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Sequoia & Kings Canyon Guide

Late Summer 2021

brochure Sequoia & Kings Canyon Guide - Late Summer 2021

Late Summer 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 Summer 2021 Information in this newspaper can change at any time as we work to safely increase access to these parks. Giant Sequoias Free Mobile App Giant sequoias are icons of resilience. They were once well-adapted to survive thousands of years in a landscape visited by fre, drought, and beetle attacks, but climate change is putting them at risk from all three! Last year’s Castle Fire burned so intensely that thousands of large sequoias were killed. Hotter droughts and beetle attacks are taking their toll as well. Park scientists fear that despite their incredible toughness, without action, more of these magnifcent giants may die in alarming numbers. Install the new free National Park Service app for More low-intensity wildfre, prescribed fre, and other approaches to reduce unnatural accumulations of dead trees and other vegetation will help restore groves to healthier conditions, though more research is necessary to understand what sequoias need to survive for the next two millennia. But perhaps the most powerful defenders of sequoias are those who come to the parks and learn, teach others, and take steps toward a world where the sequoias visible today stand for hundreds or thousands of years more, for future visitors to stand beneath in awe. more trip-planning information. Search for National Park Service in the iTunes or Google Play stores, and then choose Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Be sure to download content for use ofine during your visit. WiFi may be available at Kings Canyon Visitor Center in Grant Grove or at Foothills Visitor Center near the Sequoia entrance, but it's best to install before you get to the parks. The 2020 Castle Fire killed thousands of mature sequoias in the Board Camp grove. NPS / Anthony Caprio General Information ........... 2 Wildlife Safety ........................5 Grant Grove & Cedar Grove...8 Información en español ..... 10-11 Safety ................................... 3 Foothills ..................................6 National Forest Lands ............9 Información de seguridad ...... 10 Camping & SPC Tours .......... 4 Giant Forest & Lodgepole ......7 Wilderness ..............................9 Shuttles & Parking................... 12 2 General Information Contacts Frequently Asked Questions Accessibility Cell service Pets Cell service is extremely limited here, and mainly is available for some networks near entrance stations. Pets are not permitted on any trails in Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times, or appropriately crated or caged. Pets cannot be left tied and unattended at any time. The leash must be no longer than 6 feet (1.8 meters) long. We are committed to a continuing efort 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_Interpretation@nps.gov or call us at 559-565-3341. Drones Accessibility Guide EMERGENCY — DIAL 911 No coins are needed in pay phones for 911 calls. Sequoia & Kings Canyon (NPS) 559-565-3341 (24 hour): Recorded information is available for road conditions, weather, current fres, camping, lodging, wilderness, and more. Unmanned aircraft are not allowed in these parks. This includes drones and other remotely piloted vehicles. Marijuana GPS GPS programs often misdirect travellers here. Use maps and signs, or ask for directions. Web & Social Media www.nps.gov/seki @sequoiakingsnps @sequoiakingsnps @sequoiakingsnps Sequoia National Forest/ Monument (USFS) 559-338-2251, fs.usda.gov/sequoia Yosemite National Park (NPS) 209-372-0200, nps.gov/yose California Road Conditions (CalTrans) 800-427-7623, dot.ca.gov Free Public WiFi Locations Foothills Visitor Center (Sequoia National Park), Kings Canyon Visitor Center (Grant Grove). Campground Reservations Visit Recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777 (TDD: 877-833-6777). 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 parks. Fire Restrictions Because of summer heat and dry conditions, fre restrictions may be 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. Restrictions may increase throughout the summer as fre danger increases. Check for updates on park bulletin boards, at visitor centers, or by visiting go.nps.gov/sekifrerestrictions. Firearms in these National Parks People who can legally possess frearms under federal, California, and local laws may possess frearms here. You are responsible for understanding and complying with all applicable California, local, and federal frearms laws. Discharge of frearms in the parks is prohibited. Free Public WiFi Locations Foothills Visitor Center (Sequoia National Park), Kings Canyon Visitor Center (Grant Grove). No password is needed. Translations Delaware North (Authorized Concessioner) Welcome - You may borrow a Braille copy of the park map & guide at visitor centers. Visit www.visitsequoia.com or call (866) 807-3598 for lodging reservations. Bienvenidos - Hay un folleto en español disponible en los centros de visitante. Cedar Grove Pack Station (Authorized Concessioner) Bienvenue - Une guide ofcielle est disponible dans les centres d’information. Grant Grove: 559-335-9292 https://grantgrovestables.com/ Wilkommen - Eine Landkarte ist auch in deutscher sprache im Besucher-zentrum erhaltlich. Cedar Grove: 559-565-3464 cedargrovepackstation.com Benvenuti - La traduzione in lingua Italiana della mappa e’ disponibile in tutti i centri di informazioni. Ask at any visitor center for a printed accessibility guide. This new publication ofers details about accessible park features by area and for diferent user groups. The information in the guide is also available online at www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/ accessibility.htm. Visitor Centers All visitor centers and museums have paved, fat paths leading from parking areas to information desks, exhibits, bookstores, water bottle flling stations, and restrooms. Cedar Grove Visitor Center is small, and may be difcult 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. Wheelchairs may be borrowed at no cost at Kings Canyon and Cedar Grove visitor centers, or at 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 and open captioning are available for ranger programs and park flms. Borrow a device at park visitor centers. 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. Park 3 miles (4.8 km) east of the Village road. Paved, relatively accessible. Be Safe You are Responsible for Your Safety 3 Explore Safely 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 campfres 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. • 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. Please help us by being prepared—review these safety warnings. Your safety is in your own hands! • Be alert for potential hazards above, around, and on the ground. River Safety á While swimming in the parks' lakes and rivers can be tempting, drowning is the primary cause of death here! 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. Rivers present great danger due to their swift currents and slippery rocks. In riverrelated 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. 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. 4 Camping Campgrounds Are Open By Reservations Only In 2021, most park campgrounds are scheduled to reopen. Reservations will be required for ALL park campgrounds. No frst-come, frst-served sites will be available. Due to increased demand and closure of some campgrounds for hazard tree removal, we expect campground availability to be very limited this year. Make reservations by midnight at least two days before your check-in date, or up to one month in advance: RV and Trailer Length Limits If you're driving an RV, trailer, or a longer vehicle, check length limits on park roads and at campsites. Check-in and Check-out Check-in is at 12 pm or later. Check out before 12 pm. If you have not checked in by noon on the second day of your reserved period, your reserved site may be considered unoccupied and opened to new campers. Campsite Amenities (877) 444-6777 Each campsite has a table, food storage box, and a fre ring with a grill. Each accommodates up to six people and one vehicle. There are no RV hook-ups in the parks. (877) 833-6777 TDD Roadside Camping www.recreation.gov Group Camping Roadside camping is not permitted in the park. Camp only in designated sites in campgrounds. In the national forest, it's permitted unless posted otherwise. Group camping is suspended until further notice due to COVID-19. Fire Restrictions (888) 448-1474 customer service No Showers/Laundry Available Due to extreme fre danger, record setting temperatures, and drought, fre restrictions at at their highest level. Wood and charcoal fres (including wood-burning stoves) are illegal at all elevations and locations, including campgrounds. Gas, propane, alcohol (with and without a shutof valve), and tablet/cube stoves are permitted in all areas. Quiet and Generator Hours Noise should be audible in your site only. Quiet hours are 10 pm–6 am (no generators). At Lodgepole, generator use is permitted from 8 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 8 pm. Propane and Fuel Canisters Please recycle fuel canisters at home. Do not put them in park trash cans or leave them here. Dump Stations RV dump stations are available at Potwisha and Lodgepole campgrounds, or for a fee at Princess Campground in Sequoia National Forest. Lodgepole Dump Station will be closed May 24–June 27. Potwisha Dump Station will be closed August 2–25. Closures schedules for maintenance may change. Sequoia Parks Conservancy Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC), the ofcial nonproft partner to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, welcomes you! We work hand-inhand with the National Park Service to provide tours and retail services, fund critical projects, and protect and preserve park treasures for future generations. Visit us online to learn more about everything we do. We’ve saved a place for you—come join us! Crystal Cave Tour - 50 minutes Tours begin on Friday, May 28, 2021. General tour schedule is: @SequoiaParksConservancy Formations in Crystal Cave Crystal Cave @SeqParksCon Shop our online store! Crystal Cave Tours Tickets on sale now! Reserve tickets online at www. recreation.gov at least 48 hours in advance. We recommend reserving tickets as soon as possible, as tickets sell out months in advance. Getting There Crystal Cave Road is 15 miles (24 km) from Sequoia National Park's entrance at Highway 198 and 3 miles (5 km) south of Sherman Tree. Maximum vehicle length on this narrow road is 22 feet (6.7 m). When traveling to the cave, plan time for delays in getting through the park entrances or on busy roads, especially on weekends and holidays. Please arrive in the parking lot 15 to 20 minutes prior to your designated tour time. The Crystal Cave Road closes one hour after the last tour of the day. Prepare For Your Tour Be sure to use the parking lot restrooms as the cave has none. Wear sturdy shoes for the steep 0.5-mile (0.8-km) 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 fash/lighted photography/video. Not wheelchair accessible. Tour times are subject to change. • Tours on Thursday through Sunday (closed Monday through Wednesday) • Tours at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm Ticket prices: Age 5–12 $8; 13–64 $16; 65 & up $15. No discounts for SPC members, or National Parks or America the Beautiful passholders. Masks required on tours. SPC Adventures We've Saved A Place For You! We're here to help you have a fun and memorable journey in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. We'll connect you to the biggest trees, the darkest skies, and the wildest wilderness. Everything is here waiting. The only thing missing is you. For more information, call 559-565-4251, or visit www.sequoiaparks.org/adventures. Dark Skies & Dark Sky Festival The festival is going virtual again this year! Join our virtual festival this year September 10-12, 2021. Visit our website at www.sequoiaparksconservancy.org/ darkskyfestival for more information. Keep Bears Wild and Safe Other Camping Options Due to COVID-19, camping may be limited. Visit www. fs.usda.gov/sequoia for details about their facilities and services, and visit Recreation.gov for camping reservations. 5 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 bearresistant storage container. These containers weigh less than 3 pounds (1.3 kg), hold up to 5 days of food, and ft in a backpack. Rent bearresistant storage containers at park visitor centers. A list of approved containers can be found on our website. Metal boxes are located in a few wilderness locations. Sequoia National Forest (U.S. Forest Service) Near Grant Grove HUME LAKE AREA CAMPGROUNDS Princess, Hume Lake, Tenmile, Landslide, and Convict Flat campgrounds BIG MEADOWS AND STONY CREEK AREA CAMPGROUNDS Stony Creek, Upper Stony Creek, Horse Camp, and Big Meadow campgrounds Everyone DISPERSED CAMPING Self-contained camping, with no water, restrooms, trash cans, or other amenities is permitted in the national forest (not in the national parks). Check with Sequoia National Forest for time and group size limits. Free permits for portable stoves available at www.readyforwildfre.org/permits. No open fres allowed outside campgrounds. Permits are also available at Hume Lake Ranger District ofce. Lake Kaweah (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) Near Three Rivers Campgrounds Store food day and night in the metal food storage boxes provided (avoid using coolers that won’t ft; most boxes are 47" long x 33" deep x 28" high. Store ALL food, coolers, related items, and anything with an odor. Even non-food items must be stored 24 hours a day when not in use. This includes unopened cans and bottles. Make sure food storage boxes are completely latched. Food not properly stored will be impounded. Keep a clean campsite. Deposit garbage immediately in trash cans or dumpsters. Do not leave garbage unattended! Take child safety seats out of cars—the smells they absorb may attract bears. Lodges Horse Creek Campground Remove all food and child safety seats from your vehicle. 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. If your vehicle doesn't have a 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. 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 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. 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: Never disrupt, approach, or disturb animals from behaving normally. • • • • • © Kiel Maddox • 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 golden 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. Services and Facilities Marble Falls Paradise Creek Foothills Visitor Center Open 8:30 am–4 pm daily, with capacity limits. Exhibits not yet available, but may open soon. A veces hay guardabosques aqui quienes hablan Español. Sequoia Parks Conservancy's Park Store ô Tunnel Rock ô Hospital Rock Picnic Area At Foothills Visitor Center, open daily 8:30 am–4 pm. Maps, books, and other items are available. Free WiFi here—no password required. Snap a picture at this iconic pullout of the Generals Highway. Walk on the old road under this rock formation, but do not climb. Poison oak is common here. A construction project is underway here to improve access. 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. Store your food from bears. Marble Falls Trail Paradise Creek Trail For a short walk along canals or a long walk to a waterfall, 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) through to the waterfall. High temperatures and little shade or water can make this trail dangerous in the summer. For a creekside stroll, park at Hospital Rock Picnic Area (not in campground). 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 1 mile (1.6 km) until the trail grows faint. Wilderness Offce Local permits for overnight travel available 7 am–3:30 pm, at the Wilderness Ofce. Follow the dirt path to the right of the visitor center. Go to the Fire Management and Wilderness Ofce across the parking lot. When the ofce is closed, self-registration permits are available outside the visitor center. Mineral King Climb the steep, winding road, the parks' highest, to its peak at 7,800 feet (2,377 m). Enjoy this remote, rugged place, or follow a trail into a vast wilderness. Services and Facilities Mineral King Ranger Station Open 7:30 am–4 pm. Get trail and local information. Pay phones nearby at Cold Springs Campground and the Sawtooth Trailhead parking area. Mineral King Valley Wilderness Permits Local wilderness permits for overnight travel are issued at the ranger station, 8 am–3:30 pm. Cold Springs Nature Trail Silver City Mountain Resort (private) Stroll through meadows and aspen groves on this slightly sloped, 1-mile (1.6 km) trail. Start at Cold Springs Campground. Cabins, gifts, showers, store, restaurant with a bakery and wif. No gas. Open 8 am–7 pm Monday–Thursday and 8 am–8 pm Friday through Sunday. Call 559-561-3223. Protect your car from marmots! Marmots in this area sometimes chew through vehicle wires and fuel lines. Drive over your tarp and then wrap it around your vehicle, covering wheel wells. Extra tarps may be available at the ranger station. Eagle Lake Ascend the west side of the Mineral King Valley to a glacially carved tarn. This steep trail is 3.6 miles (5.7 km) one way, and begins at the end of Mineral King Road. After 2 miles (3.2 km), the trail splits. Turn left for Eagle Lake, or take the right-hand trail another 1.6 miles (2.5 km) for Mosquito Lake. Paradise Ridge Hike through sequoias to a ridge with views of the Great Western Divide. Park in the lot east of Atwell Mill Campground and walk past the campground to the trailhead. Climb 3.7 miles (5.9 km) to the peak of the ridge, or continue into wilderness. Atwell-Hockett to Deer Creek Walk through sequoias and an old sawmill to a waterfall. Park in the lot east of Atwell Mill Campground and walk toward the campground to the trailhead. This trail heads far into wilderness. Turn back in 1.5 miles (2.4 km) at Deer Creek. Monarch Lakes Upper and Lower Monarch Lakes lie at the foot of Sawtooth Peak, at the end of a 4.2 mile (one-way) hike. Since the trail follows a west-facing slope, it is best to get an early start. The trail passes through meadows, red fr forest, and the avalanche-scoured Chihuahua Bowl. Giant Forest and Lodgepole 7 Welcome to the big trees. Here, free park shuttles will take you through the world's biggest unlogged sequoia grove, home of the world's largest tree. Park your car and discover serene meadows, rocky streams, and towering forests. Shuttles travel throughout the Giant Forest and Lodgepole area. General Sherman Tree Two trails lead to the world’s largest tree: Main Trail - Park at Main Sherman Tree Parking. This 0.5-mile (0.8-km) trail down to the tree has stairs and the walk back is uphill. If someone in your group can't manage the uphill hike, consider hiking the accessible trail (see below), park at Lodgepole or Wolverton, and ride the shuttle. ô Wheelchair-accessible trail from the highwayA disability placard is required to park here. Congress Trail - Park at Wolverton or Lodgepole shuttle parking. From the Sherman Tree, continue along this fairly level 2-mile (3.2-km) loop through the heart of the Giant Forest sequoia grove. Moro Rock/Crescent Meadow Road This 3-mile (4.8-km), dead-end road begins at Giant Forest Museum. Expect congestion and limited parking. This road may be closed to vehicles on weekends and holidays. When the road is closed, you may either ride the shuttle or hike to access Moro Rock and other features. Visitors with disability placards or wilderness permits can be granted access—inquire at Giant Forest Museum. Col. Young Tree - Begin at the Auto Log and walk to a sequoia named for a notable Bufalo Soldier. Crescent Meadow - Sequoias surround this fragile wetland. Several trails start here, including the 1-mile (1.6-km) route to Tharp’s Log. ô Big Trees Trail This level loop has trailside exhibits about sequoias. Start at Giant Forest Museum for a 1-mile (1.6-km) Services and Facilities Giant Forest Museum While the museum exhibits are closed, look for our information kiosk right outside of the museum. Open 9 am–5 pm daily. A veces hay guardabosques aqui quienes hablan Español. Sequoia Parks Conservancy's Park Store at Giant Forest Museum Open daily, 7 am–5 pm for sales of maps, books, bear canister rentals, and other items. Closures at noon may occur occasionally. round-trip walk. If you have a disability placard, park at the trailhead for a 0.75-mile (1-km) loop. Tokopah Falls Park at Lodgepole Campground parking lot, just past the campground kiosk. 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) roundtrip hike. Be careful around the water; cold, swift currents are difcult to escape. Beetle Rock A short walk along a wheelchair-accessible trail from the Giant Forest Museum parking area. Take in spectacular views with ample space. Cahoon Meadow This 5-mile (8-km) out-and-back starts at Lodgepole Campground. Park at Lodgepole Campground parking lot, just past the campground kiosk and cross the bridge. Hike along the Twin Lakes Trail on your way to this secluded meadow. Bear Hill Trail Park at Giant Forest Museum and walk toward the Big Trees Trail. The Bear Hill Trail junction will be on the right. Check maps at the museum's Trail Center kiosk for more information. Parking Areas See shuttle routes on page 12 of the newspaper. By parking at these parking areas, you can take advantage of some our shuttle routes. Little Baldy This 3.4-mile (5.5-km) out-and-back trail has 700 feet (200 m) of elevation gain and ofers one of the best views in the park. The trailhead is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of Dorst Campground. Parking is limited, so get here early or later in the day. To Grant Grove (1 hour) Wuksachi Lodge Lodgepole Campground Wolverton Main Sherman Tree Parking Panther Gap Parking available at Wolverton. Under 6 miles (10 km) round trip, this trail follows the Lakes Trail before veering of to Panther Gap. Ascend 1000 feet (300 m) to the gap and amazing views. Sherman Tree Trail accessible parking Giant Forest Museum Sunset Rock Park at Giant Forest Museum where this level 1.4-mile (2 km)round-trip trail begins. It ends on top of a granite dome with sweeping views of the foothills. To Sequoia entrance (1 hour) Crescent Meadow Moro Rock Sequoia Shuttles Wuksachi Lodge (including food services)* Take the free, wheelchair accessible Sequoia Shuttle to sites throughout Giant Forest and Lodgepole. Turn to page 12 for more information. The lodge sits at an elevation of 7200 feet, 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north of Lodgepole Visitor Center. Open year-round, 24 hours a day. Payphones, wif, and ATM. 559-625-7700. Wilderness Permits Local permits for overnight travel are issued at Giant Forest Museum. Before May 28, self-register at Giant Forest Museum. Beginning May 28, the Giant Forest Museum Wilderness Desk will be open, 7 am–3 pm. Lodgepole Market* Open 9 am-6 pm. Supplies, clothing, groceries, ATM, and pay phone. Food services (limited to-go, pre-packed options; limited indoor and outdoor seating): • Breakfast: 7 am–10 am • Lunch: 12 pm–2 pm • Dinner: 5:30 pm–8 pm. Schedule subject to change Gift Shop: Open 8 am–8 pm. Grab-and-go meals Souvenirs and minimal supplies. *Operated by Delaware North Concession 8 Grant Grove Wander through shady sequoia groves and hike to bird's-eye views of distant wilderness. From busy Grant Grove Village to lofty Big Baldy Ridge, Grant Grove offers a chance to explore with amenities nearby. Grant Tree Trail This 0.3-mile (0.5 km) paved, loop trail leads to the world’s second-largest living tree. Drive 0.1 mile north of Grant Grove Village and look for road signs to access parking area. On the trail, look for tactile exhibits about sequoias. Services and Facilities Kings Canyon Visitor Center- Open 8 am-5 pm While the visitor center exhibits are closed, look for our information kiosk right in front of the visitor center. Pay phones and WiFi available. Sequoia Parks Conservancy Park Store Open 9 am–4 pm. Maps, books, and gifts. Wilderness Permits Issued at the visitor center, 8 am–4 pm. North Grove Loop This lightly traveled, 1.5-mile (2.4 km) loop ofers a close look at sequoias and a quiet forest walk. Start at the Grant Tree bus and RV overfow parking area. Grant Grove Village • Market*: Open 9 am–6 pm. Grab-and-go fo

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