Desolation Wilderness: Permits

  • Permits - Required year-round for both day and overnight use. Fees for overnight camping apply year-round.
  • Group size - Limited to 12 people.
  • Day-use - May obtain a free permit from one of the offices below, or may self-issue a permit at most major trailheads in the summer. Day-use is not subject to fees, nor limited by quota at any time of the year.
  • Quota - During the summer a quota is in effect on the number of people allowed into the wilderness. 70% of the quota is available for reservations and 30% is first-come, first served.  Refer to the Zone Quota page for more information.
  • Reservations - Visitors may now reserve overnight permits online by visiting Reservations may be made six months in advance.

Pick up permits for WEST side entry at the:

Pacific Ranger District
Located four miles east of Pollock Pines on Highway 50
7887 Highway 50, Pollock Pines, CA 95726

Phone:  (530) 644-6048 (general information)
Hours:  Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through October.


Pick up permit for EAST side entry at the:

Taylor Creek Visitor Center
Located three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89.
Phone:  (530) 543-2674
Hours: The visitor center is open daily beginning Memorial Day weekend through the month of October, hours may vary.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor's Office
Address:  35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone:  (530) 543-2600
Hours:  Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., year-round.