Generals Highway

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Generals Highway
Map of Tulare County in central California with Generals Highway highlighted in red
Route information
Length: 32.5 mi[2] (52.3 km)
Major junctions
South end: SR 198 in Sequoia National Park
North end: SR 180 in Kings Canyon National Park
Counties: Tulare
Highway system
Clover Creek Bridge spanning Clover Creek on Generals Highway

The Generals Highway is a highway that connects State Route 180 and State Route 198 through Sequoia National Park, Giant Sequoia National Monument, and Kings Canyon National Park in the Sierra Nevada of California.[1]

Route description[edit]

Switchbacks on Generals Highway

It is named after two of the largest and most famous Giant Sequoia trees, the General Sherman and General Grant trees. The highway is notoriously steep, narrow, winding, and difficult to drive, especially its southern section from Hospital Rock to Giant Forest within Sequoia National Park. This section also consists of numerous switchbacks, and has a speed limit of 10 MPH. Regulations restrict the length of vehicles—they must not exceed 40 feet (12 m), although vehicles longer than 22 feet (6.7 m) are not recommended to use the road [2] between Potwisha Campground and Giant Forest Museum.[3]

The highway begins at a southern intersection with SR 198. The road travels northeast along the middle fork of the Kaweah River and enters Sequoia National Park through the Indian Head Entrance. Near the Hospital Rock turnout, the road turns north and goes through several turns before straightening out and continuing northeast, passing near the General Sherman Tree. At Lodgepole Bridge, the road turns west before later turning north. Generals Highway leaves Sequoia National Park through the North Entrance, entering Sequoia National Forest.[4] The road continues northwest through Giant Sequoia National Monument before traveling along the northern border of Kings Canyon National Park, briefly entering it before terminating at SR 180.[5]


Two of the stone bridges on the highway are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]

Major intersections[edit]

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on the alignment that existed at the time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then, M indicates a second realignment, L refers an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see the list of postmile definitions).[7] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Tulare County.

Location Postmile Destinations Notes
0.00 SR 198
32.5 SR 180
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ NPS: History of the Generals Highway
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Vehicles and Traffic Safety" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ California Road Atlas (Map). Thomas Brothers. 2008. 
  6. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  7. ^ California Department of Transportation. "State Truck Route List". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (XLS file) on June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google