Some areas slowly reopening in time for Memorial Weekend

Porterville, CA – The Sequoia National Forest is increasing access to the public by providing additional developed recreation opportunities. We encourage visitors to check our website and social media pages for the most up-to-date information on what is open before you plan your visit.

We are working with our concessionaire, California Land Management, along with state and local partners to determine the best path forward to safely open closed sites. Protecting our visitors and employees remains our highest priority.

In a normal year, it takes several weeks to open a campground and prepare picnic areas. This work includes removing hazard trees, brushing and sweeping the roads, cleaning sites, fire rings, restrooms, and turning on and testing water systems.

Those who travel near rivers and lakes across the Forest are advised to use extreme caution, especially anyone with young children. Fed by snow melt, water temperature is very cold, flowing swiftly and unpredictable.

Forest officials have extended temporary closures of various developed recreation sites, identified in Forest Orders No. 20-10, 20-11, and 20-12. Forest Orders are available at fs.usda.gov/detail/sequoia/notices/?cid=FSEPRD539396 and remain in effect until expired or rescinded.

The orders do not close trails, trailheads, and general forest areas; these areas remain accessible for public use.

Whenever possible, please recreate locally. Visitors should practice self-sufficiency when visiting national forests and come prepared with all the essentials needed for your trip, including food, emergency supplies, and the ability to pack-out trash.

Remember to recreate responsibly by keeping the following in mind:

  • Practice Social Distancing: Provide space of at least 6 feet at all times during your visit
  • Do Not Gather In Groups: Follow the latest guidance from officials
  • Share The Trail: Alert other trail users of your presence and step aside to let them pass
  • Pack Out Your Trash: Trash removal is limited – please pack out all trash and waste
  • Toilet facilities are currently closed – Please plan accordingly
  • Potable Water May Not Be Available: Some services may not be available, please be prepared
  • Avoid high-risk activities: Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue operations may be limited

If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Closing any site for any reason is not an action we take lightly, but protecting our visitors and employees remains our highest priority.

Please call your local Ranger Station Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm or email SM.FS.SequoiaNF@usda.gov for current Forest information.

  • Kern River Ranger District             760-549-9533
  • Western Divide Ranger District       559-920-0460
  • Hume Lake Ranger District             559-791-5758
  • Supervisor’s Office                         559-920-1588