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Last week brought 23 inches of snow. It set the scene for a winter wonderland in Grant Grove! More may be in the forecast later this week!

Photo credit: L. Amman
In 1903, members of the road crew and buffalo soldiers from the 9th U.S. Cavalry pause for a picture upon completion of the road into Giant Forest.

Col. (then a captain) Charles Young, front row center, not only led this regiment, but was the third African American graduate of West Point. In 2017, his accomplishments, such as the road are traveled by over a million visitors a year. The...
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Thanks to all of our volunteers who make the world a better place by keeping Sequoia and Kings Canyon clean! Thanks for making a difference.

The previous storm left several amazing sights of snowflakes dancing between the pillars of the big trees. While, hiking through the snowfall, a peaceful quiet takes over - almost as though the weather is sucking noise out of the air.

QUESTION: Why is it so quiet when it snows?

For an explanation see the comments below.
#Today on the Big Trees Trail in the Giant Forest. The skies have cleared among the giant sequoias and left between 2 to 3 feet of snow. .

If you plan on visiting this weekend and want to see the snow and the big trees, remember to being tire chains or cables with you. #FindYourPark
Pen, paintbrush and camera have ushered dramatic exposure for National Parks and helped champion the idea of preservation. Your Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks continue to inspire the artist and steward even in the digital age. Today's visitor is just as likely to share multiple photos that not only inspire them while they are here, but expose others all around the world. How do you...
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#UPDATE - The Generals Highway is now #open in Sequoia National Park. Kings Canyon National Park is open. The road between the parks remains closed.

Tire chains or cables are required for both parks in order to see the giant sequoias.

Please be prepared for winter travel as it is currently snowing at higher elevations.

We will keep you updated if conditions change.#ThankYou for your...
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#UPDATE - Due to heavy rainfall and snow last night, the Generals Highway is currently #closed at the Foothills Visitor Center in Sequoia National Park.

Kings Canyon National Park remains #open.

Once the road opens, chains will be required to see the big trees. Access to the Wolverton Snow Play Area is currently closed due dangerous deep water adjacent to the sledding hill - as seen in the...
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Is it fungi, algae, or both?
Come discover the wonders of these water-loving organisms which call Giant Sequoias 'Home'. Just be sure to bring your rain boots! As you can see, new streams and puddles are popping up throughout the area, but Ranger Talks in Grant Grove are still going strong!
Photo Credit: L. Amman
#UPDATE - The Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park is now #open. Following multiple days of storms with mudslides, rockslides, and falling trees, the parks’ road crews have worked to clean-up the highway. Visitors should be prepared for rapidly changing conditions as the next storm is expected this afternoon.

Tire #chains or #cables are required for both parks in order for visitors to...
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Sequoia National Park is proud to house to the Sierra Nevada Inventory and Monitoring Network (SIEN) and recognize the important work they do. During the summer of 2016 SIEN's wetland ecological integrity monitoring project identified and removed a newly discovered weed population and collected evidence to confirm the presence of a rare plant in Kings Canyon. Learn More! [ Nature.nps.gov Link ]
There is a rumor that the tree you could drive through fell down in our park. This sadly happened in Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

The only tree that can be driven through is Tunnel Log - which is a giant sequoia on its side. The area is only accessible when the road to Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow is open.

The other tree, Wawona Tree, was in Yosemite National Park. You can read about the...
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Iconic Sequoia 'Tunnel Tree' Brought Down By California Storm

#UPDATE - The Generals Highway remains #closed in Sequoia National Park at the Foothills Visitor Center for visitor safety. There are rockslides, mudslides, and trees across the road in many areas. Snow is starting to fall in higher elevations.

Visitors are #not able to access the giant sequoias. Potwisha Campground, Giant Forest Museum, General Sherman, and the Lodgepole area remain...
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#Rain is on it's way as seen in this radar loop from the US National Weather Service Hanford California.

As a reminder, the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park will be #closed tonight at 5 pm for visitor safety at the Foothills Visitor Center - 1 mile from the entrance of the park. We will reevaluate the road in the morning and open it as soon as we are able to do so.

We greatly...
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#UPDATE- The Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park is now #open until 5:00 p.m. tonight (1/8/17) for visitor safety. The road #between the parks remains closed.

Weather expected again this afternoon. Be prepared for additional road hazards.

Rivers are expected to rise. Please don’t go near them. As of this morning, the Marble Fork Stream Gauge is discharging over 882 gallons per...
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#UPDATE – The Generals Highway remains #closed in Sequoia National Park at the Foothills Visitor Center. Visitors are #not able to access the giant sequoias. Potwisha Campground, Giant Forest Museum, General Sherman, and the Lodgepole area remain closed.

Kings Canyon National Park remains open.

Crews are working to clear the roads from trees and rockslides. We will provide additional...
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#ALERT - The Generals Highway is #now closed at the Foothills Visitor Center in Sequoia National Park due to rock slides and flooding until further notice.

This means visitors will #not be able to access the big trees, Potwisha Campground, Giant Forest Museum, and the Lodgepole area. Guests with reservations to Wuksachi Lodge are encouraged to call them at this time.

Visitors are able to...
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It has been raining steadily all day in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Snow is melting quick and roads and trails are covered in rainwater and runoff. Grant Grove has been quiet all day, as it appears it will all weekend due to unsafe travel conditions.What a great day to be a duck!
Stay dry everyone!
#UPDATE - The #rain started around 5 am this morning and temps are rising. So far, Sequoia NP Headquarters is reporting in 0.56 inches, Lodgepole: 0.83 inches, and Grant Grove: 0.87 inches.

Roads are very slick and wet. Chain control is still in effect for the parks. Rock slides have been reported along the Generals Highway. Rivers and creeks are rising.

Also, as previously scheduled, the...
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Another powerful storm will affect conditions here from Friday evening, 1/6, through Monday, 1/9. Before planning a visit this weekend, learn more about the predicted impacts of this storm. Very heavy rain and snow could cause dangerous conditions at all elevations:
- In the lower foothills, along the highways that lead into these parks, a flash-flood watch is posted for Saturday morning...
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January 7-9, 2017 Atmospheric River Briefing - NWS Hanford, California

This is a forecast briefing for the upcoming atmospheric river that will impact central California on Sat - Mon, January 7-9, 2017. Forecast is valid as of 1...