photo of Golden Bear Lake, Center Basin, Kings Canyon National Park, CA

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Golden Bear Lake

Golden Bear Lake Backpacking Trip Resources

Maps and Books

Tom Harrison's excellent maps of the Sierra are among the best. Elizabeth Wenk and Kathy Morey's book on the John Muir Trail covers the essentials of this hike.


Sequoia Kings Pack Outfit

Located in Onion Valley, Sequoia Kings Pack Outfit is operated by Brian and Danica Berner.
P.O. Box 209, Independence, CA 93526
(760) 387 2797 or (800) 962-0775

Wilderness Permits

A wilderness Permit is required for each party using the Kearsarge Pass trail for overnight camping. Since the beginning of the trail is within the Inyo National Forest, they are the agency that issues the permit. The permit covers your entire trip, including the time within Kings Canyon National Park. Backpackers do not need a separate permit from the park.

A maximum of 60 people may be admitted on permits for the Kearsarge Pass trail per day. Thirty-six slots may be reserved ahead of time and 24 are issued each day as first-come, first-served, walk-up permits available after 11 AM the day before your departure from the Inyo National Forest.

Permits can be reserved from 2 days up to 6 months prior to your departure. The permit reservation costs $5 per person in your party and $10 for a transaction fee. Wilderness permit reservations are handled by Obtain your permit at their website: - Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permits.
Arrange to pick your permit at one of these locations, no later than 10 AM the day of your departure (or call 1-2 weeks ahead of time to arrange late pickup).

  • Eastern Sierra InterAgency Visitor Center, Hwy. 395, 2 miles south of Lone Pine, CA
  • Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center, 2500 Main St., Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • White Mountain Ranger Station, 798 N. Main St., Bishop, CA
  • Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center, Hwy. 395, North of Lee Vining, CA

Backcountry Regulations for Golden Bear Lake

  1. Bear canisters are required.
  2. Campfires are not permitted above 10,000'.
  3. Swimming is currently not permitted in Golden Trout Lake (2017).