photo of Sixty Lake Basin, Kings Canyon National Park, CA

    Sixty Lake Basin Resources

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Sixty Lake Basin

Sixty Lake Basin Backpacking Trip Resources

Maps and Books

Tom Harrison's excellent map of the Rae Lake Loop shows the entire trail from Onion Valley to Sixty Lake Basin and more.


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 $6 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 Sixty Lake Basin

  1. Bear canisters are required.     Campfires are not permitted above 10,000'.
  2. Rae Lakes camping is limited to one night per lake.
  3. Sixty Lake Basin party size is limited to 8.