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Sequoia National Park is a national park within the Sierra Nevada mountain range, located east of the city Visalia, California. It is famous for its giant sequoia trees and is home to the world’s biggest tree, the General Sherman tree. With a size of 404,000 acres, the park stretches over almost 13,000 feet vertically and comprises the highest point in the contiguous U.S.: Mount Whitney (14,500 ft; 4,400m). 


Due to the range of elevation levels, temperature and weather, conditions in Sequoia National Park can vary substantially. The average annual temperature at the Lodgepole Visitor Center (6700 ft / 2042 m) measures about 42.2°F (5.7°C). In spring, the weather is cool and days are very humid with snowfall occurring until May. The summer months bring warmer and more pleasant temperatures to the park, with highs up to 76°F (24°C) and very little rain. In fall, temperatures are cooling off again, and despite low precipitation levels, snowfall is possible. Winter usually brings a lot of snow to Sequoia National Park, as well as cold temperatures, with lows down to 16°F (-9°C).


Current Weather Sequoia National Park

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Averages Sequoia National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

39° 41° 45° 50° 59° 68° 76° 76° 69° 58° 46° 48°

Low °F

16° 18° 22° 26° 33° 39° 45° 44° 38° 31° 23° 17°

Sun

7 7 9 11 12 12 12 12 11 8 7 7

Rain days

9 10 9 8 5 2 3 2 3 4 6 8

Water °F

46° 52° 41° 20° 59° 15° 36°


Sequoia National Park Weather by Month

Best Time to Visit Sequoia National Park

The best time for you to visit Sequoia National Park depends on what you are looking for during your trip. In summer, temperatures are warm and pleasant, offering nice weather conditions for outdoor activities at the park like hiking, fishing or even swimming. In addition to that, all facilities are open and shuttle services are available. Thus, June to September might be the best time for your visit. 


However, summer is the most popular season and a lot of tourists are visiting. If you prefer to avoid crowds, late spring or early fall might be a better choice. But be aware that snowfall is still possible at this time. For absolute fans of snow and winter sports, December to February is clearly the best time to visit Sequoia National Park. During winter months, a lot of snow can be expected, offering fantastic opportunities for outdoor activities like snowshoe walking, skiing or snowplay. But keep in mind that snow chains might be required to enter the park.

Things to know about Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park was founded in 1890 with the aim of protecting mountainous land. Many years ago, the area of the park was home to Native Americans. Today, the park encompasses about 404,000 acres (1,600 km²) and is a popular destination with around 1.2 million visitors per year. 



One of the highlights of this park are the sequoia trees, which are giant in their size. Located here is the biggest currently living tree of the world volume-wise, the General Sherman tree, with a volume of almost 1,500 m³ and an age of about 2,500 years. Another peculiarity is that the park encompasses five different types of climate: Tundra and Subarctic climate contribute to the cold and frosty weather in higher elevations during the entire year, whereas the Warm- and Hot-summer Mediterranean climates bring warm and dry summers and mild and wet winters to lower elevations. In between is the Humid continental climate, constituting a mix of warm summers and cold winters in medium-elevated areas. 



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