OverviewGiant Sequoia National Monument is a section of the Sequoia National Forest designated as a preserve to the Giant Sequoias found virtually everywhere. The area, also known as the Hume Lake District, covers a vast amount of land and miles of trail and dirt roads almost all of which allow biking.
The monument is situated just west of Kings Canyon National Park and actually includes the majority of Kings Canyon itself. At the center of all this is Hume Lake, a man-made lake of 62 acres. A small village named after the lake rests on its shores and is a great logistical center for the biker.
Most of the monument is closed in winter due to snow which may be several feet deep in places. Only the Converse Basin area on the west remains open though biking is allowed on these closed roads if you can get through the snow.
From Three Rivers
Three Rivers is a small city situated at the junction of two rivers which merge into a third hence the name. Although most tourists would go east on CA-198 through Sequoia National Park, it is closer and faster to go around.
Start off west on CA-198 to CA-216. Turn right on the intersection. CA-216 soon comes to another intersection for Kings Canyon National Park. Follow that sign right. This highway comes to CA-245. Contiue north for Kings Canyon.
After climbing into the foothills, CA-245 abruptly ends at CA-180 (Kings Canyon Scenic Highway). Turn right. Unless you plan to do any recreational activity in Kings Canyon National Park, bypass the Big Stump Entrance and the "ALL VEHICLES TURN LEFT" sign to a Y-fork. Take the left fork as the road leaves the park into the national monument.
Visalia is one of the major towns of the San Joaquin Valley. It contains a population of over 240,000.
Start off by taking CA-65 north. Stay with the highway until the end to the road at CA-180. As before, head east pass Big Stump Entrance to the Y-fork where you turn left.
To Hume Lake
To reach Hume Lake, pass over Cherry Gap and the sign to Converse Basin and Chicago Stump. In a few more miles, there will be a sign directing a road off to the right. Exit the highway and follow this road down to Hume Lake.
Fees and RegulationsNo fees are charged for the national monument. however, if you plan to park within the nearby park, you must pay a fee of $20 for a pass. The pass is good for 7 days.
Biking is allowed on all designated trails and roads unless signed otherwise. Off-trail/road biking is prohibited and will result in a fine and/or jail-time.
CampingCamping is allowed on all designated campgrounds. Fees may or may not be charged. These depend greatly on the popularity of the campground. Also, reservations may also be available for certain campgrounds. For more info on the individual ones, visit the campgrounds page under Enternal Links.
External LinksHere are some usueful links:
NFS: Sequoia National Forest- The Forest Service's site for Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument.
GSNM: Campgrounds- A list of campgrounds and what's available and what's not in the monument.