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Home of the highest point in the lower 48, 14,494-foot Mount Whitney, as well as the largest single living organism, the massive sequoia tree known as General Sherman, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks — two adjacent parks managed as one — are at the majestic crown of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. 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 ...

Home of the highest point in the lower 48, 14,494-foot Mount Whitney, as well as the largest single living organism, the massive sequoia tree known as General Sherman, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks — two adjacent parks managed as one — are at the majestic crown of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. 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.