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Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permits, CA

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You can search for available dates for both Entrances and Exit locations. First enter your group size and then search by either exit date first or entry. Select the entry or exit location and the date you wish to travel on. Click the Find Permits button to see if the dates are available. Pick you desired date and repeat the process for the Exit date or Entry date.

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Entry Location: Baxter Pass - JM29


The Baxter Pass trail is steep and rugged. Starting near Oak Creek Campground, this trail provides access to Kings Canyon National Park after climbing more than 6,000 feet to reach the Sierra Crest. It pays to be fit and start early for this pass.

Know Before You Go:

DOWNLOAD THE AREA MAP FOR THIS TRAIL:Click Here.

Baxter Pass Area: Special approval required for commercial use. This trail is not recommended for stock.

  • No campfires above 10,400 ft.
  • Food and refuse must be stored so that animals cannot get into the food or trash.
  • This area is near Bighorn Sheep habitat. Use of pack goats is not advised in order to protect the health of the wild sheep.
  • John Muir Wilderness regulations apply.
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon wilderness regulations apply if entering the National Park. (includes Cross Country travel to Gardner Basin / Sixty Lakes areas; no night box permit pickup)
  • Deadline: Reservation will be canceled unless the permit pick up instructions are completed before the deadline. Instructions are in the confirmation letter.
  • Only the group leader or alternate leader may pick up the permit; the person picking up the permit must be going on the wilderness trip.
  • BE SURE YOUR DATES AND TRAIL ARE CORRECT - The entire group must start on the trail on the entry date listed. Reservations cannot be changed or transferred.


USFS Webpage for: Baxter Pass.


Exit Location: Mt. Whitney (Trailcrest Exit) - JM35


Exiting via Trail Crest allows you the option to hike to the summit of Mt Whitney and camp along the Mt Whitney trail as you finish your trip. All Mt. Whitney visitors are expected to pack-out their solid human waste. Pack-out kits are distributed with wilderness permits.

Know Before You Go:

DOWNLOAD AREA MAP FOR THIS TRAIL:Click Here.

All Mt. Whitney visitors are expected to pack

  • out their solid human waste (poop and paper). Pack
  • out kits are distributed with wilderness permits.
    • Special approval is required for commercial use. Stock is not allowed Trail Crest to Whitney Portal.
    • No Campfires. Be Bear Aware! There is a high level of bear activity in the Mt. Whitney area.
    • At the trailhead, all food and scented items must be removed from vehicles and stored in the bear proof lockers located in parking areas.
    • Put trash in bear proof trashcans at the trailhead.
    • Use bear
    • proof containers to store all food and refuse, there are no trees in this canyon suitable to hang food.
    • Deadline: Reservation will be canceled unless the permit pick up instructions are completed before the deadline. Instructions are in the confirmation letter.
    • Only the group leader or alternate leader may pick up the permit; the person picking up the permit must be going on the wilderness trip.
    • BE SURE YOUR DATES AND TRAIL ARE CORRECT - The entire group must start on the trail on the entry date listed. Reservations cannot be changed or transferred
    Safety Is Your Responsibility!

    None

  • Legend

    A: Available for online reservation (click to book entry date)
    L: Accepting Lottery Application (click to apply for the lottery)
    W: Available at the Facility
    R: Reserved
    C: Closed
    X: Not available
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