visit Ranger Programs Are On Hold Due to the pandemic, no ranger programs are currently scheduled. We look forward to adding programs as soon as it's safe for our visitors and our rangers. Sequoia Parks Conservancy may ofer programs this winter. Check sequoiaparksconservancy.org for details. Fire Restrictions May Be in Effect Depending on conditions when you visit, fire restrictions may be in effect due to dry conditions, and wood and charcoal fires (including woodburning stoves) will be prohibited atlower elevations. Check for current restrictions before you visit or when you get here. Free Park Mobile App Download our official app for maps, self-guided tours, and information about nearly 200 park features and locations. The app is available through the Apple App or the Google Play stores. Search for NPS Sequoia & Kings Canyon. If possible, download and install before you arrive at the parks. Cell service is limited here, but free WiFi is available outside Foothills and Kings Canyon visitor centers. Be sure to enable location services, and to download offline content in the app settings so the app will work when you're out of cell range. Roadside Camping Roadside camping is not permitted in the parks. Camp only in designated sites in campgrounds. In the national forest, it's permitted unless posted otherwise. Sequoia Parks Conservancy, the official nonprofit partner to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, welcomes you! We work hand-in-hand with the National Park Service to provide tours and retail services, fund critical projects, and protect and preserve park treasures for future generations. We help you make a deeper connection to the parks, so visit us online to learn more about everything we do. We’ve saved a place for you— come join us! @SequoiaParksConservancy @SeqParksCon Shop our online store! 4 Be Safe You are Responsible for Your Safety Beautiful, yet remote and rugged, these parks present hazards. Mountain weather changes quickly, trees fall without warning, and wild animals pose dangers. People cause other hazards by driving poorly, leaving campfires burning, and making bad decisions. Cell phones can’t be relied on and GPS directions may send you in the wrong direction. Every day, we help visitors who have emergencies. Please help us by being prepared—review these safety warnings. Your safety is in your own hands! River Safety á While swimming in the parks' lakes and rivers can be tempting, drowning is the primary cause of death here! Rivers present great danger due to their swift currents and slippery rocks. In river-related deaths, many people did not intend to swim, but fell in. Currents are strong even during low water. Drop-offs and undertows are ever-present. Be vigilant. Once in a river, getting out can be nearly impossible. Cold water rapidly saps your strength and hypothermia can set in quickly even if it is warm outside. • Do not swim in areas with strong currents, or steep drop-offs. • DO NOT leave children unattended. • Swimming and alcohol or drugs do not mix. Swim sober. • Wear sturdy shoes. Sharp objects in the water can cut bare feet. • During storms, get out of the water and exit beach areas. • NEVER SWIM ALONE. Explore Safely • Avoid traveling alone. Tell someone your plans and expected return time. • Take a map, water, fashlight, and extra layers of clothes. Do not rely on your phone's map or fashlight. • Be alert for potential hazards above, around, and on the ground. Tree Hazards Branches and trees may fall, whether dead or alive, and when there is no wind. Keep eyes and ears open. Run if you hear cracks or snapping from roots, trunks, or branches (sometimes there is no sound). Don't linger under dead, cracked, broken, or hanging branches. Avoid spending any time under trees that are rotten at the base or have cracked bark that is peeling of the trunk. Air Quality Poor air quality often afects the parks, especially during the summer. In summer months, ozone concentrations often exceed federal health standards. Ozone can have negative health efects, particularly for sensitive groups such as children, older people, and those with heart or lung disease. For air quality forecasts, visit the park website or follow @SequoiaKingsAir on Twitter. West Nile Virus & Tick Bites West Nile virus is passed by bites from infected mosquitos. Human illness is not common but take steps to avoid mosquito bites. Ticks are common in grassy, brushy lowelevation areas. They can carry diseases that harm humans. Check yourself for these insects after walks; their bite is painless. Remove them carefully with tweezers and seek a doctor’s advice. j Rattlesnakes Rattlesnakes are common in the Sequoia foothills and in the Kings Canyon at low elevations. Watch where you put your hands and feet! Do not harass or kill them; this is when most bites occur. Bites are rarely lethal, but tissue damage can be severe. If bitten, don’t panic and call 911. Plague & Hantavirus Plague and hantavirus are associated with wildlife here, but cases of human infection are rare. Rodents and their feas may carry plague, which may infect humans when bitten. Hantavirus is an airborne virus that comes from infected deer mice. Typically people contract hantavirus after they clean areas or are in enclosed spaces with deer mice feces. ` Keep Pets Safe D Don't Lose Your Brakes To keep pets and wildlife safe, animals must be on a leash at all times. Pets are vulnerable to tick and snake bites. Bears and deer have also been known to charge or attack dogs. Pick up all pet waste and dispose of properly. Pets are not allowed on any park trails. Do not leave pets unattended or in vehicles where they can easily overheat. Poison Oak This common shrub grows up to 5,000 feet (1,524 m) in elevation, and can cause an itchy rash if you touch it. Poison oak has leaves in groups of three. Leaves are red and berries whitish in fall. The plant is bare in winter, and has shiny green leaves in spring. If you touch any part of it, wash skin and clothes with soap and warm water right away. If you keep a foot on the brake for too long, brakes may fail. Instead, always downshift when going downhill. In automatic vehicles, put the gearshift on 1, 2, or L. The engine gets louder, but your brakes won't overheat. COVID-19 Safety Recreate Responsibly When you're looking for places to visit in the parks, check parking lots. If they're full, it may be difficult to practice distancing at that location. Consider finding another spot to visit where it's less crowded. Keep Bears Wild and Safe Bears can grab unattended food or break into cars where food is visible. They become bold and aggressive if they get human food. Too often, these bears must be killed. Food storage is key to keeping humans safe and bears alive. In Wilderness Hanging food often fails! Store all food in a bear-resistant storage container. These containers weigh less than 3 pounds (1.3 kg), hold up to 5 days of food, and fit in a backpack. A list of approved containers can be found on our website. Metal boxes are located in a few wilderness locations. Distance yourself from other hikers. If you encounter someone on a narrow trail, try to step aside in a place where you can give them at least six feet (2 m) of distance to pass. Avoid crowded viewpoints and pullouts. Give hikers travelling uphill the right of way. Hike with family members or people you've already had contact with. Keep Yourself Safe Limit your group size to six or fewer people. If your family is larger, split into smaller groups. Try not to touch outdoor exhibits, railings, or other surfaces, especially in high-traffc areas. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently and before you get back in your car. Bring hand sanitizer. It may not always be available in park restrooms. Play It Safe Choose an easier activity that reduces the chance that you might need to be rescued and add to the strain on our health care and emergency resources. Be thoughtful about your impact on local communities. 5 Day Hikers Properly store all food, scented items, and foodrelated supplies left at the trailhead inside a provided food storage box, including coolers. If you're concerned about touching the handles of shared boxes, consider uisng hand sanitizer before and after using them. If no food storage box is available, store food in your car trunk. For vehicles with no trunk, place food items low and out of sight and keep windows closed. When hiking, don't leave your backpack and walk off to take a photograph— always stay within arm's length of your food. Bears know backpacks are a source of food. Lodges Don’t let bears approach you, your food, picnic area, or campsite. Wave your arms, make loud noises, and throw small rocks toward them (avoid hitting the face or head). Keep a safe distance but be persistent. Abandoning your food teaches bears that foods come from humans; the bear may hurt a person in the future to get food. If a bear does get your food, NEVER try to get it back. Touring and Picnicking Food items MUST be stored in food storage boxes when provided. If no food storage box is available, food items must be inside your car trunk or if no trunk, place food items low in the vehicle, out of sight, and keep windows closed. While picnicking, never move away from coolers and tables when food is out. Stay within arm's length of food. Remove all food and child safety seats from your vehicle. Bears can smell anything with a scent—such as hand sanitizer, cosmetics, toiletries, trash, and cleaning supplies—and will mistake these items for food. Store anything with an odor. Wildlife Viewing & Safety © Kiel Maddox. Keep Wildlife Safe Mountain Lions and Bobcats Do not feed or touch ANY wild animals. All animals in the parks are wild. View animals at safe distances (the length of two city buses) or through binoculars. Never disrupt, approach, or disturb animals from behaving normally. Rarely seen, bobcats are larger than house cats and have bobbed tails. Mountain lions (cougars) are much larger and have long tails. Cats usually run when seen. If you see a mountain lion that doesn’t run: • Do not run; running may trigger pursuit. • Pick up children. • Try to appear as large as possible—don’t crouch down. • Hold your ground or back away slowly while facing the mountain lion. • If the mountain lion acts aggressively, wave your hands, shout, and throw stones or sticks at it. • If attacked, fght back! Report any sightings. 6 Foothills Explore the foothills, home to more species of plants and animals than the rest of these parks combined. Chaparral, oak woodlands, and river canyons offer spring wildfowers, hot summers, and mild winters. Currently Open & Available Marble Falls Paradise Creek Foothills Visitor Center Visitor center staff are usually available to help with trip-planning. Look for an information kiosk to the right of the visitor center plaza. Information services may be suspended due to staffing, or other conditions. Sequoia Parks Conservancy's park store at Foothills Visitor Center is usually open daily for sales of maps, books, and other items. Free WiFi is available in the visitor center area. Potwisha Campground (only with reservations made in advance) Self-registration wilderness permits A drop box is outside the visitor center near the restrooms. Mineral King The road to this area is closed for the season. Because of the recent Castle Fire, wilderness lands in this area may be closed to the public. In winter, trails often require snowshoes or skis and skill with a map and compass. If wilderness lands in this area reopen and you're interested in a wilderness trip, ask for a gate code at Foothills Visitor Center. The closest parking is 2 miles (3.2 km) before Atwell Mill Campground, 7 miles (11.3 km) before most trailheads. Services and Facilities Mineral King Ranger Station Closed until late May. Wilderness Permits ô Tunnel Rock Marble Falls Trail Snap a picture at this iconic pullout off the Generals Highway. A new trail is under construction here this winter. Please follow posted speed limits and respect closures. Poison oak is common here. For a walk that offers short or longer options, park across the highway from Potwisha Campground (not in the campground). Near site #14, follow the dirt road along canals. Climb 3.7 miles (6 km) to reach the waterfall. High temperatures and little shade or water can make this trail dangerous. ô Hospital Rock Picnic Area See rock paintings and explore exhibits about the California Native Americans who lived here, and still visit and live nearby. A short trail built by the Civilian Conservation Corps leads to a waterfall. Be careful; drownings occur here. Instead of leaving food in your vehicle, use the metal food-storage boxes to store your food from bears. Paradise Creek Trail For a creekside walk, park at Hospital Rock Picnic Area and walk 0.6 miles (0.9 km) to Buckeye Flat Campground. Take the path across from site #28 and cross a footbridge over the river. Follow Paradise Creek (not the river) for 2 miles (3.2 km) until the trail grows faint. You may need to negotiate downed trees along the trail. Snowplay in Sequoia National Park Snowplay at Wolverton Wolverton Road starts just north of the Sherman Tree. Turn on this road to reach the snowplay area. It is plowed during daylight hours Fridays through Sundays plus Wednesdays and holidays, through mid-March. After storms, it may take hours to open this road as plows must clear the main road first. Sledding is at the end of the road. Call 911 in case of emergency from the pay telephone outside the building next to the restrooms. Wuksachi Lodge Lodgepole Wolverton Snowplay Area General Sherman Tree Giant Forest Museum Please don't leave broken sleds and trash behind! Too often spring melt reveals piles of trash left in the snow. If wilderness lands in this area reopen, selfregister for local wilderness permits at Atwell Mill or Mineral King Ranger Station. Silver City Mountain Resort (private) Closed until late May. Foothills Visitor Center Giant Forest and Lodgepole 7 Welcome to the big trees in winter. Once snow builds up, look for yellow markers on trees in the Giant Forest to fnd designated ski and snowshoe trails. Winter trail maps are available at Giant Forest Museum. Moro Rock/Crescent Meadow Road Visiting the General Sherman Tree Two trails lead to the world’s largest tree: Main Sherman Tree Trail and Parking This 0.5-mile (0.8 km) trail down to the tree has some stairs; the walk back is uphill. Benches provide rest points along the way. Drive 2 miles (3 km) north of Giant Forest Museum (past the small Sherman Tree accessible parking lot). Turn onto Wolverton Road and follow signs to the parking area. When snow begins to accumulate, this trail and parking area usually close. No shuttle service is planned this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Once snow accumulates, the Sherman Tree Main Trailhead and Parking Area may close. Use this map to find parking and hiking options for the General Sherman Tree. A B Wheelchair-Accessible and Winter Sherman Tree Trail from the Generals Highway Before snow begins to accumulate, parking here is only for those with disability placards. If you don't have a placard, but can’t walk the hill on the main trail, ask at a visitor center for a temporary permit. When snow begins to accumulate, this parking area is open to all. Check signage at the parking area before parking here if you don't have an accessibility placard. Main Sherman Tree Parking Take Wolverton Road and follow signs. This parking area usually closes when snow accumulates. Accessible and Winter Sherman Tree Parking This parking area is on the main park highway. When the main parking area closes, this parking is open to all. C D Congress Trail - From the Sherman Tree, continue along this fairly level 2-mile (3.2 km) loop through the heart of the Giant Forest sequoia grove. Wolverton Picnic Area & Trailhead The Wolverton Trail leads to the Sherman Tree. Check a trail map for details. Lodgepole Campground A 2.8-mile (4.5 km) trail leads from here to the General Sherman Tree. Look for the trailhead near the amphitheater. Wuksachi Lodge Lodgepole Campground Grant Grove Park only in designated spots in parking areas or in (1 hour) D paved pullouts. Vehicles parked in unpaved areas along the highway pose a danger to traffic and may be ticketed. C If parking areas for the Sherman Tree trails are full, consider coming back later in the day, or visiting sequoias in a quieter area. Options for seeing the Giant Forest sequoia grove include Big Trees Trail, Hazelwood Nature Loop, and hikes beginning at Giant Forest Museum. A Tree Parking Wolverton Main Sherman B Sherman Tree Trail accessible parking Currently Open or Available Wuksachi Lodge, Takeout Food, and Gifts Lodging reservations are highly recommended. Limited to-go meals are available at the restaurant. At the gift shop, gifts, limited grocery and prepacked lunch items are available. Self-registration wilderness permits at Giant Forest Museum This 3-mile (5 km), dead-end road closes with snowfall to become a ski and snowshoe trail. It begins at Giant Forest Museum. Walkers & snowshoers: Please don't walk in ski tracks; the footprints can trip skiers. Ask at the museum about snow conditions along the road. Tunnel Log - Go under a fallen sequoia that was tunneled through. This is the only “tree you can drive (or ski) through” in these parks. Crescent Meadow - Sequoias surround this fragile wetland. Stay on designated trails. Several trails start here, such as the 1-mile (1.6 km) route to Tharp’s Log, a historic cabin made from a fallen sequoia. The High Sierra Trail begins here, leading 60 miles (97 km) to Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Col. Young Tree - Park at the Auto Log and walk to a sequoia named for a notable Buffalo Soldier who was also the park's first Black superintendent. ô Big Trees Trail A level, paved loop with trailside exhibits about sequoias. Start your walk at Giant Forest Museum for a 1-mile (1.6 km) round-trip walk. Ski or snowshoe once snow gets deep. There are no yellow ski-trail markers along this trail. If you have a disability placard, park at the trailhead for a 0.75-mile (1 km) loop. Check signage at the parking area before parking here if you don't have a placard. Tokopah Falls The 1.7-mile (2.7 km) trail starts in Lodgepole Campground and ends at a viewpoint near the cascades of Tokopah Falls. Return the same way for a 3.4-mile (5.5 km) round-trip hike. Be careful around the water; cold, swift currents are difficult to escape, and ice and snow can make rocks near the water's edge slippery. When the campground is closed park in the large lot just beyond the campground kiosk or at the visitor center. Closed for the Season Giant Forest Museum Lodgepole Visitor Center Staff may be available to help with tripplanning. Sequoia Shuttles Sequoia Parks Conservancy's Park Store at Giant Forest Museum Bearpaw High Sierra Camp The store may be open for sales of maps, books, and other items. Crystal Cave Lodgepole Campground Lodgepole Market and Grill Public showers and laundry 8 Grant Grove Wander through snowy sequoia groves and stop by the visitor center to warm up. From lively Grant Grove Village to lofty Big Baldy Ridge, Grant Grove offers a chance to explore with amenities nearby. Grant Tree Trail This is the only intermittently plowed trail in the area. Beware of slippery ice and packed snow! General Grant, one of the world’s largest trees, grows along this 1/3-mile (0.5 km) paved trail. Designated the Nation's Christmas Tree, this giant is also the only living national shrine honoring those who died for our country. Other features on this trail incude the historic Gamiln Cabin and the Fallen Monarch, a hollow sequoia log that's large enough to walk into. Trail guides are sold at visitor centers & the trailhead. One mile (1.6km) from Grant Grove Village; go north on Highway 180 and follow signs. North Grove Loop This lightly traveled, 1.5-mile (2.4 km) loop offers a close look at sequoias and a quiet forest walk. Look for the trailhead and an orientation map in the overflow parking area near the Grant Tree Trail. Visitor Center to Grant Tree Trailhead Snowplay in Kings Canyon National Park Snowplay at Grant Grove Use Big Stump and Columbine picnic areas only. Snowplay is prohibited in all other areas in Grant Grove. Big Stump may close due to facilities maintenance. Azalea Campground is for campers only. A pay telephone is located outside of Kings Canyon Visitor Center in Grant Grove Village. Have fun and stay safe! Nearby Forest Service areas: Quail Flat and Cherry Gap trailheads are designated national forest snowplay areas. Other areas offer opportunities for skiing and snowshoeing. Ask for directions at the visitor center. General Grant Tree Columbine Snowplay Area Kings Canyon Visitor Center GRANT GROVE 180 180 Big Stump Entrance Big Stump Snowplay Area Quail Flat Snowplay Area ls ra ay hw Hig K I NGS CANY ON NATI ONAL PARK ne Ge This 2-mile (3.2 km) round-trip forested trail passes through Azalea Campground and Columbine Picnic Area and has a 400’ (120 m) elevation change. Start from the Grant Tree parking area or across the highway from the visitor center. Cherry Gap Snowplay Area Currently Open & Available Azalea Campground Limited number of first-come, first-served sites. Grant Grove Post Offce Grant Grove Market Tentatively scheduled to be open daily. Grant Grove Gift Shop Tentatively open on weekends and holidays. Self-registration wilderness permits Kings Canyon Visitor Center Staff