Overnight Backpacking

Overnight backpacker

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With over 800 miles of maintained trails designed to help you experience over 800,000 acres of designated wilderness, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks offer incredible opportunities for wilderness recreation.

Immerse yourself in the wild echoes of coyotes, or the exhilarating rumble of a summer storm; plunge your feet--tired and sore--into the icy blue cold of an alpine lake; let your lungs breathe heavy and deep; soak your skin in the clear, close light of the sun.

The Sierra Nevada mountains, reaching from the impressive heights of Mt. whitney to the tangled oak woodlands of the foothills, have long been a source of wonder and excitement. Begin your exploration of Sequoia and Kings Canyon Wilderness with the links below.


Minimum Impact Restrictions
Terms and Conditions of Wilderness Permits. Download 2015 pdf

The Wilderness Trip Planner answers all the most frequently asked backpacking questions.

Wilderness Permits and Reservation procedures Wilderness permits are required for all overnight camping outside of frontcountry/car campgrounds.

Wilderness Food Storage
With black bears at home in these parks, proper food storage is required at all times. Federal regulations require proper food storage and prohibit feeding of any park animal.

Trail Safety
The key to a safe, enjoyable trip is preparedness. Learn more about staying safe on park trails.

Maps and Trail Guides
The Sequoia Natural History Association Bookstore offers park maps and trail guides both online and at each of the visitor centers in the parks to help you plan your trip.


Special Wilderness Regulations
This bulletin gives a snapshot of all special regulations, recommendations, closures, and limits. Download 2015 pdf

Campfire Restrictions

Please refer to the 2015 Minimum Impact Restrictions for details regarding campfire restrictions.This map provides locations where fires are permitted. This map does not reflect any additional fire restrictions that can occur during the summer season. Please check for information on additional fire restrictions.

Group Size Limits When Off Maintained Trails

Group size limit of 8 applies in certain Wilderness areas when traveling 1/2 mile or more off maintained trails. Click for a map and descriptions of these areas.

(group size limit for traveling on maintained trails is 15, or 10 in the Redwood Canyon area).

Protecting Foxtail Pines in the Kern River Drainage
As of 2009 no campfires above 10,400 feet in elevation in the Kern Drainage or above 10,000 feet at Nine Lakes Basin & Big Arroyo areas. No campfires at Lower Crabtree Meadow within 1/4 mile of the food storage locker. Download pdf

Emergency Locator Device Advisory If you will be carrying an Emergency Satellite Locator Device such as a SPOT device, please read this advisory.

Help Prevent the Spread of New Zealand Mud Snails
The New Zealand mud snail is a very small invasive species of freshwater snail. These snails quickly form large colonies that can take over waterways, altering the natural ecosystems. To help prevent the introduction of this and other invasive species, clean your boots, laces, and equipment carefully before hiking in the parks. Read more from Yosemite National Park...



Contact the Wilderness Office


(559) 565-3766

Fax (559) 565-4239
E-mail SEKI_Wilderness_Office@nps.gov


Note: The Wilderness Office may be closed intermittently due to weather and road conditions.

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