Permit Pickup Instructions

ALL 2021 wilderness permits are reserved online through www.recreation.gov 

  • How to Reserve a Permit
  • If you did not complete your itinerary, please log into your recreation.gov account and fill out your camp locations for every night on your permit.
  • You must Check-In by in-person, phone, or email before the No-Show deadline (10am on your entry date) or your permit will be canceled.
  • Group leader must print, sign, & carry the permit on the trail.

3 Ways to Check-In to Receive Your Reserved Permit
 

Preferred Method to Check-In is in Person (1 - 14 days in advance):

Two locations currently offer in person services. Be prepared to provide: Reservation number & final group size

  • Eastern Sierra Visitor Center: Open Thursday-Monday 8:30-4:30
  • Mono Basin Scenic Area: Open Thursday-Sunday 8:30-4:30

Check-In by Phone (2 - 14 days in advance):

Provide the same information as above.

Phone lines are staffed 8am to 4:30 daily – closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years holidays. Phone lines may be overloaded during peak hours as many staff are teleworking. Closed for lunch.


Lone Pine Area – Mt. Whitney Ranger District – 760-876-6200 press 0

Eastern Sierra Visitor Center 

Phone hours 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Thursday through Monday (last permit issued 4:15 pm); Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.


Bishop Area – White Mountain Ranger District – 760-873-2500 press 0

White Mountain Ranger Station

Phone hours 8:30 am - 4:30 pm daily (closed for lunch). Closed on holidays.


Mammoth Area – Mammoth Ranger District – 760-924-5500

Phone hours 8:00 am - 4:00 pm daily. Closed on holidays.


Lee Vining/June Lake Area –  Mono Lake Ranger District – 760-647-3044

Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center

Phone hours 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Thursday-Sunday; closed on October 2nd for winter.


Wilderness Permit Office - 760-873-2483

This is not a visitor center - phone service only.

Phone hours 8:00 am - 4:30 pm daily in summer; winter hours are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Closed on holidays.


 

Check-In by Email only if in person pickup isn't possible. Expect to get email permit 1-2 days before the start of the trip:

Please follow these instructions carefully to ensure delivery of your permit:

  1. In the subject line write: [Entry Date] [Trail Name] [Reservation Number]

      2. In the body of the email answer the following: 

Include any questions you may have on the following topics:

  • Food storage and bear resistant container use
  • Campfire restrictions
  • Human waste disposal
  • Campsite selection
  • Pack it in, Pack it out / Leave No Trace
  • Specific guidance if the itinerary enters Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks or Yosemite National Park
  1. send your email to: SM.FS.WildPmt_Inyo@usda.gov  

 

After Checking in your Permit will be Sent by Email

Permit must be printed, signed, and in the group leader’s possession during the trip and must be presented to rangers upon request. The group leader signing the permit is accepting responsibility to ensure everyone in their group will follow the rules and regulations on the permit. 

Leader Responsibility

The group leader is responsible for obtaining and holding the permit, and relaying the Wilderness Regulation information to the group members. The permit can only be used by the person the permit is issued to. Show photo identification when requested.

You are agreeing to the following permit policy when a wilderness permit is issued to you.

Permit Policy

  • The group leader signing the permit is responsible for ensuring that everyone in the group follows all of the rules and regulations during the wilderness trip.
  • Group leader must have the permit with them during the trip.
  • Group must start on the entry date and location stated in the permit.
  • Large groups cannot exceed group size limits even if they have separate permits.
  • All people count for wilderness quotas and fees; prices are not different for children or seniors.
  • A permit is valid for one continuous wilderness trip.
  • Each trip requires a new wilderness permit; there is no season pass.
  • The National Interagency Pass is not a substitute for specific activity permits, like a wilderness permit. There are no discounts or exemptions for wilderness permits.
  • Pacific Crest Trail (PCTA) permits are not valid to start on quota trails in Inyo National Forest.
  • Reservations or permits cannot be sold or transferred to other parties. Only an alternate leader listed when the reservation is made can replace the group leader.
  • A reservation receipt is not proof of having a valid reservation or permit.
  • Mt Whitney Day Use and Mt Whitney Trail Overnight permits are by reservation only.

Non-Quota Season (Winter) Permits

Permits are required year-round. For trips that begin during the non-quota season (November 2 through April 30) the number of permits that will be issued is unlimited. Space will be added to recreation.gov every day. Self-issue permits, drop-box, or night-box are no longer available.

Book a winter permit shortly before your trip online:

  • Check weather and conditions before booking a winter trip.
  • Reserve the trip on Recreation.gov
  • Follow check-in instructions above to receive your permit

No Walk-Up Permits

The allotment of  space traditionally held for walk-up permits (40%) will be posted on recreation.gov for short term reservations. Quota will be released each day, 14 days before the trip entry date at 7:00 am Pacific Time. How many people is that for each trail? check the list of Trail Names and Quota.

Mt. Whitney permits are by reservation only. Any unused space from last minute cancelations or group size reductions is made available to reserve on recreation.gov. 

Human Waste Disposal Kits

Wag bags are available inside the visitor center during open hours. Summer season, waste disposal kits are available at Whitney Portal near the trailhead information sign.

Additional Information:



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