Sequoia National Forest
Explore the Land of Giants
The Sequoia National Forest covers over 1.1 million acres in three counties of Southern California and offers an abundance of recreation opportunities for people to enjoy.
The Forest offers 52 developed campgrounds, hiking on more than 1,147 miles of trails including 47 miles of the PCT, over 314,448 acres of wilderness, 222 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers, 2,617 rivers and streams, world-class whitewater rapids, 158 ponds and lakes, boating, fishing, biking, horseback riding and more.
Sequoia National Forest
Giant Sequoia National Monument
"Of all the mountain ranges I have climbed; I like the Sierra Nevada the best."
- John Muir
Forest Conditions: Know Before You Go!
A well-planned outing can make the difference between a life-long memory and a disaster you hope to forget as soon as possible. Beautiful, sunny conditions where you live won't necessarily guarantee you the same when you're planning to hike a trail that's located at an elevation above 2500 feet.
Sequoia and Sierra National Forests Land Management Plans Revision
The Forest Service has completed plan revision for the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests and released final records of decision, forest plans, and the final environmental impact statement. These documents reflect over a decade of environmental analysis and coordination with Tribes, partners, and the public.
Woodcutting Permits Available
The Sequoia National Forest is offering personal use woodcutting permits to the public. A firewood cutting permit and load tickets are required to cut, gather, and transport firewood in the Forest.
Hume Lake Ranger District
For current open and closed recreation information, contact the HLRD Station, Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm at 559-338-2251, email SM.FS.SequoiaNF@usda.gov, or view the district recreation report available below.
Western Divide Ranger District
For current open and closed recreation information, contact the WDRD Station, Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm at 559-539-2607, email SM.FS.SequoiaNF@usda.gov, or view the district recreation report available below.
Kern River Ranger District
For current open and closed recreation information, contact the KRRD Station, Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm at 760-376-3781, email SM.FS.SequoiaNF@usda.gov, or view the district recreation report available below.
Passes and Permits
Interagency recreation passes provide access to recreation sites managed by a number of Federal agencies.
Maps and Publication
Get ready for your visit by checking out our detailed maps, brochures, and information guides.
Alerts, Notices, and Forest Orders
Simply knowing the Forest Orders, current conditions, alerts, and closures prepares you for a pleasurable outdoor experience with no surprises!
Plan Your Trip
The Sequoia National Forest provides a natural arena for a wide variety of fun and exciting outdoor activities. Some sites require a modest recreation fee to help provide the services and facilities at the site.
o Forest Orders
o Motorized Recreation Use Maps
o Contact Us
Many services are available online
- California Campfire Permits
- Annual or Lifetime Federal Recreation Pass, including all Senior Passes
- Forest Maps
Isabella Lake travel detour due to Highway 178 closure
Release Date: May 28, 2023
New Forest Plans Released for Sequoia and Sierra National Forests
Release Date: May 26, 2023
Sequoia National Forest officials urge backup plans this Memorial Day Weekend
Release Date: May 25, 2023
Forest Closes Location of the Historic Big Blue Mill Site to Public Access
The Sequoia National Forest has closed the Historic Big Blue Mill (Site) due to elevated levels of heavy metals that were determined to be a potential risk to public health. The Forest Service will be conducting an Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EECA) this Fall/Winter to evaluate Removal Action alternatives in order to reduce the risk of exposure to human health and the environment.
Only You Can Prevent Wildfires
Millions of wildland acres will burn unintentionally this year.
It's Good To Get Outdoors!
Nature instills a peace and calmness we can't experience in our daily lives, and the more we discover the natural world around us, the more we will feel connected to the world