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    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

    Effective July 28, 2014, the parks are in Stage 2 fire restrictions. See link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »

  • Road Construction Delays on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    Expect occasional 15-min. to 1-hour delays in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks beginning Monday, June 2, weekdays only, between 5:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., including delays to/from the General Sherman Tree, Crystal Cave, and Grant Grove. More »

  • Vehicle Length Limits in Sequoia National Park (if Entering/Exiting Hwy 198)

    Planning to see the "Big Trees" in Sequoia National Park? If you enter/exit via Hwy. 198, please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »

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    We are experiencing technical problems receiving incoming phone calls. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please send us an email to SEKI_Interpretation@nps.gov or check the "More" link for trip-planning information. More »

Other Sierra Nevada Permit Issue Stations

Throughout the Sierra Nevada, wilderness permits are issued based on your entry trailhead (see the exception for the Jennie Lakes Wilderness Area further down this page). That permit is then valid for all travel within that particular trip. We work cooperatively with several neighboring national forests that issue permits valid for travel into the Sequoia & Kings Canyon (SEKI) Wilderness.

In broad terms, the Inyo National Forest issues permits from the east, the Sequoia National Forest issues permits from the south, and the Sierra National Forest issues permits from the north and northwest.

Issue Station Inyo National Forest
Common Trails into SEKI Piute Pass, Bishop Pass, Taboose Pass, Sawmill Pass, Baxter Pass, Kearsarge Pass, Shepherd Pass, Main Mount Whitney, Trail Crest, Cottonwood Lakes, Cottonwood Pass

Inyo Wilderness Permit Office
351 Pacu Lane Suite 200
Bishop, CA 93514
Wilderness Permit Line (760) 873-2483
(760) 873-2484 Fax
(760) 873-2485 Wilderness Information
(760) 873-2408 Recorded General Recreation Information


Issue Station Sierra National Forest
Common Trails into SEKI Crown/Rancheria, Courtright, Florence

For the area south of the San Joaquin River:
High Sierra Ranger District
Post Office Box 559
Prather, CA 93651
(559) 855-5360

For the area north of the San Joaquin River:
Bass Lake Ranger District
57003 Road 225
North Fork, CA 93643


Issue Station Sequoia National Forest
Common Trails into SEKI Forks of the Kern, Jerky, Fish Creek, Clicks, Summit, Long Canyon, Rowell Meadow, Marvin Pass, Fox Meadow, Big Meadows
Special Note for Jennie Lakes Wilderness

If you plan to access Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks through the Jennie Lakes Wilderness (from trailheads off the Big Meadows Road, such as Big Meadows, Rowell Meadow, Fox Meadow, and Marvin Pass), you are subject to a daily entry quota and must obtain a wilderness permit from the Kings Canyon Visitor Center in Grant Grove. The quota you must fit within is based on where you spend your first night in the national parks.

  • The quota for the Belle Canyon trail includes destinations such as Seville Lake, Lost Lake, and Ranger Lake.

  • The quota for the Sugarloaf trail includes destinations such as Comanche Meadow, Sugarloaf Valley, and the Roaring River area.

  • The quota for the JO Pass trail includes destinations such as Twin Lakes, Clover Creek and Cahoon Gap.

Sequoia National Forest
1839 South Newcomb Street
Porterville, CA 93257

Hume Lake Ranger District (for Big Meadows and Jennie Lakes areas)
35860 E Kings Canyon Rd
Dunlap, CA 93621


Did You Know?

Sharp, rocky crest of the Sierra Nevada.

The Sierra Nevada is still growing today. The mountains gain height during earthquakes on the east side of the range. But the mountains are being shortened by erosion almost as quickly as they grow. This erosion has deposited sediments thousands of feet thick on the floor of the San Joaquin Valley.