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Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park is south of Yosemite National Park. It is famous for it's giant sequoia trees.

Sequoia, and it's neighboring Kings Canyon National Park are not anywhere near as crowded as Yosemite National Park, and still offers it's share of waterfalls, trails, and attractions.

In addition to campgrounds, there are also other lodgings available in the park. Waksachi Lodge and Silver City Mountain Resort in Seqnoia, and cabins in Kings Canyon National Park.

Activities and Attractions

Ranger Talks, fishing, caving (Crystal Cave), hiking, camping.

There are many rivers in the park, but they can be quite dangerous. There are no rivers in sequoia suitable for beginning level kayakers.


All campgrounds, except for Dorst Creek and Lodgepole, are first come-first serve. Reservations can be made at

  • On the main road (Route 198/General's Highway):
    • Potwisha in the foothills.
    • Buckeye Flats in the foothills. First come, first serve
    • Lodgepole Open most of the year. Maybe free in the winter months (but be ready for a deep freeze). Showers and the market place is near by.
    • Dorst Creek
  • Minieral King Road (off of 198, before main gate)
    • Atwell Mill -- away from most attractions. Active marmot area (use chicken wire fence around cars to keep them from gnawing on rubber hoses and wires).
    • Cold Springs -- away from most attractions, remote, partial dirt road.
  • South Fork Drive (off of 198, before mineral king)
    • South Fork -- away from most attractions. South western most corner of the park.

Boy Scout Camps

Seasonal Information




Roads can be dangerous due to thick snow. Many attractions are closed during the winter months, however the museum is open year around. Some of the campgrounds may even be open for free -- if you don't mind 20F (-6C) degree weather and 6 feet of snow... Snows falls can continue on into late April.

Road closures are also common during this time of year. And yes, Black Bears are still active this time of year, but generally prefer the foothills where it is warmer and has less snow. Black bears do not enter a state of true hibernation.



Year Around

Mountain roads can be a bit nerve racking. Follow the speed limit. When they day 10 miles an hour, they mean it! (go 15, and you'll burn rubber)

Black Bears are active year around (they do not truly hibernate), so it is important to always lock up your food. Black Bears are usually not aggressive, but will become so after tasting high energy human food. Don't feed the bears, but if they do get your food, don't take it from them (but be sure to notify a ranger of the incident).

Spring and Summer

Mosquitoes are active a month after the snow melts, especially in May/early June. Mosquitoes can carry diseases, but the actual risk of infection is very low in most parts of the world. Mosquitoes are known to carry the West Nile Virus and Malaria organisms (primarily only in south America and Africa). West Nile Virus only poses a danger to the very young, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Those with the Sickle Cell trait are not affected as much by Malaria.

Ticks can be found in the tall grass before and after the snow fall. If you find a tick, remove it with fine tipped tweezers by pulling straight out. Do not kill the tick while it's still attached, doing so will cause it to regurgitate into the blood stream greatly increasing the risk of infection. Some species of ticks may carry Lyme Disease, but your actual risk of infection is very low.

Rattlesnakes are active after the weather warms up. They normally won't attack humans and will rattle it's tail to alert you of it's presence. They can be found resting in the shade when the sun is high. Some rattlesnakes may be missing their rattle.


Always carry chains, ideally for all four tires (at least one set for the drive wheels). Snow fall can occur all the way through April, and can be several feet in depth.


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