It was a busy New Year’s holiday weekend in Sequoia-Kings Canyon parks: Incidents and visitation stats

It was a busy New Year
On Saturday, January 2, 2021, the first weekend of the New Year, almost 2,200 vehicles passed through the Ash Mountain Entrance Station in Sequoia National Park.

Sequoia National Park

Ash Mountain

January 2, 2021— Rangers responded to a report of a motor-vehicle accident
 on Potwisha Grade. Rangers arrived and observed two vehicles that had simultaneously lost their brakes. No injuries; property damage only. 

Lodgepole

December 27, 2020— A 13-year-old male slipped on ice at the Lower Sherman parking area and 
likely broke his wrist. He was transported by ground ambulance to the hospital. 
It was a busy New Year

December 29, 2020— Rangers responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision at Lower Sherman parking area at approximately 6 p.m. A truck with disabling damage was located but the driver and vehicle left the scene prior to ranger arrival. 
It was a busy New Year


It was a busy New Year
File photo depicting the General Grant Tree in a winter when there’s actually snow.

Kings Canyon National Park

Grant Grove

December 31, 2020— Rangers responded with Ambulance 5 to a report of a person that slipped on
the ice and had a laceration on his head as a result. The patient was treated on scene and
transported to a medical facility by private vehicle.

January 1, 2021— A vehicle lost control and went into a snow berm on the Grant Tree
Road. There were no injuries. Insufficient tire tread and excessive speed were factors.

January 1, 2021— Multiple contacts were made for closure violations (sledding in closed areas),
littering, and unlawful food storage.It was a busy New Year

January 1, 2021— Big Stump Picnic Area, Columbine Picnic Area, and the Grant Tree parking
areas reached capacity with heavy visitation.

January 2, 2021— The Grant Tree Road had to be shut down intermittently due to significant
visitation and not enough parking.

January 3, 2021— Rangers assisted Fresno County SAR for a missing person on the park
border toward Sequoia Lake. The person self-evacuated after dark.

January 3, 2021— Rangers responded to what was reported as a “three motor-vehicle accident” but it
turned out to be a vehicle with a flat tire blocking traffic. Traffic control was provided.It was a busy New Year

Weekend Visitation

Ash Mountain waived 713 vehicles through the entrance station Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; wait time was about 45 minutes.

Here is the number of vehicles entering the park (for recreational purposes) during the holiday period:

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