Road closures, delays to start in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park warns visitors of extensive roadway repairs on Generals Highway, leading to weekday closures and delays for about four weeks

Generals Highway sign located just inside Sequoia National Park. (Kenny Goodman)
Generals Highway sign located just inside Sequoia National Park. (Kenny Goodman)
Karis Caddell
Published April 19, 2024  • 
10:00 am

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK – Embark on a journey through Sequoia National Park this spring, but be prepared for weekday daytime closures and delays between Hospital Rock and the Giant Forest area as the park undertakes vital roadway repairs along Generals Highway.

Starting tentatively during the week of April 29, visitors to Sequoia National Park can expect weekday daytime closures and delays for an estimated four-week period between Hospital Rock and the Giant Forest area.

Originally slated to start on April 15, this project is addressing the last remaining section of roadway that has been severely damaged along the Generals Highway from the early 2023 winter storms. This is the last section out of over 20 that were damaged.

While all other damage along the Generals Highway was repaired in 2023, this particular section needs some significant drilling and rebuilding with large heavy machinery, which will be occurring in a narrow and winding section of the road.

The Generals Highway construction is expected to impose the following – tentatively – scheduled closures from April 29 to May 23:

  • Sunday: None
  • Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: None

The project is estimated to take approximately eight weeks to complete. During the last four weeks after the Memorial Day weekend, traffic delays near the construction site are not expected to exceed 30 minutes on weekdays.

Outside of the park, road construction by Caltrans on Highway 180 to Cedar Grove is continuing, with public access to Cedar Grove expected to reopen for the season shortly after Caltrans repairs are complete.

The schedules for delays and closures are subject to change, and visitors planning to visit during this period are advised to check the park website for the most current information: https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/road-construction.htm.

Access to the Giant Forest area, home to the General Sherman Tree, Wuksachi Lodge, Moro Rock and more, will remain available at all times by entering Kings Canyon National Park from Highway 180 and driving over via the Generals Highway.

Similar road construction is planned along the Mineral King Road of Sequoia National Park, although a start date or schedule has not been established and is not anticipated to commence before the end of April. This work is also estimated to require about eight weeks to complete. When public access to Mineral King opens this season, delays are not expected to exceed 30 minutes.

Karis Caddell