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Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness

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Area Management

The Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness is part of the 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Permits are required year round for all overnight travel in the wilderness. Trail quotas are in place from the Friday before Memorial Day through the Sunday after the last full week in September. During the quota season, permit fees are $15 per group per trip. Outside the quota season, permits are free and self-issued at visitor centers.

For trips within the quota season, reservations are accepted each year from March 1 to September 10 by mail or fax. Reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance.

Day hikes do not require a wilderness permit.

For more details about the reservation process, specific restrictions and requirements related to camping, campfires, and portable bear-proof canisters visit our website at: www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/wilderness.htm




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