Wilderness Permits of California
- The entry location is what dictates who to get the permit from. Mt Whitney and Half Dome permits are an exception.
- There is NOT one easy system to identify which land agency you need to get your California wilderness permit from. You are not missing where this easy web site is located.
- Many permit submissions are VERY old fashioned. Many require you to send in a filled out form via snail mail (yes, with a stamp) and include a self addressed stamped envelope. Yosemite requests you to fax in your permit.
- Rangers are very nice and will help via a phone call. Most often you will need to leave a message and they will call you back.
Anza Borrego Desert State Park- No permit needed
Laguna Mountain (sleeping in campgrounds when Backpacking for most of the PCT in Laguna Mountains)
– Very Limited Wilderness Backpacking Locations: Cleveland National Forest Permit
Areas for Backpacking at Laguna Mountain Area
Mt San Jacinto
PCT north of I-8
Kitchen Creek Falls > Laguna Mountain (several places to Wilderness Camp)
PCT north of Warner Springs
Agua Caliente (click here for a blog about Agua Caliente)
PCT Kennedy Meadows and North
Sierra Nevada Mountains
The US Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management manage the more than two-dozen designated wilderness areas along the spine of the Sierra Nevada. It is recognized that it is very confusing. The site below was built to try and simplify the process needed to identify your permit.