Wilderness Permits & Reservations
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Permits are required for all overnight wilderness trips in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. During the Parks' busy summer season a quota system is implemented to regulate the number of people allowed up each trail, each day. Below you will find information on how to obtain permits.
Getting Permits Outside the Quota Period
Wilderness permits are free, self-issued, and are not limited to daily entry quotas during this time period. The information you provide on your self-issued permit may be helpful in a search and rescue incident.
Self-issue permit stations are available 24 hours a day at the following locations:
Getting Permits Inside the Quota Period
During this time period, there is a $15 wilderness permit fee per group, and permits are issued on the day of your hike by trailhead rangers during operating hours. The rangers provide important information about trail conditions in the area. No night drops are permitted. You may, however, obtain permits the afternoon prior to your hike (after 1:00pm).
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 must be picked up at the issuing station closest to your trailhead.
The following are the permit-issuing locations and operating hours for the 2015 season. The trailheads each station can issue permits for are listed as well:
Check which trailhead start dates are 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 Forest Service lands) you can obtain your permit for your entire itinerary from the agency where your trip begins. To hike Mount Whitney from the east side of the Sierra Nevada, contact Inyo National Forest at http://www.fs.usda.gov/inyo or call them at (760) 873-2483.