Temperatures and weather patterns can be drastically different throughout the valley—but it’s even more extreme in the national parks!
Daytime temperatures can vary 20-30 degrees depending on your location. While shorts and sandals may be appropriate in the foothills in the spring and early summer, it may not be in the higher elevations where there may be several feet of snow on the ground.
Why do I have to use tire chains here?
You can't see the Big Trees without them and you may not be safe without them!
Tire chains or cables may be required throughout most of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks due to snowfall/storms at any time between early fall through late spring/early summer.
Upon entering these chain-restricted areas, visitors need to have proper fitting chains in good repair. Ensure that chains fit and practice installing them prior to entering the parks.