Wilderness use permits can now be made online at www.recreation.gov
or by telephone at (877) 444-6777. Although reservations are no longer being made through the INF Wilderness Permit Office, there will still be a Permit Office locally (in Bishop) which will be available to answer questions and direct hikers to the appropriate websites and 'phone numbers (see above). The new reservation service will be available 24/7.
Overnight permits are required and quotas run from May 1 to November 1 in the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses, and from Sept 15 in the Golder Trout Wilderness. Trailhead quotas for overnight in those wildernesses mentioned ae 60% reservable and 40% first-come-first-serve one day before the trip.
A lottery system is in place to reserve Mt. Whitney overnight and day use permits, which are 100% reservable (except for... see info below).
How much $$$ ? $5 per person for quota trailheads, except for Mt. Whitney, which is $15 per person. Also...a $6 transaction fee is added on to each reserved permit to cover the cost of the new online system. The transaction fee is non-refundable.
Refunds will not be made for changes to reservations for the main Mt. Whitney trail or day use, but refunds will be allowed for other entry trails if reservations are cancelled or party sizes are reduced at least 22 days prior to an entry date. In other words...don't expect a least minute refund!
Questions? Confused? Call the NRRS Center at (877)444-6777
or the INF Wilderness Permit Office at (760) 873-2483. The INF website has most of this information, but it is a little tricky to navigate the site.