SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - The Giant Forest in the Sequoia National Park finally reopens Saturday after being closed since mid-September due to the KPX Complex Fire.
"We have been working hard to restore access to the Giant Forest as quickly as we responsibly can, and we thank everyone for their patience and flexibility with the limited access that we’re currently able to provide," Clay Jordan, Superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, said in a statement.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National parks have been slowly reopening areas since mid-November as crews repair fire-damaged sections.
The Giant Forest is a large sequoia grove and home to the world’s largest living sequoia by volume, the General Sherman Tree. The tree stands 275 feet tall and measures 36 feet in diameter. Fire crews battled to save it during the fire.
Within the Great Forest, the park will reopen:
- The Giant Forest Museum and Sequoia Parks Conservancy Store
- Big Trees Trail, Hazlewood Nature Trail, and Congress Trail
- General Sherman Tree
- Wolverton Picnic and Snowplay area
- Beetle Rock and Sunset Rock
While any further reopening delay may not be welcome, the rain and snow are. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks tweeted, "After nearly a month without measurable precipitation, isolated smokes are still visible on the east side of the KNP Complex fire…"