Each confirmed reservation costs $5 plus $5 per person. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. All changes to permit reservations must be made by the trip leader. Do not submit more than one application per request or group each day: this will not increase your chances of winning the lottery. If you (or your group members) apply multiple times for the same request or group, your request will be excluded from the lottery and may be subject to a non-refundable fee. (You can submit additional applications for other dates as long as you only submit one application per day.)
Once you have made a reservation, you or another member of your hiking group must pick up the wilderness permit at any permit station the day of, or day before, your hike. Hours vary, so check current hours.
Reserved permits are held until 10 am on the day of your trip. If you will arrive later than 10 am on the day of your trip, please call 209/372-0308 (May–October) to hold your permit for late arrival (no more than two weeks in advance). If you do not arrange for late arrival, your permit reservation will be canceled at 10 am. Permits held for late arrival still must be picked up at a permit station during business hours.
Wilderness permits are required all year, but reservations are not necessary for trips November through April.
The reservation office is open mid-November through the end of September and accepts reservations for trips from May through October. The reservation office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, with extended hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day: Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm. The office is closed on federal holidays and for lunch (noon to 1 pm).
How to Make a Reservation
When applying, you can list three options for your trip, but only one will be granted. You will be notified of the results within one to two full business days. If you do not hear from us within that time, please contact our office. If your reservation is granted, you will receive an email notification requesting the processing fee payment via a secure online form. You will have 48 hours to pay for your reservation. Denied requests will not be charged.
John Muir Trail Thru-Hikers
If you are flexible on the start date for your trip, you can submit one application for a longer range of dates by using the JMT rolling lottery application. Use this form if you are requesting a wilderness permit to hike from Yosemite to an area outside the park, exiting over Donohue Pass. Learn more about wilderness permits for John Muir Trail hikers.
Phone and Mail
Please have your trip planned and all information available before calling 209-372-0740 or mailing Wilderness Permits, PO Box 545, Yosemite, CA, 95389. Our reservation phone line is very busy, especially in January, February, and March, and around holiday weekends. When possible, apply online.
While using the online form is the best method of requesting a reservation, if you call or mail for a reservation, have this information ready or include it in the letter:
Plan your trip before you make a reservation. It is your responsibility to research trails and trail conditions to decide which trip is right for you and your group. Park rangers will not plan your trip for you.
If space is available within the same season, you can request a change to your existing reservation's date or trailhead for an additional processing fee of $5. If you have questions regarding your reservation or would like to make changes to an existing reservation, call 209/372-0740. Processing fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Last updated: March 20, 2020