By Jake Lee Green
Kern Valley Sun
The primary road into the Sequoia National Forest, General’s Highway, has been reopened following a major snowfall in the area that blanketed giant sequoia groves. Travelers and patrons of the park are still required to attach tires chains and cables.
Shuttle services have yet to begin operations again, but, will do so when conditions allow. Giant Forest, Lodgepole, and Wuksachi Lake are now accessible. Including previously opened portions of the park in lower elevations, such as Potwisha Campground, Hospital Rock Day Use Area, and the Foothills Visitor’s Center.
Visitors can reach Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park via California Highway 180. Tire chains and cables are also necessary for any persons wishing to see the sequoia groves with similar conditions being reported at Giant Grove.
Visitors and patrons of the park’s recreational sites are encouraged to remain vigilant in ever-changing conditions at the parks and roads leading into them. In addition, a full tank of gas, food, water, tire chains, cables, and vehicle maintenance tools are all helpful items to have on hand in a case of dramatic changes in temperature or weather.
In the coming weeks leading into winter road closures may be enacted to coincide with upcoming forecasted storms. Information on these changes in weather or drops in temperature is made available by calling the 24-hour main parks hotline at 559-565-3341(Dial 1, then 1), or the recommended source of updated information which can be found online at:
For additional information on persons planning trips, tire chains/cables, and winter driving please visit: