Plan Your Trip
There is a lot of country to explore in the parks and it can make planning a trip a bit overwhelming. Get started with the interactive Park Atlas, or with the trail descriptions page. For a comprehensive resource, check out the Wilderness Trip Planner. Implementation of the Wilderness Stewardship Plan will bring about some notable changes in 2016. There is no long term parking at Whitney Portal in 2016 due to road construction. More information is available at the Inyo National Forest website
Get a Wilderness Permit
Permits are required for all overnight wilderness trips. During the parks' busy summer season a quota and fees system is in place to regulate the number of people allowed up each trail, each day. But, from October to late May, permits are available through a self-issue process. Make sure you have the permits you need by visiting the Permits & Reservations page.
Prepare for Your Trip
Wilderness trips are exciting and fun, but they also come with a host of responsibilities. Before you embark on your next adventure, make sure you are aware of the parks' Minimum Impact Restrictions. If you are travelling with stock, additional regulations are in place. Proper food storage is an important component of all wilderness travel. Be aware of current conditions and potential safety issues. Whatever you do, make sure you are prepared for both the joys and the trials of wilderness travel!
Ready to head out to parts unknown? Get directions to the park and take a look at our front-country campgrounds.
If you plan to arrive via shuttle from Fresno or Visalia, there are NO in-park shuttles or public transportation between Sequoia & Kings Canyon. Also, there are NO shuttles or public transportation that will transport visitors to wilderness trailheads in Grant Grove or Cedar Grove these include Bubbs Creek, Woods Creek, Copper Creek, Lewis Creek, Sugarloaf, Belle Canyon, Jo Pass, Redwood Canyon.
Now go forth! Clamber over rocky passes, wander through winding river canyons, and test your limits in the wild peaks of the Sierra. Just be safe while you're out there. Happy trails!
Want to know more about Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' Wilderness? Check out our Wilderness Information page.