Heavy Sierra snow and structure damage has prompted closure of Bearpaw High Sierra Camp in Sequoia National Park for 2019 season
Bearpaw High Sierra Camp in Sequoia National Park will remain closed and will not open for the 2019 season, announced the National Park Service and concessioner Delaware North announced on Monday, June 17. There is damage to tent cabin structures from the previous winter, and pack animals, critical for delivering repairs and supplies, can’t access the area due to high water crossings and trail damage.
Following a heavy winter with above-average snowpack, currently 175 percent for this time of year, and inclement weather through May, Delaware North, the concessioner for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, assessed the conditions for opening the camp. Personnel encountered high water along the 11.5-mile trail to Bearpaw as well as trail damage. Tent cabin structures were also found to be damaged and in need of significant repairs. With delayed access for pack animals, repairs are not currently possible.
“Ultimately, our guests’ safety and comfort are our top concerns, and given these conditions, we feel that it is in everyone’s best interest for Bearpaw to remain closed for the 2019 season,” said Dan Cornforth, general manager for Delaware North at Sequoia and Kings Canyon. “We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause, and we truly appreciate everyone’s understanding.”
Bearpaw High Sierra Camp was established in 1934 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. Weather permitting, it’s six tent cabins are open from mid-June to mid-September. The camp is 11.5 miles east of Giant Forest’s Crescent Meadow area on the High Sierra Trail.
Delaware North is emailing guests with Bearpaw reservations this summer to let them know they will be automatically cancelled and rebooked for the same week in 2020. If guests do not want to use their 2020 Bearpaw reservation and want to cancel altogether and have their deposit refunded, or if they have additional questions, they may call Delaware North’s reservation center at (866) 807-3598 for assistance.
Guests who have reservations at Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia before or after their 2019 Bearpaw reservation may call the Wuksachi front desk at (559) 625-7700 for assistance.