Wilderness permits are required year-round for all overnight trips in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' wilderness.
Permitting Desk Hours of Operation and Trailhead Specifics
Obtaining a wilderness permit during the quota season:
Step 1: Apply
Download first and fill out the Wilderness Permit Application electronically. You can then attach it as a .pdf to an e-mail addressed to email@example.com. This can be done no sooner than March 1, at 12:01am PST and at least 2 weeks ahead of when you wish to start your hike. Quota limits are solely based off of the entrance point on a given day so please provide alternate start dates and trailheads to increase your chances. Include a daytime phone number to avoid delays. Duplicate applications may result in duplicate, non-refundable charges. Please, indicate in the body of your e-mail if you wish to reserve more than one trip and be sure to fill out a separate application for each trip. Faxed applications are no longer accepted; e-mail and U.S. mail are the only accepted methods for application.
Step 2: Pay
Upon completion of your reservation, we will e-mail you a link to our pay.gov payment form. Wilderness permits cost $10 plus $5 per person within the quota season. In the e-mail you will be given a Permit ID number that you will use to pay for your reservation. Do not copy and paste this number, you must type it in with no spaces for it to work. The fee is non-refundable, non-transferable, not for use in future years and is not for re-sale. Technical issues with the pay.gov website should be directed to the pay.gov helpdesk.
Step 3: Pick-up permit
Your confirmation letter is not a wilderness permit and cannot be used for overnight travel. Bring your pay.gov confirmation letter to pick up your wilderness permit at the start of your trip.Your confirmation letter will include details of where to pick up your permit. Wilderness permits are only issued during Permitting Desk Operating Hours
Starting your trip outside of the parks?
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, visit Inyo National Forest's website or call them at (760) 873-2483. To plan a long distance hike for 500 miles or more that goes through the parks, find more information from the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
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Last updated: February 3, 2020