Be Prepared! Tire Chains or Cables May Be Required in the Parks at Any Time
All vehicles must carry chains or cables when entering a chain-restricted area. It's the law (CA Vehicle Code, Section 605, Sections 27450-27503). Road conditions may change often. For road conditions, call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1). 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 »
Wilderness Permits & Reservations
Please read important park alerts by clicking the red tab above before you come to the parks.
OUTSIDE THE QUOTA PERIOD:
September 29, 2013 to May 22, 2014
Self-issue permit stations are available 24 hours a day at the following locations:
INSIDE THE QUOTA PERIOD:
May 23, 2014 to September 27, 2014
Approximately three-quarters of the daily trail quota (see trail descriptions) may be reserved in advance. The remaining spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis. The $15 fee applies to both walk-up and reserved permits; and both walk-up and reserved permits need to be picked up at the issuing station closest to your trailhead.
Tentative permit-issuing locations and operating hours for the 2014 season:
TRAIL HEAD AVAILABILITY: After March 1st, you can check which dates are fully booked or nearly booked by clicking here.
If you will be entering Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks but starting your trip outside of the parks (i.e. surrounding national forest lands) you can obtain your permit for your entire itinerary from the agency where your trip begins. To hike Mount Whitney from east of the Sierra Nevada, contact Inyo National Forest http://www.fs.usda.gov/inyo (760) 873-2483.
Did You Know?
Sequoia tree rings tell a fascinating story of survival and adaptation. Many sequoia cross-sections do not show a neat set of concentric growth rings. Among the rings are many scars — indicating repeated fire damage — and as many curved rings, the growth that eventually covered over the scars.