Two popular Sequoia National Park attractions will reopen full-time on Friday at a “historic moment” following the devastation caused by last year’s huge KNP complex fire.
The Giant Forest and Wolverton snow play area will remain open seven days a week for visitors. That includes General Sherman, the largest tree on Earth that attracts thousands of tourists each year.
Destinations had only been open from Friday to Sunday, as park officers worked to clear roads and combat the effects of the KNP complex fire, which ravaged more than 88,000 hectares of the park last year.
“Our staff has been working hard to restore 7 days of access to the Giant Forest and we thank everyone for their patience and flexibility with the limited access we have been able to offer in recent months,” said Clay Jordan, Superintendent. of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. “This marks an important milestone on our path to completely restoring the park’s operations.”
The reopening extends from Rock Hospital to just above the Wolverton Road intersection, park officials said. The Giant Forest Museum also reopens Friday through Tuesday with retail and visitor services.
There is no drinking water in the Giant Forest as a result of the fire. Visitors are advised to bring enough food and water for their visit to last.
Moro Rock and Crescent Meadow Roads remain closed during the winter months, guards said. Pedestrian access is available for Moro; those who are willing to make the 350-step journey through the granite dome will have spectacular views of the Great Western Divide.
Lodgepole and the part of the main road connecting Sequoia and Kings Canyon will be closed this week, but are expected to open on March 18, rangers said.
Routes severely affected by the fire remain closed, but most routes in and around Giant Forest have escaped forest fire, including the world-famous Congress Trail. Wildlife permits are available by auto-issuance.
To find out the current road conditions, including information on tire chain controls, call the Park Information Line at (559) 565-3331, press 1, and then press 1 again. Details of what will open or stay closed can be found online at go.nps.gov/SEKIconditions.
Joshua Yeager is a reporter for the Visalia Times-Delta and a member of the Report for America corps. It covers the Tulare County news deserts with a focus on the environment and local governments.
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