Giant Forest, home to largest sequoias on Earth, reopens to the public daily

Sequoia National Park’s storied Giant Forest, home to five of the largest Sequoias on Earth, is again accepting daily visitors, six months after the KNP Complex Fire swept through the grove of more than 2,000 trees.

Since December, the grove has been open on a limited basis, Friday through Monday, when conditions permitted. But as of Friday, visitors could enter the grove daily, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks officials announced.

The majestic area was closed to the public starting in mid-September as the KNP Complex Fire burned more than 88,000 acres in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. As it approached the Giant Forest, crews wrapped the trunks of some trees — including the General Sherman, the largest living thing on Earth — with protective aluminum insulation resembling foil.

“Our staff has been working hard to restore seven-day access to the Giant Forest and we thank everyone for their patience and flexibility with the limited access that we’ve been able to provide in the last couple months,” Clay Jordan, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks said in a Facebook post. “This marks an important milestone on our road to fully restoring park operations.”

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