This Spring: Leave only Flowers and not Trash.

Sierra National Forest Wilderness Permits to move to Recreation.gov

Overnight visitors to the SNF wilderness areas are now able to make their wilderness permit reservations using the website Recreation.gov. As of March 09, 2021 0700AM (PST), wilderness reservations moved to teh recreation.gov platform replacing the mail-in process for permit reservations. To learn more, and to make your reservations go  Sierra National Forest Wilderness Reservations on Recreation.gov


Sierra National Forest Continues Closures for select recreation sites, roads and trails...  

The Sierra National Forest (SNF) announces the closure extension of select recreation sites, roads and trails. Closure Order No. 05-15-00-21-05 SNF Recreation Site, Road and Trail Closure. The purpose of Forest Order No. 05-15-00-21-05 is to provide for public safety due the unprecedented number of hazard trees, erosion, and repair efforts to respective recreation sites, roads, and trails. This Order will be effective from April 22, 2021, through May 26, 2021. Considering the termination of this Order early will commence if conditions change.

This Order supersedes Forest Order No. 05-15-00-21-05

Forest Order No. 05-15-00-21-05 Sierra National Forest Recreation Site, Road and Trail Closure 

This Order is effective from April 22, 2021 - May 26, 2021.

See full closure order click link: Forest Order No. 05-15-00-21-05 (Order)

See full Record please click link: Forest Order No. 05-15-00-21-05 (Record

Entering or using the Developed Recreation Sites on the National Forest System, being on the National Forest System Roads, and being on the Natioal Forest System Trails lands within the Sierra National Forest
Closure Area as listed  here in Exhibit A

If you plan on visiting the SNF we ask that you practice, and maintain, responsible/safe recreational practices, at all-times including:

• Research road conditions and make sure your vehicle is mechanically ready;

• Avoid areas with dead standing trees, look up before you choose a trail, park your car, or set your camp, always be aware of your surroundings;

• Avoid large gatherings and maintain your physical distance while recreating;

• Let family and friends know your plans, destination and return home, in the event of an unexpected emergency. Remember cell service in the Forest may not be available;

• Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use; 

• All services may not be available, so please plan accordingly, do you part.

• Recreate Responsibly!

We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our national forests safe for everyone’s use.


Sierra National Forest Personal Fire Woodcutting Season to begin April 1 - November 30, 2021. To learn more about this season please follow this link to PERSONAL FIRE WOODCUTTING         

No Wood Cutting Zone Maps please click: Bass Lake Ranger District - High Sierra Ranger District




SNF offices remain physically closed during this time however, we do have staff working virtually to assist with your information needs. 

  • High Sierra Ranger District: 559-855-5355 - ex.0, or 3300/3301
  • Bass Lake Ranger District: 559-877-2218 - ex.0
  • Forest Supervisors Office: 559-297-0706


For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019 

Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at: www.usda.gov/coronavirus.


MAPS: You can purchase Sierra National Forest Visitor Maps through our partner organization, Three Forests Interpretive Association (3FIA). The 3FIA web site is now fully functioning to sell maps click here: www.3forests.us

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We have a lot more information about recreation opportunities across the forest.

**JOHN MUIR TRAIL** Minimum Impact Wilderness Regulation

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** WILDERNESS PERMIT RESERVATIONS NOW ONLINE www.recreation.gov ** To learn more click here


**CAMPING RESTRICTIONS**Forest Order No. 05-15-00-19-10 

**PARKING RESTRICTIONS**Forest Order No. 05-15-00-19-11

Information regarding Campgrounds: Forest Order No. 05-15-00-19-08 Developed Recreation Site and Road Closure

Be aware that on remote mountain roads, GPS navigation systems are unreliable...

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You can purchase Sierra National Forest Visitor Maps through our partner organization, Three Forests Interpretive Association (3FIA). The 3FIA web site is now fully functioning to sell maps click here: www.3forests.us.