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.

Southern Sierra Trail Map
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 Permit Info or Land Manager, or use the Search function to help find the area you are looking for.

Permit InfoLand ManagerContact PhoneReservation system
Eldorado NF530-644-2324
Lake Tahoe Basin530-543-2674
Humboldt-Toiyabe NF760-932-7070Mail, pick up in person
Inyo NF760-873-2483
Inyo NF760-873-2483
Inyo NF760-873-2483
Inyo NF760-873-2483
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 NP559-565-3341Email. Self issue outside of quota period
Sierra NF559-297-0706Mail, pick up in person
Sierra NF559-297-0706Mail, pick up in person
Sierra NF559-297-0706Mail, pick up in person
Sierra NF559-297-0706Mail, pick up in person
Sierra NF559-297-0706Mail, pick up in person
Stanislaus NF209-532-3673Call 48 hours in advance
Stanislaus NF209-532-3674Call 48 hours in advance
Stanislaus NF209-532-3672Call 48 hours in advance
Yosemite 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

Road Info for the Southern Sierra:

https://goldentroutwilderness.wordpress.com/preparation/access/

Tulare County Roads Info

Kern County Road Info

Inyo County Road Info

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

https://www.bishopvisitor.com/trip-planning/wilderness-permits/

National Forests and attached Wilderness Areas:

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