Plan Your Trip

If you are planning a visit to the Forest the list below will guide you to information that may be helpful in planning your stay. Have a safe and enjoyable visit to the Sierra National Forest.

Trip Planner




Accessible Recreation Opportunities

Overview of recreation facilities available for persons with disabilities. 

America the Beautiful Passes
Access, Senior and Annual Pass

The Access and Senior Passes provide discounts for the permanently disabled and for citizens over 62 years of age.  The Annual Pass allows you to pay one yearly fee for access into federal sites such as national parks.  Permits can be obtained at Sierra National Forest Offices.

Food Storage Boxes  Map

Overview on how to properly store food.


Whatever your boating choice, the Sierra National Forest provides numerous opportunities for canoeing, water skiing, sailing, fishing, windsurfing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and house boating.


Information on the status of campgrounds on the Sierra National Forest.

Campfire Permits
Campfire Permit Online
Campfire Restrictions

Information on how to obtain a campfire permit.  

Fishing Regulations
Fish Planting Schedule

Links take you to the California Department of Fish and Game website for fishing regulations and fish planting schedules.

Firewood Cutting

Information on obtaining a woodcutting permit. Permits are valid April 1 through November 30th.

Forest Service Cabin Rental

Information on renting a Forest Service cabin on the Kings River.

Hiking Trails and Trail Head Information  

A listing of trails in the Sierra National Forest.

Horseback Riding and Guided Pack Trips

Information on businesses approved by the Forest Service to provide horseback riding and guided pack trips.

Hunting Regulations
Hunting Zone Maps

Hunting and the Use of Firearms

Hunting is permitted in the Sierra National Forest.  Link takes you to the California Department of Fish and Game website for information on Hunting season, regulations as well as maps.

Lakes and Reservoirs

A listing of the major lakes and reservoirs in or adjacent to the Sierra National Forest.


A listing of local lodging in and around the Sierra National Forest

Forest Maps
Online National Forest Map Store

Sierra Forest Maps Information

USGS Maps of National Forests

Electronic version of the Sierra National Forest maps as well other maps available online.   Also, a link to the National Forest Map store that sell maps online. 

Off-Highway Vehicle Routes Status

Off Highway Vehicle Use Information

Off Highway Vehicle Route Designation

Provides information of riding OHV on the forest as well as current status on routes. Also link to the planning process to designate as system of roads, trails and areas for OHV use.


Pets are welcome in the Sierra National Forest.  Here are some guidelines you will need to follow if you are bring your pet with you on your visit.

Picnic and Day Use Areas

A listing of all Picnic and Day Use areas on the Sierra National Forest.

Road Conditions Sierra National Forest

Roads – Cal Trans Update CALTRANS

Road Condition and Status information.

Sierra Vista Scenic Byway

Information on the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway

Visitor Information Centers and Ranger Stations

For information on office hours and days open of all offices on the Sierra National Forest.

Web Cams
Bass Lake

These web cams are hosted by non-government websites.


The most up to date weather information provided by the National Weather Service.

Whitewater Rafting

Provides overview of whitewater rafting opportunities on the Sierra National Forest

Wilderness Areas

Wilderness Pemits

Wilderness Reservation Form

Wilderness Area Bear Box locations

Food Storage Boxes  Map

Leave No Trace

Information on the John Muir, Ansel Adams, Dinkey and Kaiser Wilderness Areas

Winter Sports
Sno Park Permits

Information on winter sports areas on the Sierra National Forest.

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