Sierra Nevada Wilderness Permit Info

An easy to use resource listing all the wilderness areas in the entire Sierra Nevada range that require permits for overnight camping. Each area has it’s own permit process and quotas, but a permit is required ONLY from the agency where you enter. Most can be completed online while others are via US mail, or FAX, or Walk-Up. Day-use permits are required for the Mt. Whitney Zone and the Desolation Wilderness near Lake Tahoe.

Campfire Permits are required for dispersed camping in all the National Forests and BLM, including wilderness areas that don’t require a permit.

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Check out our Southern Sierra and Central Sierra Trail Maps to help you find and explore these amazing wilderness areas.

Below the table you will find information on Road Closures, Snow Depth, Transportation and Shuttles, Updates from Kennedy Meadows General Store, Bear Box locations, Campfire Permits and a variety of other useful links, as well as, a comprehensive list of wilderness areas.

** You can sort by Permit Info or Land Manager, or use the Search function.
*** Updated as of 01/10/2024 – Almost all areas are now on recreation.gov ***

Permit InfoLand ManagerContact PhoneReservation system
Eldorado NF530-644-2324
Humboldt-Toiyabe NF760-932-7070
Inyo NF760-873-2483
Inyo NF760-873-2483
Inyo NF760-873-2483
Inyo NF760-873-2483
Lake Tahoe Basin530-543-2674
Sequoia NF559-784-1500Mail or FAX. Will Mail Permit back to you
Sequoia NF559-784-1500Self-Registration at Trailhead. Permit required if entering SEKI
Sequoia-Kings Canyon NP559-565-3341
Sierra NF559-297-0706
Sierra NF559-297-0706
Sierra NF559-297-0706Mail, pick up in person
Sierra NF559-297-0706
Sierra NF559-297-0706
Stanislaus NF209-532-3673Issued during business hours at ranger stations, or self issue if closed. No quota.
Stanislaus NF209-532-3674Issued during business hours at ranger stations, or self issue if closed. No quota.
Stanislaus NF209-532-3672Issued during business hours at ranger stations, or self issue if closed. No quota.
Yosemite NP209-372-0740

The following Areas do NOT require a Wilderness Permit:

  • Ishi Wilderness
  • Caribou Wilderness
  • Thousand Lakes Wilderness
  • Bucks Lake Wilderness
  • Mt. Rose Wilderness
  • Granite Chief Wilderness
  • Bright Star Wilderness
  • Kiavah Wilderness
  • Owens Peak Wilderness
  • Domeland Wilderness
  • Chimney Peak Wilderness
  • Sacatar Trail Wilderness

Road Info for the Southern Sierra:

The best resource for the Golden Trout Wilderness – Roads and Access

Tulare County Roads Info

Kern County Road Info

Inyo County Road Info

Inyo Natl Forest Road Info

Kennedy Meadows General Store — Good source of local info!

Sierra Snow Depth — A terrific resource for winter activities

Links for Sierra Nevada Wilderness Permits:

California Campfire Permit

Bear Boxes in the Sierra – A clickable map and a detailed list

A comprehensive list of Shuttles from Climber.org

Total Escape – California Wilderness Area List

https://www.sierrawild.gov/wilderness/

https://www.backcountrycow.com/blog/2019-california-backpacking-permit-dates

http://discoverechosummit.com/activities/desolation_wilderness_permits.html

http://www.mammothlakes.us/activities/wilderness-permits.shtml

Bishop Visitors Center – Wilderness Permits

Andrew Skurka – Wilderness Permits

National Forests and attached Wilderness Areas: