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Hiking Permits

Hiking the John Muir Trial (JMT) requires a special wilderness permit.  These permits are limited to help better manage the sensitive ecosystem and increase your hiking experience.  A different permit is required depending on which trailhead you use to access the JMT.  There are different agencies, Yosemite National Park, Inyo National Forest, Sierra National Forest, Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park that manage access to the JMT through issuing these wilderness permits.  The agency you use is dependent on where you access the JMT.

 

Permit Offices

Yosemite National Park Wilderness Permit Office
Phone: 209-372-0740 Reservation Only

Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office
Phone: 209-873-2483 Reservation Only
            209-873-2485 Information Only 

Sierra National Forest
Phone: 559-855-5355 ext. 0 

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Phone 559-565-3766 Information Only

 

Entry Location Agency Reservation
Requirement
Happy Isles
(Northern Terminus) 
Yosemite National
Park Wilderness Permit Office
up to 168 days in advance
Tuolumne Meadows,
Cathedral Lakes
Trailhead
(Mile 21)
Yosemite National
Park Wilderness Permit Office
up to 168 days in advance
Tuolumne Meadows,
Lyell Canyon Trailhead
(Mile 24)
Yosemite National
Park Wilderness Permit Office
up to 168 days in advance
Ansel Adams Wildernes,
Rush Creek Trailhead
(Mile 40)
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance
Ansel Adams Wilderness, Shadow Lake Trailhead
(Mile 49)
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance
Ansel Adams Wilderness, Devils Postpile, JMT/PCT Trailhead
(Mile 56)
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance
Reds Meadow Resort,
JMT/PCT Trailhead
(Mile 59)
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance
Ansel Adams Wilderness, Upper Crater Meadow, Red Cones Trailhead
(Mile 63)
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance
John Muir Wilderness, Duck Lake Trailhead
(Mile 70)
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance
John Muir Wilderness, McGee Creek Trailhead
(Mile 77)
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance
John Muir Wilderness, Mono Pass Trailhead
(Mile 86)
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance
 Mono Creek Trailhead
(Mile 88)
Sierra National Forest up to a year in advance
Bear Ridge Trailhead
(Mile 92)
Sierra National Forest up to a year in advance
Bear Diversion Trailhead
(Mile 94)
Sierra National Forest up to a year in advance
Florence Lake Trail
(Mile 107)
Sierra National Forest up to a year in advance

John Muir Wilderness,
Pine Creek Trail &
Piute Pass Trail
(Mile 111)

Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance

John Muir Wilderness,
Bishop Pass Trailhead
(Mile 136)

Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance
John Muir Wilderness,
Taboose Pass Trail
(Mile 156)
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance
John Muir Wilderness,
Sawmill Pass Trailhead
(Mile 163)
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance
Woods Creek Trail
(Mile 167)
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Begins in March
John Muir Wilderness,
Baxter Pass
(Mile 170)
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance
John Muir Wilderness,
Kearsarge Pass Trailhead
(Mile 177)
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance
Bubbs Creek Trailhead
(Mile 179)
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Begins in March
John Muir Wilderness,
Shepherd Pass Trailhead
(Mile 192)
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance
John Muir Wilderness,
Cottonwood Pass Trailhead
(Mile 200)
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office up to 6 months in advance
Whitney Portal
(Southern Terminus)
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office By lottery, February 1

**mileage shown measured from Happy Isles

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