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. Some can be completed online while others are strictly US mail and/or FAX and/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.

Check out our Southern Sierra Trail Map to help you find and explore these areas.

Permits help the Forest Service to manage wilderness by tracking visitor use patterns. In some areas visitor quotas and trailhead quotas are in effect to protect the wildernesses from visitor impact and over use. Wilderness permits are issued to anyone who will follow certain rules intended to protect both the visitor and the wilderness resource.

** You can sort by Wilderness Area or Land Manager, or use the Search function to help find the area you are looking for.

Wilderness AreaLand ManagerContact PhoneReservation systemPermit Info
Desolation WildernessEldorado NF530-644-2324
Desolation WildernessLake Tahoe Basin530-543-2674
Hoover WildernessHumboldt-Toiyabe NF760-932-7070Mail, pick up in person
Golden Trout WildernessInyo NF760-873-2483
Hoover WildernessInyo NF760-873-2483
John Muir WildernessInyo NF760-873-2483
Ansel Adams WildernessInyo NF760-873-2483
Golden Trout WildernessSequoia NF559-784-1500Mail or FAX. Will Mail Permit back to you
Jennie Lakes WildernessSequoia NF559-784-1500Self-Registration at Trailhead. Permit required if entering SEKI
Sequoia-Kings National ParkSequoia-Kings Canyon NP559-565-3341Email. Self issue outside of quota period
John Muir WildernessSierra NF559-297-0706Mail, pick up in person
Kaiser WildernessSierra NF559-297-0706Mail, pick up in person
Monarch WildernessSierra NF559-297-0706Mail, pick up in person
Ansel Adams WildernessSierra NF559-297-0706Mail, pick up in person
Dinkey Lakes WildernessSierra NF559-297-0706Mail, pick up in person
Emmigrant WildernessStanislaus NF209-532-3673Call 48 hours in advance
Mokelumne WildernessStanislaus NF209-532-3674Call 48 hours in advance
Carson-Iceburg WildernessStanislaus NF209-532-3672Call 48 hours in advance
Yosemite National ParkYosemite NP209-372-0740Mail or FAX

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

Good Links for Sierra Nevada Wilderness Permits:

CALIF Campfire Permit: http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/

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

National Forests and attached Wilderness Areas:

Sequoia National Forest

  1. Kiavah Wilderness
  2. Golden Trout Wilderness
  3. Jennie Lakes Wilderness

Sequoia National Park

  1. Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness
  2. John Krebs Wilderness

Kings Canyon National Park

  1. Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness

Inyo National Forest

  1. South Sierra Wilderness
  2. Golden Trout Wilderness
  3. John Muir Wilderness
  4. Ansel Adams Wilderness
  5. Hoover Wilderness

Sierra National Forest

  1. John Muir Wilderness
  2. Kaiser Wilderness
  3. Monarch Wilderness
  4. Ansel Adams Wilderness
  5. Dinkey Lakes Wilderness

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