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Mudslides Cause 'Extensive Damage' in Sequoia National Park

Campgrounds and trailheads at Sequoia National Park suffered “extensive” damage after flooding caused mudslides across the region, the National Park Service (NPS) confirmed on January 17.

Video posted by the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks shows the “far-flung South Fork Campground,” near Three Rivers, which, along with other trailheads in the area, suffered “extensive damage,” including major flooding and landslides, the park said.

The NPS said the campground was closed as of January 17, and the road was severely damaged and “basically impassable.”

“We strongly discourage hikers or day users from attempting to explore this area, as both the road and the hillsides may be unstable, and should you need help, it would be very difficult to provide it,” the parks wrote on Facebook. “Damage from these storm systems across the parks is still being assessed. Staff have not been able to access all areas yet.” Credit: @SequoiaKingsNPS via Storyful

Video transcript

- Inside campsite eight. We're firing a couple of bear boxes. And we're looking down here toward the entrance to the campground. These are sites one and two down below, so the picnic table in the trees.

Inside campsite eight. We're firing a couple of bear boxes. And we're looking down here toward the entrance to the campground. These are sites one and two down below, so the picnic table in the trees.

Inside campsite eight. We're firing a couple of bear boxes. And we're looking down here toward the entrance to the campground. These are sites one and two down below, so the picnic table in the trees.

Inside campsite eight. We're firing a couple of bear boxes. And we're looking down here toward the entrance to the campground. These are sites one and two down below, so the picnic table in the trees.