Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring?
Water, food, small day pack, and anything else you need to be safe and comfortable such as sunscreen, insect repellent or your medications
What should I wear?
Sturdy walking shoes, clothing worn in layers, a hat, anything you need to be safe and comfortable and bringing a waterproof layer is always a good idea
What will the weather be like?
I use the NOAA website for the forecast. You can also call for current Sequoia and Kings Canyon weather and road conditions by dialing (559) 565-3341, press 1 and 1 again. Of course no one knows for sure what the weather will be, see next FAQ
What if the weather is bad?
The weather changes rapidly in Sequoia and Kings Canyon, so come prepared for a wide variety of conditions and be ready to hit the trail if you're up for it! However if weather, road or trail conditions prevent us from exploring safely we will change plans
How many people can I bring on the tour?
There is a limit of 14 participants (15 total with the guide)
Is transportation provided?
No, we are not authorized to provide transportation. When travelling between destinations we will simply car-caravan meaning the guide will lead the way in their own vehicle and your group will follow in your own vehicle
Can I bring food?
Yes. You may carry food but you cannot leave it in your vehicle because you will be in active Black Bear habitat. You will need to move all food and heavily scented items into the free bear boxes located at the trail head
What if I need to use the restroom while on the trail?
That's okay! Your guide carries a complementary WAG bag (go anywhere toilet kit) for you just in case. You will need to pack it out and properly dispose of it though :)
What is Leave-No-Trace?
Leave-No-Trace is a framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. All Sequoia Guides tours practice the 7 principles which include packing out all litter and human waste
What if there's an emergency during the tour?
Your guide carries a first-aid kit and is certified in Wilderness First-Aid so we've got the small stuff covered but each adventure also includes a safety brief to discuss what to watch out for and what our plan will be if there is a true emergency that requires medical assistance or evacuation. If you have a relevant pre-existing health condition please inform the guide
Will I have cell phone reception?
Probably not however your guide can tell you all the places for the best chance to find some!
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately no, pets are not allowed on most NPS trails and cannot be left unattended
Can I bring a stroller or wheelchair?
Of course! But please let your guide know before your itinerary is written because some trails cannot accommodate wheels