Sequoia-Kings Canyon: Weekly park incidents


Sequoia National Park

Ash Mountain

Thursday, Sept. 3: A fox became stuck in a Pringles can. A ranger released the fox. The fox ran away, apparently unharmed.

Saturday, Sept. 5: Bears have been frequently climbing trees in the foothills area to harvest acorns. As a result there were multiple “bear jams” on the Generals Highway over the holiday weekend.

Saturday, Sept. 5: There were multiple noise violations at Buckeye Flat Campground over the holiday weekend.

Sunday, Sept. 6: A vehicle entered the park without stopping at the entrance station. The vehicle was stopped near Potwisha. The driver was suspected to be under the influence of a controlled substance. The driver was arrested for DUI, possession of a controlled substance, and an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

Sunday, Sept. 6: A vehicle was squealing tires and speeding while traveling southbound on the Generals Highway. The vehicle was stopped at Elk Creek. The driver was arrested for DUI, possession of a controlled substance, and squealing tires.


Tuesday, Sept. 1: Rangers began investigating forging/altering of vehicle registrations.

Friday, Sept. 4: Rangers began searching for a male who had left Dorst Creek Campground to shower at Lodgepole around 6 p.m. and had not returned after 4 hours. The male was found at the Dorst Creek kiosk somewhat intoxicated. He had met people in the Lodgepole Campground and began sharing a bottle of tequila. The male was cited for an open container.    

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 5-6: Rangers issued citations for food storage and driving without a license in the Lodgepole Campground.  

Sunday, Sept. 6: Rangers were flagged down for a hit-and-run vehicle side-swipe near the small handicapped placard parking lot for General Sherman Tree access. The victim-vehicle driver suffered minor injuries by shattered glass. The vehicle that failed to stop was located and the driver cited for a hit-and-run. 

Sunday-Monday, Sept. 6-7:  Parking issues were a major issue during Labor Day weekend.  

Sunday, Sept. 6: A Lodgepole ranger participated in a wilderness medical evacuation via Helicopter 552 for a person with an injured ankle near Darwin Bench.

Monday, Sept. 7: An 88-year-old male became dizzy and fell to the ground near the small handicapped placard parking lot for General Sherman Tree access. The individual’s family was located, and he refused further treatment and transport.

Mineral King/Kern

Thursday, Sept. 3: The Big Five Fire was within approximately 100 feet of the Lost Canyon Trail. Firefighters were posted in the area over the holiday weekend as more than 60 people had permits to be hiking in the Mineral King area.


Kings Canyon District


Sierra Crest

Wednesday, Sept. 2: A wilderness ranger observed human remains hanging from a park boundary sign. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department confirmed they had been contacted by the individual that found the bones. The National Park Service provided mutual aid assistance in crime-scene processing and transporting the evidence to Bishop. A joint investigation is in progress, with Inyo County as the lead agency.

Thursday, Sept. 3: Rangers received a report of an individual with a possible broken ankle on the park side of Kearsarge Pass. Rangers were unable to reach the individual before he crossed into Inyo County. The information was relayed to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.

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