Wilderness permit reservations are processed by lottery 168 days in advance of the hiking start date. You can fax your reservation application 169 days in advance for consideration the next day. The deadline for the lottery is at 7:30 am Pacific time, 168 days in advance. Since reservations are awarded by lottery, it doesn't matter what time we receive your application, as long as it's not more than 169 days in advance and not later than 7:30 am Pacific time, 168 days in advance.
We will send an email indicating whether your application was successful or not within 24 hours of the processing date.
Reservations requested by phone are processed after the lottery. For inclusion in the lottery, fax your application.