Wilderness Permits


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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.

Contact Inyo National Forest for Cottonwood Lakes and Cottonwood Pass trails into the Golden Trout Wilderness. These are Quota trails and also have a fee. Call Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office for more information on these 2 trails. 760-873-2483.

2020 Golden Trout Wilderness Permits - Under current circumstances with COVID-19, the Sequoia National Forest will offer wilderness permits virtually through our website for travel dates after June 15, 2020.

  1. Print and completely fill out the Application for a Wilderness Visitor's Permit 

  2. Scan and email your completed application to the Sequoia National Forest to SM.FS.SequoiaNF@usda.gov  

  3. Within a day or two, you will receive a response to your email, confirming receipt of your application. Your hard copy application will then take the place of your permit for overnight stay in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Sequoia National Forest. 

    Keep a copy with you and share the information with someone at home to anticipate your safe return. The Forest Service will keep an electronic copy of your application on file just in case, and for our records. It is your responsibility to monitor conditions and fire restrictions and provide for your own safety. Current road conditions and fire restrictions will be posted on this website throughout the summer.


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 https://www.readyforwildfire.org to get your California Campfire Permit.