Hoover Wilderness Permits

Hoover Wilderness Hiker

Wilderness permits are required year-round for any overnight stay in the Hoover Wilderness. Permits are not required for day hikes, but wilderness visitors are encouraged to stop by local Forest Service offices for current information.

From the last Friday in June through Sept. 15, wilderness permits on certain trails entering the Hoover Wilderness from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest are limited by a trailhead quota. This quota allows a certain number of people to occupy a trail at one time in order to protect the area from over use and preserve the wilderness experience for visitors. 

In order to insure that a person or group can start their wilderness trip when they want to during quota season, it is highly recommended to visit Recreation.gov to make a reservation under “Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest – Wilderness Permits." Of each daily quota for a trailhead, 50 percent can be reserved ahead of time six months in advance of the desired entry date. The remaining 50 percent is available within three days of the date of entry.

Wilderness permits describe specific travel plans and are valid for one continuous wilderness trip. Exiting the wilderness and reentering at a different location voids permit. Permits are issued by the agency where the trip begins. Visitors will need to do some basic planning before requesting or reserving a permit.

The Hoover Wilderness is managed by both the Humboldt-Toiyabe and Inyo National Forests. Please note the trailhead where the trip is to begin, and which forest it is on. Always apply for a wilderness permit from the forest where the trip starts.

Trips sponsored by organization or commercial groups must contact the Bridgeport Ranger District, because a special use permit may be needed.

For further information about quotas, reservations, and other wilderness permit-related questions, please call the Bridgeport Ranger District at 760-932-7070, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST, or call the Recreation.gov Call Center at 877-444-6777, 10 a.m. to midnight EST, seven days a week.


Click here for more details on the Hoover Wilderness including trailhead information.


Wilderness Trip Planning


Continuation of Wilderness Trip

If the trip continues into Yosemite National Park, Inyo National Forest, or Stanislaus National Forests, a separate wilderness permit is not needed (with exceptions). Take some time to review wilderness permit regulations for each area, including group size limits, food storage, pets, camping, and campfire requirements. All rules must be followed while there.


Keep in Mind

  • A signed permits must be in the group leader’s possession.
  • Group size cannot exceed the one stated on the permit.
  • There is no age limit, however children count for total group size.
  • Stay limits cannot exceed the area being visited.
  • Permit expires after exit date.
  • A permit is only valid for continuous wilderness travel. Exiting the wilderness and reentering at a different location voids the permit
  • Everyone in the group must start on the entry date and location on the permit.
  • If part of a group enters on a different date or trail to meet up with another group in the backcountry, they must have their own permit and fit into the quota for their entry date and trail.
  • Groups on separate permits cannot combine, hike, or camp together if the total number of people would exceed the maximum group size limit.