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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks — two adjacent parks managed as one — are at the majestic crown of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The parks are home to 14,494-foot Mount Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48, as well as the largest single living organism, the massive sequoia tree known as General Sherman. Beyond the superlative peaks and trees, Kings Canyon is an incredibly steep and dramatic canyon, a worthy side trip.

In winter, the parks are largely open, the prime exception being Kings Canyon proper. There are roughly 30 miles of cross-country trails — adventurous skiers can overnight in the Pear Lake Ski ...

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks — two adjacent parks managed as one — are at the majestic crown of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The parks are home to 14,494-foot Mount Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48, as well as the largest single living organism, the massive sequoia tree known as General Sherman. Beyond the superlative peaks and trees, Kings Canyon is an incredibly steep and dramatic canyon, a worthy side trip.

In winter, the parks are largely open, the prime exception being Kings Canyon proper. There are roughly 30 miles of cross-country trails — adventurous skiers can overnight in the Pear Lake Ski Hut — and rangers lead snowshoe tours. There's also the annual December trek to General Grant a.k.a. "The Nation's Christmas Tree" — and opportunities to sled and otherwise play in the snow. At lower elevations, the campgrounds remain open and the trails clear of snow year-round.

Eric Peterson
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Eric Peterson has written and contributed to numerous Frommer’s guidebooks covering the American West, including Montana & Wyoming, Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, and Texas.

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    Prime winter season is December to March.