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mid april visit and roads to the sequoia's

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mid april visit and roads to the sequoia's

planning a trip for mid april next year and would like to see the giant sequoias. if I am coming from los angeles area, what is the best way to get into see any giant sequoias, that the roads would most likely be cleared? any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks.

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1. Re: mid april visit and roads to the sequoia's

The road from Three Rivers up into Sequoia is kept clear year round, and unless there's a major snowfall right before you go, it should be open. The other road into the two parks (Sequoia and Kings Canyon) is also kept clear but the road from it into Sequoia is often closed (and they don't usually plow it unless they think major snows are over - it has sometimes been closed until May or maybe even later, WuksachiLodge would know more about that).

So, going up from Three Rivers would be your best bet for getting into Sequoia, where the greatest stands of big trees are. The road is plowed up to the Wuksachi Lodge area, and the closure occurs past that point (so you can't go to Kings Canyon or that part of the park which leads to Kings Canyon). That's okay, because the Big Trees are all along the road that is open.

The road to Crescent Meadow and Moro Rock will likely be closed. It is still possible to hike to these areas, depending on conditions, and without snowshoes, depending on conditions. The General Sherman tree and its wonderful adjacent grove/trail (Congress Trail) should be available. Congress Trail is marked for winter use and people on cross country skis and snowshoes will have used it during winter, usually enough to make the trail pretty obvious.

On your way into the park, you'll see some amazing groves of Giant Sequoias and be able to pull over and photograph them. At the History Center area, there's a big parking lot in the midst of some of the older trees in the Sierras, and west-facing Beetle Rock will be very unlikely to be completely covered in snow. You can probably walk around nearby Round Meadow and have it practically to yourself.

Depending on what kind of winter we have, the meadows will either still be completely under snow (likely) and so Sequoia will resemble a Christmas card scene. Or, if things have been warm and dry, there could be a few early plants emerging around the edges of the meadows (beautiful) or the trails around the meadows can be muddy/slushy. Bringing appropriate waterproof foot gear would be a major thing to think about. But even just getting out of your car at the History Center area or General Sherman area is going to give you lots of chances to see Big Trees.

You can hike from General Sherman to Crescent Meadow when there's snow on the ground (I've done it - not recently, maybe getting too old for that kind of thing) and it is beautiful, but you do need to wear the right footgear (I didn't and was sorry) and wear layers, take food.

Unless you drive back out the same day, the only lodging in the park is Wuksachi Lodge (or you can camp at Lodgepole, if you have appropriate bags for overnight lows in the 20's or teens).

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2. Re: mid april visit and roads to the sequoia's

thank you for that info it will really help us out. never seen sequoias before.

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3. Re: mid april visit and roads to the sequoia's

There is nothing else like the Sequoia National Park forests - any time of year. By April, at some of the lower elevations, the ferns will be showing up and the dogwoods will be leafing out - and then, the main attractions (the trees) are always there - beautiful in any season.

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