Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness Permits

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks protect one of America's most diverse, rugged, and scenic landscapes. In September of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act , which made the preservation and protection of such wild places a national priority. As a result of that act and subsequent legislation, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks currently protect more than 1,300 square miles of designated and proposed wilderness, approximately 97% of the parks.

The parks overlie an extraordinary continuum of ecosystems arrayed along the greatest vertical relief (1,370 to 14,505 feet in elevation) of any protected area in the lower 48 states. Magnificent glacial canyons, broad lake basins, lush meadows, and sheer granite peaks--hallmarks of the most rugged portion of the High Sierra--form the core of the largest expanse of contiguous wilderness in California. These are the ancestral lands of the Mono/Monache, Paiute, Tübatulabal, and Yokuts; a unique place valued and visited by people from around the world.

Well-known destinations such as Mount Whitney and popular itineraries such as the John Muir Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, High Sierra Trail, and Rae Lakes Loop are heavily traveled and there is high demand for limited entry. The relatively accessible lake basins near Lodgepole and Mineral King are busy on weekends but can be quiet mid-week. Lesser-known destinations such as the Monarch Divide, Roaring River country, eastern slopes of the Great Western Divide, and the Hockett Plateau can offer outstanding opportunities for solitude throughout the year.

The popularity of these mountains mean that every visitor must minimize their impacts to the land and its community of life. Small actions repeated thousands of times have the potential to degrade the wilderness for current and future generations. Take the time to learn how you can protect this place by reading and understanding the requirements to minimize your impacts while visiting.

Permit & Season Information

This reservation is for a quota season permit for overnight visitation of wilderness and backcountry areas of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI). Permits issued by SEKI are valid for continuous wilderness and backcountry travel in the Sequoia, Sierra, and Inyo National Forests (NF) and Yosemite National Park, subject to those agencies' conditions.

To enter SEKI from the Jennie Lake Wilderness obtain a SEKI permit for the JO Pass, Belle Canyon, or Sugarloaf entry points; to enter from the Deer Cove area of the Monarch Wilderness , obtain a SEKI permit for the Lewis Creek entry point. 

To enter SEKI from the Inyo NF , Sierra NF , Golden Trout portion of the Sequoia NF , or Yosemite NP obtain permits from those agencies; those permits are valid for continuous travel in SEKI.

Exiting wilderness overnight in SEKI ends continuous travel and invalidates the permit for further use.

Additional authorization is required to provide commercial services and for certain other activities

Need to Know

Wilderness protection requires your personal commitment. Plan your activities to allow time and energy for good Leave No Trace practices. All group members are responsible for the complying with the following minimum impact restrictions. A ranger will review these restrictions when you pick up your wilderness permit.

General Requirements 

Party Size

Campsites

Sanitation

Food Storage

Campfires

Safety

Fee Policy

Fees are required to obtain a wilderness permit during quota season. Fees for reserved and walk-up permits are the same.

Reservations and permits are not transferable. Only the listed group leader or alternate leader identified at the time of reservation may be issued the permit. Proof of identity may be required to obtain your permit.

Entry into the parks requires a fee or pass .

80% of fees directly fund projects that improve visitor experience in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks including road and trail maintenance, signage, and visitor information. 

Cancellation Policy

Reservation changes and cancellations more than one week before entry date:

Reservation changes and cancellations one week or less before the entry date:

At the issuing station:

Contact Information

Mailing Address

Wilderness Office 47050 Generals Highway Three Rivers CA 93271

seki_wilderness_office@nps.gov

Phone Number

559-565-3766

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