Changes to Some Opening/Closing Dates for Services and Facilities – Check Back for Updates
Some of the opening/closing dates for facilities and visitor services in the parks have changed due to weather and/or other circumstances. See link for details and match to locations on the park map (under "Park Tools," bottom left, this page). More »
Road Construction Delays (if Entering/Exiting Hwy. 198)
Expect minimal construction delays on main road through parks (Generals Hwy) through June 2013 on weekdays generally from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. See link for schedule. Call for 24-hour road conditions info: 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1, 1). More »
Vehicle Length Limits Have Changed in Sequoia NP (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 new vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »
You May Have Trouble Calling Us. Use the "Contact Us" Link (Bottom Left) to Send an E-mail.
We are experiencing technical problems receiving some incoming phone calls at the parks. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please keep trying to reach us or check this website for frequently-asked questions. The search box (top, right) may be helpful.
Prescribed Fires Planned at Ash Mountain/Sequoia National Park (Parks' South Entrance)
Fire crews will be working on hazard fuel reduction project at Ash Mountain (south entrance) starting May 23. There are nine small burn segments near the south entrance. The fire may be visible from the road and will produce smoke for very short periods.
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 23, 2012 to May 23, 2013
INSIDE THE QUOTA PERIOD: May 24, 2013 to September 28, 2013
Permits for trails entering Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks from the north, south, and east boundaries are issued by other agencies. This will be the only permit you need when starting from Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia National Forests Service lands and hiking into the national parks.
Approximately three-quarters of the daily trail quota (see trail descriptions) may be reserved in advance. Wilderness permits for unreserved spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. They may be obtained beginning 1:00 pm the day before the start of your trip at the permit station closest to the trailhead. More openings may be available after 9:00 the morning of the trip if any reservations are unclaimed.
Hours listed below are tentative for the 2013 permit season.
Reserved permits may be obtained beginning 1:00 pm the day before your planned hike and will be held until 9:00 the morning of the hike. If you know you will be delayed, call the Wilderness Office by 8:30 am to hold your reserved permit. NO night drops will be allowed. NO exceptions.
Complete details and instructions can be read in the application form below. Applications for the 2013 summer season will be accepted starting Friday, March 1, 2013, 12:01am - Pacific Standard Time. In order to fully process your request, applications must be received a minimum of 14 days before the date you start your hike. The last day to submit an application for the 2013 season is Saturday, September 14, 2013. Walk-up permits will continue to be available through September 28, 2013, when the Quota Season ends. Self-Issue permits will be available beginning on September 29, 2013.
If you are unable to view the pdf file below, please download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
TRAIL HEAD AVAILABILITY: once we start processing reservations on March 1st, you can check which dates are fully booked and almost booked by clicking here.
No Reservations for the Lakes Trail: The Lakes Trail (toward Pear Lake, Emerald Lake, and the Tablelands) is the only trail in these parks not open to reservations. This trail does maintain a daily quota of 25 people and is managed by the Lodgepole Wilderness Permit Desk. All wilderness permits for this trail are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Permit Information for Bearpaw and Sequoia High Sierra Camp Guests: With a reservation to stay at a High Sierra Camp, you are not subject to the daily trail quota or a permit fee. However, you must obtain a wilderness permit from the Lodgepole Visitor Center. If you extend your trip and spend additional nights away from a High Sierra Camp (e.g., continuing on the High Sierra Trail to Mount Whitney), you are subject to the daily entry quota and wilderness permit fee.
Mt. Whitney Information
blank Anyone hiking the High Sierra Trail or Mineral King area to the summit of Mt. Whitney and exiting Whitney Portal, the only permit you need is from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. See the reservation section of this page for more information.
For information regarding Mt. Whitney and Inyo National Forest Permits, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/inyo/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5150055
Did You Know?
Patches of colorful pink snow in the High Sierra are actually colonies of snow algae — Chlamydomonas nivalis. Unlike most species of fresh-water algae, it thrives in freezing water. Compressing the red snow with your boot increases the intensity of the color. Warning: Do not eat it!