Overnight Backpacking

With over 800 miles of maintained trails designed to help you experience the more than 800,000 acres of designated Wilderness, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks offer incredible opportunities for wilderness recreation.

The Sierra Nevada mountains, reaching from the impressive heights of Mt. Whitney to the tangled oak woodlands of the foothills, have long been a source of wonder and excitement. Begin your exploration of Sequoia and Kings Canyon Wilderness with the links below.

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Successful and positive trips to the High Sierra are the result of careful planning.

NPS Photo - Rick Cain

Tools To Begin Planning Your Trip

Preparing For Your Trip

Before And After

Do you want to know more about Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' Wilderness? Check out our Wilderness Information page.

Contact the Wilderness Office

Phone (559) 565-3766
Email us

Road's End Permit Station. Photo by Alison Taggart-Barone.
Wilderness Permits

Wilderness permits are required to stay outside of designated campgrounds.

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Wilderness Food Storage

Proper food storage can protect park wildlife--and you.

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Wilderness Film Series

Watch our series of short films to learn about wilderness best practices, including human waste, hygiene, and food storage.

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Park Atlas

Use our online mapping tool to create custom maps for trip planning, wilderness travel, and more.


Nearly all of these parks is designated wilderness. This protects the high Sierra while providing outstanding opportunities for recreation.

Last updated: October 6, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271


559 565-3341

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