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A family visiting sequoia in late march.

Tel Aviv, Israel
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A family visiting sequoia in late march.

Hi everyone.

I have 2 questions for you - we are a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids) visiting sequoia in late march for 2.5 days.

We booked a room at the wuksachi lodge.

What i need to know is -

1. Because this is a very dry winter, will i still need to carry chains with me?

2. What are the best trails for a family in late march?

I thought it would be best to spend a full day at he giant forest area - do the congress trail, but it didn't understand if we can do the crescent meadow road, and reach moro rock and tharp's log.

another day will be sepnt at the foothills, going to marble falls, and another 1/2 day in wolverton, or maybe we will go to the foothills again, and do the paradise creek trail.

What do you think?

Are these trails accesible in late march?

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1. Re: A family visiting sequoia in late march.

nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/currentcond.htm

Chains are mandatory in the winter months but not always necessary if no snow on roads.

Trails won't be accessible due to snow. Most access roads will still be closed.

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2. Re: A family visiting sequoia in late march.

All trails? Or just those in the giant forest?

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3. Re: A family visiting sequoia in late march.

Foothill trails will be open - but perhaps not as scenic as you're thinking they might be.

Some trails in the Giant Forest area may be open (the trail to Tokopah Falls out of Lodgepole may be), it depends. Sometimes the trails are snowed over but still walkable, sometimes a person needs snow shoes or cross country skis.

Below 4000 feet, there's probably not going to be much snow (even below 5000, given the way this winter is going - but one never knows, it has been snowing down to 3000 up there, but melting off quickly).

You definitely should carry chains, though. Be prepared for snow! (And if it really is snowing when you get there, be prepared to stay in the foothills - if you are new to snow driving, SNP is not the place to start learning when it's snowing).

WHile it's been dry, March is often a wet month here and we're all hoping it will be.

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4. Re: A family visiting sequoia in late march.

Thanks.

I will carry chains, but if it will snow when i'll arrive, i am not going to drive up, and i'll stay somewhere in the foothills.

(Although i made reservations to wuksachi lodge, but if i remember correctly, i can cancel if it snows)

about giant forest trails - if the trails are walkable, will we be able to reach moro rock?

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5. Re: A family visiting sequoia in late march.

Hi uri d,

Just a reminder, the cancellation policy at Wuksachi is 2 days prior to arrival. Snow doesn't have anything to do with cancellations unless it is so extreme that there is physically no way to reach the lodge even with chains. Here is the phone number for up-to-date road and weather conditions: 559-565-3341, then press 1, 1, 1.

As for the trails in Giant Forest, it depends 100% on how much more snow we receive throughout the month. The road to Moro Rock does close seasonally for the winter months, but if the road is walkable (or ski-able) you are certainly welcome to use it. It's about 1 mile to get from the Giant Forest Museum to Moro Rock.

Edited: 11:43 am, March 08, 2012
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