Friday, July 20, 2018

NEWS RELEASE- Expect Increased Congestion in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks


National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sintia Kawasaki-Yee, Public Affairs Officer
Phone Number: 559-679-2866
E-mail: sintia_kawasaki-yee@nps.gov
  Reference Number: 8550-1833
Expect Increased Congestion in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. July 20, 2018Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is experiencing increased visitation during its summer peak season due to fire activity near Yosemite. In 2017 the parks had record visitation of over 2 million visitors, and 2018 is on track for similar numbers.

Campgrounds and lodging are already full for the weekend, this includes first come first serve campsites. For campground reservations visit www.recreation.gov. For lodging information visit www.visitsequoia.com

Visitors can expect to see residual smoke from the Ferguson Fire in the Sierra National Forest north of the parks as well as the recently ignited Horse Creek Fire in the Mineral King area of the parks, which was lightening caused. For the latest information on the Ferguson Fire visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5927/. For the latest information on the Horse Creek Fire visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5984/.

Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups today in the middle elevations of the parks including Lodgepole, Grant Grove, Cedar Grove, and Mineral King. For air quality information visit go.nps.gov/sekiair.

"We are thrilled to see so many visitors enjoying their national parks," said Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. "Preparation is key to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience during peak periods of visitation."

When visiting the parks, there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind this time of year:
  1. Parking in the park is limited, and roads can get congested. Pack your patience, some snacks, and drive slowly and safely.
  2. Purchasing your entrance pass online ahead of time will save time at the entrance gate. Visit www.yourpassnow.com.
  3. Taking the Sequoia Shuttle from Visalia or Three Rivers means you don’t have to worry about parking, and you can enjoy the scenery along the way. Visit www.sequoiashuttle.com.
  4. When exploring the Giant Forest, plan to use the shuttle system in place that will get you to our most popular destinations. The shuttle is free for all visitors.
  5. If your trip is flexible, we recommend visiting on a weekday and arriving early. It can still be congested, but usually less than weekends.
  6. If you’re planning to visit Crystal Cave, purchase your tickets online at www.sequoiaparksconservancy.org at least two days in advance. If you missed the cut off, plan on arriving early to the Foothills or Lodgepole Visitor Centers, day-of tickets are very limited.
  7. Increased bear activity this year means food storage is extremely important. Keep all food and scented items in your trunk, and use food storage boxes when available. This applies even to the busiest areas and parking lots.

For current conditions, trip planning, and more information, visit our website www.nps.gov/seki.
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About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

These two parks, which lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada in Central California, preserve prime examples of nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. Over 2 million visitors from across the U.S. and the world visit these parks to see the world’s largest trees (by volume), grand mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, the highest point in the lower 48 states, and more. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/seki or 559-565-3341.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
FAX: 559 565-3730 | Phone: 559-565-3341 | www.nps.gov/seki

NEWS RELEASE- Expect Increased Congestion in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks


National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sintia Kawasaki-Yee, Public Affairs Officer
Phone Number: 559-679-2866
E-mail: sintia_kawasaki-yee@nps.gov
  Reference Number: 8550-1833
Expect Increased Congestion in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. July 20, 2018Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is experiencing increased visitation during its summer peak season due to fire activity near Yosemite. In 2017 the parks had record visitation of over 2 million visitors, and 2018 is on track for similar numbers.

Campgrounds and lodging are already full for the weekend, this includes first come first serve campsites. For campground reservations visit www.recreation.gov. For lodging information visit www.visitsequoia.com

Visitors can expect to see residual smoke from the Ferguson Fire in the Sierra National Forest north of the parks as well as the recently ignited Horse Creek Fire in the Mineral King area of the parks, which was lightening caused. For the latest information on the Ferguson Fire visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5927/. For the latest information on the Horse Creek Fire visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5984/.

Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups today in the middle elevations of the parks including Lodgepole, Grant Grove, Cedar Grove, and Mineral King. For air quality information visit go.nps.gov/sekiair.

"We are thrilled to see so many visitors enjoying their national parks," said Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. "Preparation is key to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience during peak periods of visitation."

When visiting the parks, there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind this time of year:
  1. Parking in the park is limited, and roads can get congested. Pack your patience, some snacks, and drive slowly and safely.
  2. Purchasing your entrance pass online ahead of time will save time at the entrance gate. Visit www.yourpassnow.com.
  3. Taking the Sequoia Shuttle from Visalia or Three Rivers means you don’t have to worry about parking, and you can enjoy the scenery along the way. Visit www.sequoiashuttle.com.
  4. When exploring the Giant Forest, plan to use the shuttle system in place that will get you to our most popular destinations. The shuttle is free for all visitors.
  5. If your trip is flexible, we recommend visiting on a weekday and arriving early. It can still be congested, but usually less than weekends.
  6. If you’re planning to visit Crystal Cave, purchase your tickets online at www.sequoiaparksconservancy.org at least two days in advance. If you missed the cut off, plan on arriving early to the Foothills or Lodgepole Visitor Centers, day-of tickets are very limited.
  7. Increased bear activity this year means food storage is extremely important. Keep all food and scented items in your trunk, and use food storage boxes when available. This applies even to the busiest areas and parking lots.

For current conditions, trip planning, and more information, visit our website www.nps.gov/seki.
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About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

These two parks, which lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada in Central California, preserve prime examples of nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. Over 2 million visitors from across the U.S. and the world visit these parks to see the world’s largest trees (by volume), grand mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, the highest point in the lower 48 states, and more. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/seki or 559-565-3341.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
FAX: 559 565-3730 | Phone: 559-565-3341 | www.nps.gov/seki

Monday, July 16, 2018

NEWS RELEASE- Climbing Fatality in Kings Canyon National Park


National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sintia Kawasaki-Yee, Public Affairs Officer
Phone Number: 559-565-3131
E-mail: sintia_kawasaki-yee@nps.gov
  Reference Number: 8550-1831
Climbing Fatality in Kings Canyon National Park
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. July 16, 2018 – On Thursday, July 12 at about four in the afternoon the parks received a satellite device SOS call from the John Muir Trail/Pacific Crest Trail near Center Peak in Kings Canyon National Park, just north of Forester Pass. A hiker reported someone calling for help about halfway up the peak on the northwest side, regarding a possible fall. The hiker was unable to make direct contact with this person due to terrain and monsoon-type weather.

A park ranger responded on foot, and a helicopter was requested. Another park ranger was short-hauled in via helicopter and evacuated the 37 year old male who was uninjured, but unable to ascend or descend from his location. At about 6:30 in the evening the park ranger confirmed the nearby partner, 30 year old male, was deceased. The next day a recovery operation was completed at 12,000 feet elevation and the body was transferred to the Tulare County Coroner’s Office.

The investigation is still ongoing but information indicates an accidental fall. The two men were climbing multiple peaks that day. 

Search and rescue operations have kept park rangers busy this year, about twenty more than last year in mid-July. When traveling in wilderness keep in mind that Monsoon-type weather systems can happen unexpectedly, and can bring potentially dangerous conditions including lightening, strong winds, and locally heavy rains that may impact water crossing levels and create footing on trails and rocks. For information about wilderness travel and permits call 559-565-3766.
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About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

These two parks, which lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada in Central California, preserve prime examples of nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. Over 2 million visitors from across the U.S. and the world visit these parks to see the world’s largest trees (by volume), grand mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, the highest point in the lower 48 states, and more. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/seki or 559-565-3341.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
FAX: 559 565-3730 | Phone: 559-565-3341 | www.nps.gov/seki