Sequoia National Forest, Giant Sequoia National Monument now open to visito

Forest Service Denise Alonzo –

March 31, 2022 Most Forest Service managed land burned during the 2020 Castle and 2021 Windy fires on the Western Divide Ranger District will reopen to the public over the next two months. “In our continued effort to abate hazards and repair damaged infrastructure, some areas will be temporarily closed until work is completed,” stated Acting District Ranger Brandell Patterson. “We also need to allow time for the area to stabilize and natural regeneration to begin, especially in giant sequoia groves.”

The Trail of 100 Giants will be available once the Western Divide Highway and Mountain Road 50 (between California Hot Springs and Johnsondale) are reopened by Tulare County. The boardwalk covering a portion of the Trail was severely burned during the Windy Fire. The repaving project that was interrupted by the fire will temporarily close other sections when it resumes. Please be patient as we work with our partners to repair this popular attraction. Parking is very limited at the Trail; weekdays are the best time to visit.

Seasonal winter road closures on the Sequoia National Forest will end by mid-June, weather dependent. All developed campgrounds and day-use sites on the Western Divide Ranger District are expected to open to visitors this summer, including:

Lower and Upper Coffee Camp Day Use Sites

Wishon Campground and Cabin

Belknap and Coy Flat Campgrounds

Quaking Aspen Campground and Cabin

Holey Meadow and Redwood Meadow Campgrounds

Lower Peppermint Campground

Trail of 100 Giants

Please check the Sequoia National Forest website for the most recent status of campgrounds and roads as conditions change throughout the summer. https://www.fs.usda.gov/sequoia

The North Road (21S50) will be closed this season to allow hazard tree cleanup and road maintenance, including trailheads at Lewis Camp, Clicks Creek, and Summit. Those traveling into the Golden Trout Wilderness should route their trip through Forest trailheads at Jerkey Meadow, Forks of the Kern, or Blackrock. Shake Camp Trailhead may also be available at Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest. Wilderness permits can be obtained from the Forest website listed above under the “Visit Us” tab. Permits will be issued virtually or in-person where available. Trails leading into the Golden Trout Wilderness should be open by early June.

Road repair work and hazard tree treatments have been completed across much of the Castle and Windy Fire burned areas. Additional work removing fire-killed trees and other fire restoration activities continue. “Forest visitors should be mindful of hazards overhead and on the ground when visiting fire-affected areas; your safety is very important to us,” stated Patterson.

Story First Published: 2022-04-08