Wilderness Permits

WILDERNESS ETHICS

Leave No Trace Brochure (pdf 40k)

  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Minimize campfire impacts.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate.
  • Pack animal considerations.

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WILDERNESS RESOURCES

WILDERNESS PERMIT APPLICATION PAGE

Wilderness permits are required only for overnight stay in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Sequoia National Forest. 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.

Do I need a Wilderness permit?

The Golden Trout Wilderness is the only wilderness in the Sequoia National Forest that requires a permit for overnight stays. Permits are not required for day use in any wilderness within Sequoia National Forest.

How much do Wilderness permits cost?

Wilderness permits are free on the Sequoia National Forest.

Where can I obtain a Wilderness permit?

Wilderness permits will be issued at the following Sequoia National Forest offices:

  • Western Divide Ranger District Office, Springville (FAX 559-539-2067)
  • Kern River Ranger District Office, Kernville (FAX 760-376-3795)
  • Sequoia National Forest Headquarters, Porterville (FAX 559-781-4744)

Office hours of operation, and phone numbers are listed on our Contact Us page.

How can I obtain a Wilderness permit?

Wilderness permits can be issued several ways:

  1. IN PERSON - Go to one of our offices listed above during business hours and a receptionist will issue you a permit. For pick-up after business hours your permit can be left in the drop box outside the office.
  2. BY MAIL - Mail, call or fax in the information requested on the Application for a Wilderness Visitor's Permit (pdf 200k) to any of the offices listed above and a permit will be mailed back to you. (After receiving the permit, the permit must be signed to be valid.)
  3. BY FAX - Fax the requested information on the Application for a Wilderness Visitor's Permit (pdf 200k) to any of the offices listed above and the permit will be faxed back to you. (After receiving the permit, the permit must be signed to be valid.)

Campfires

In areas where campfires are allowed, you will need a valid Campfire Permit during the fire season. During Fire Season, fire and stove use may be restricted. It is your responsibility to check on the current regulations at any Forest Service office or National Park office.

Please go to our campfire permit page for instructions on how to obtain a campfire permit.