Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permits

Inyo National Forest

  • Baker and Green Lakes
  • Baxter Pass
  • Beck Lake
  • Big Pine Creek North Fork
  • Big Pine Creek North Fork (Outfitter)
  • Big Pine Creek North Fork (Pack Outfit)
  • Big Pine Creek South Fork
  • Birch Lake
  • Bishop Pass -South Lake
  • Blackrock (Non Quota)
  • Bloody Canyon
  • Convict Creek
  • Cottonwood Lakes
  • Cottonwood Pass
  • Deer Lakes
  • Duck Pass
  • Fern Lake
  • Fish Creek
  • Gable Lakes
  • George Creek
  • George Lake
  • Gibbs Lake
  • Glacier Canyon
  • Golden Trout Lakes
  • Haiwee Pass (Non Quota)
  • High Trail
  • Hilton Lakes
  • Horton Lakes
  • Italy Pass
  • John Muir Trail North of Devils Postpile
  • John Muir Trail South of Devils Postpile
  • Kearsarge Pass
  • Kennedy Meadows (Non Quota)
  • Lakes Canyon (Non Quota)
  • Lamarck Lakes
  • Laurel Lakes
  • Little Lakes Valley
  • Lundy Canyon (Non Quota)
  • McGee Pass
  • Meysan Lake
  • Minaret Lake
  • Mono Pass
  • Mt. Whitney (Trail Crest Exit)
  • North Fork of Lone Pine Creek
  • Olancha Pass (Non Quota)
  • Parker Lake
  • Pine Creek
  • Piute Pass
  • Red Cones
  • Red Lake
  • River Trail
  • Rush Creek
  • Sabrina Lake
  • Saddlebag Lake (Non Quota)
  • Sawmill Pass
  • Shadow Creek
  • Shepherd Pass
  • Taboose Pass
  • Tamarack Lakes
  • Trail Pass (Non Quota)
  • Treasure Lakes
  • Tuttle Creek
  • Tyee Lakes
  • Upper Buttermilk
  • Valentine Lake
  • Warren Fork (Non Quota)
  • Yost / Fern Lakes


Located in California's beautiful eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Inyo National Forest offers challenging trails, high mountain peaks, and unparalleled views. Several of our trails give entry to the John Muir Trail or Pacific Crest Trail with the opportunity to trek in the longest roadless section of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Our trails offer possibilities for hiking, photography, peak bagging, fishing, or simply enjoying the pristine beauty of the High Sierra. Whether you are seeking solitude, exceptional scenery, or sharing a wilderness adventure, there are many ways to create a memorable experience.  Come, take a deep breath of clean mountain air. Put on your pack and hit the trail. Come to experience nature and let it refresh your spirit. Places to explore include the Ansel Adams, John Muir, Golden Trout, Hoover, and South Sierra wildernesses. Trips beginning on Inyo National Forest may continue into the wilderness areas of Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks.  As you plan your trip, remember that we must take care of this amazing place. While you are here, be respectful of water, woods, and wildlife. Travel lightly on the land. Remember to leave this place undamaged so it will continue to be what we seek of wilderness.  Learn more about planning and preparing for a wilderness trip (PDF) in Inyo National Forest.  Wilderness permit is required year round for overnight trips into John Muir, Ansel Adams, Golden Trout and Hoover Wilderness, and Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks. Only the leader or alternate specified in the reservation may pick up or use the permit.  Trips sponsored by organizations or commercial groups must contact the wilderness permit office, a special use permit may be needed.

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