photo of Cinko Lake, Hoover Wilderness, CA

Cinko Lake Resources

Hoover Wilderness

Cinko Lake

Cinko Lake Backpacking Trip Resources

Books and Maps

Sierra North is the leading backpacking resource for backpacking in the northern Sierra. It includes trails around Cinko Lake. Tom Harrison's Hoover Wilderness Map has become a favorite among backpackers.


Leavitt Meadow Pack Station

The great folks at Leavitt Meadow Pack Station can pack your gear into your base camp while you make the trek on foot. Or if you would prefer, you can go on horseback along with the wrangler. They know all the trails and campsites in the Hoover Wilderness and can help you plan a rewarding and comfortable trip.

Wilderness Permits

A Wilderness Permits is required year-round for every party camping overnight in the Hoover Wilderness. From the last Friday in June through September 15 there are quotas on certain trailheads, but not at Leavitt Meadow, the trailhead for Cinko Lake. A self-issue wilderness permit kiosk is located in the parking area at the trailhead at Leavitt Meadow.

For those who would like to talk to the ranger before setting out, the Bridgeport Ranger Station is located on Highway 395 just south of Bridgeport, (760) 932-7070, summer hours 8am - 4pm.

For most other trailheads in the Hoover Wilderness, half of the permits for the designated quotas can be reserved; the rest are offered on a first come, first served basis at the Bridgeport Ranger Station. There is a $3 fee for each person in your party when making a permit reservation. You can pick up your permit at the Bridgeport office no sooner than the afternoon prior to your trip starting date and no later than 11:00 AM on your departure date.

Hoover Wilderness Permit Reservation Application

In Carson City, NV, pick up maps and information at the Carson Ranger District office, 1536 S. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 882-2766

Backcountry Regulations for the Hoover Wilderness

  1. Bear canisters are now required in the Hoover Wilderness.
  2. Campfires are not permitted above 9,000 feet in some designated areas of the wilderness.
  3. Camping is not permitted within 100 feed of lakes or streams.