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
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OUTSIDE THE QUOTA PERIOD: September 29, 2013 to May 22, 2014
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
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?
The park newspaper (The Guide) comes out five times a year. It covers Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, and the Hume Lake area of Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument. Planning a trip? See the most recent issue for the season you expect to be here and see what to expect. More...