Forest Service officials have implemented a seasonal road closure for Hume Lake Ranger District’s high elevation areas in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest, due to recent and anticipated storm activity. Most Forest Service-administered roads in the area will be closed for public safety, resource protection, and to provide winter recreation opportunities.
Highway 180 between the Hume Lake cutoff and Cedar Grove was closed by Caltrans on November 12.
Winter snowplay areas include Quail Flat and Big Meadow winter trailheads, both accessed off the Generals Highway between Wuksachi Village and the Highway 180 junction. Both trailheads provide parking and restrooms but there is no winter garbage service. Use pack in/pack out practices for your trash.
When a foot or more of snow accumulation is received, the following roads will be open to track and over-snow vehicles: Big Meadow Road from the winter trailhead to Summit Meadow, Burton Road (FS 14S02), Woodward Road (FS 14S18), and Rock Road (FS 14S14). Snowmobiling is limited to roads in the Monument; many roads are posted for this use (all state vehicle code regulations apply).
The area surrounding Big Meadow Road, including the Jennie Lakes Wilderness is open to foot traffic and snow-play. The surrounding backcountry attracts Nordic skiing and snowshoeing enthusiasts during the winter months.
Along the Generals Highway between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, overnight lodging is available at Montecito Lake Resort. This resort operates under a special use permit with the U.S. Forest Service and offers over 20 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. To the north along the Kings River, Camp 4, Green Cabin Flat, and Mill Flat campgrounds are open year-round with access from Pine Flat Lake.
During mountain travel in the late fall/winter, snow chains are required to be carried in vehicles at all times. Be prepared for cold weather by bringing along extra winter clothing, a flashlight with fresh batteries, food, and water.
Additional information and maps of the closed roads may be found on the Sequoia National Forest website in the news and events category. For specific information and locations, contact the Hume Lake Ranger District office at (559) 338-2251 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed during lunch 12-12:30).