Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, California - Enjoy winter fun and ride the Sequoia Shuttle for free in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park during the holidays, from November 27-30, 2014, and December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015. Shuttles will run every ten minutes or so from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Shuttles will travel between the following stops:
Wuksachi Lodge - Lodging, dining, gift shop, pay telephone, and snacks. Snowshoe and ski equipment rentals start at the Alta Market & Ski Shop downstairs once enough snow is on the ground.
Wolverton Snowplay Area & Parking - You can park here to ride a shuttle to the Sherman Tree, or stay for cross-country skiing and snowplay. (Skis and snowplay equipment are rented/sold at Wuksachi.) Pay telephone available. Wolverton Road is plowed only Friday - Sunday and Wednesdays.
Sherman Tree Main Trail & Parking - Weather permitting, this parking area and shuttle stop are open through December 1, snow permitting. The Main Sherman Tree Trail runs ½-mile down to the General Sherman Tree. When the shuttle is running, you can avoid the uphill return trip by continuing to the Sherman Tree Shuttle Stop on the Generals Highway, then riding the shuttle back to your car. When it snows, the road to this area closes. For the shortest and easiest walk, see Sherman Tree Shuttle Stop below.
Sherman Tree Shuttle Stop - This is the shortest trail to the Sherman Tree. Between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. when the shuttle is running, ride it here from any stop, or park here anytime with a disabled placard. When the shuttle is not running and when snow closes the road to Sherman Tree Main Trail & Parking, this parking area is open to all.
Giant Forest Museum - Open daily 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Stop in for exhibits about sequoias, a bookstore, park information, and wilderness permits.
Routes may change in snowy conditions. All shuttles accommodate wheelchairs and bicycles. Cross-country skiers and hikers with snowshoes can use the shuttle to access trails in the area. Stop by a park visitor center or museum for maps of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. Holiday shuttle service is limited to parking areas adjacent to the Giant Forest Museum, the General Sherman Tree, Wolverton, and Wuksachi Lodge. Restrooms are available at all stops. These shuttles are made possible by a partnership between Sequoia National Park and the City of Visalia. Visit http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/parktransit.htm for a map of the shuttle route and additional information.
Visitors are strongly advised to check road/weather conditions in advance and prepare for the possibility of snowfall/storms at any time. Drivers must bring and be prepared to use tire chains or cables, if required. For weather and road condition information, call 559-565-3341 and press 1. Visit http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/currentcond.htm for additional information.
For more information about Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, visit www.nps.gov/seki or call 559-565-3341