Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 9, 2021

Giant Forest reopening on a limited schedule

The Giant Forest, home of the General Sherman Tree, is reopening on a limited schedule beginning on Saturday, December 11, after almost three months of closure due to the KNP Complex Fire.
This is the latest of many phases of reopening. The Giant Forest will initially be open on select days (see below), 8 a.m. through sunset, with seven-day access in the period between Christmas and the new year, weather and conditions permitting. The parks will assess the need to resume a limited operating schedule after the holidays.
The schedule for access to the Giant Forest is as follows. This schedule may change at any time due to weather or other conditions (we are expecting weather!).
Saturday, December 11 – Sunday, December 12: OPEN (only two days due to forecasted winter weather)
Monday, December 13 – Thursday, December 16: CLOSED
Friday, December 17 – Monday, December 20: OPEN
Tuesday, December 21 – Thursday, December 23: CLOSED
Thursday, December 24 – Monday, January 3: OPEN

There is currently no potable water or food available in Giant Forest. Plan to bring all the water and food you will need!
Many trails in the Giant Forest, including the Congress Trail, were not affected by the fire. Some trails that were affected will be open with posted warnings, while the most severely affected trails will be closed.
The foothills of Sequoia National Park remain open 7-days per week between the entrance station and Hospital Rock, as does Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park. However, it is always advisable to check weather and current road information before visiting the parks during winter months. For the most current road conditions, including information about tire chain controls, call the parks’ information line at (559) 565 -3341, press 1, and then press 1 again.
For more detailed information, visit https://www.nps.gov/…/giant-forest-in-sequoia-national… for the full news release, or go.nps.gov/sekiconditions for current conditions!

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