Sierra Nevada from Mt. Whitney, Sequoia National Park, CA

The High Sierra Trail - Sequoia National Park

The High Sierra Tail - Backpacking Trip Resources

Books and Maps

Mike White's recently published book on hiking trails in Kings Canyon and Sequoia has received high praise. Tom Harrison's maps have become the standard for back country travel. The Mt. Whitney High Country map covers the entire High Sierra Trail.


Fishing Regulations

Below 9,000 feet native species (Rainbow Trout, Sacramento Sucker, Kern Rainbow, Sculpin, and Roach) must be released and only barbless artificial flies or lures are authorized. Above 9,000 feet, follow California State fishing regulations.

Wilderness Permits

Wilderness Permits are required for all overnight trips in Sequoia National Park. During the Quota Period, near the end of May to about the third week of September, there are trailhead quotas for each trail. There is a $15 permit fee per group during the Quota Period. Permits for the High Sierra Trail are issued at the Visitor Center in Lodgepole Village. Permits can only be picked up the afternoon before your trip begins or in the morning of your trip before 9:00 AM during permit station operating hours. There are no night drops.

About three quarters of the daily permit allocation can be reserved in advance, beginning March 1 and continuing until two weeks prior to your departure. Walk-up permits may be picked up beginning at 1:00 PM the day before the start of your trip at the Visitor Center. More permits may become available after 9:00 AM the day of your trip if some reserved permits are not picked up by then. You can check the availability of permits on the Sequoia and Kings Canyon website: Wilderness Permit Reservation Availability.

The Visitor Center at Lodgepole Village is open from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, but hours can change, so call ahead to confirm. (559) 565-4436 If you know you will be delayed, call the Wilderness Office by 8:30 AM to hold your reserved permit. Wilderness Office: (559) 565-3766

Sequoia and Kings Canyon Wilderness Permits. New for 2017, fill in downloaded PDF application and email your permit request. Suggest you use Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill in PDF.

Backcountry Regulations for Sequoia National Park

  • Camping: Bearpaw Meadow camp only in designated sites; Hamilton Lakes 2 night limit; Timberline Lake no camping.
  • Campfires are prohibited in Hamilton Lakes area and in other specified areas. Current details when you pick up your permit.
  • Bear canisters, bear boxes, or counter-balance hanging of food may be used to protect food from bears.
  • Special sanitation regulations apply at Guitar Lake and Mt. Whitney. A toilet kit will be issued with your permit.