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Any Whitney permits burning in your pockets?
#53298 06/02/18 01:17 AM
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Arrrgh I missed the May 1st drop, and would love to get overnight permits for me and my parents at any point between July 15th and 22nd. My folks are coming over from Norway, are experienced hikers, but not climbers. Want to take them on the Whitney Trail to show them one of my favorite areas in the U.S. Any suggestions on how to get permits once they're all gone? Or -- any similar hikes to suggest in the area? Where permits are less coveted? Doesn't have to be multi-day, just enough to hit a peak and enjoy the scenery.

Any advice welcome!

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amockalypsenow #53304 06/02/18 09:03 AM
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If you walk into the Lone Pine Visitor center on a mid-week day, there will be permits available.  Look up the Unused Whitney Permits pages, and see for yourself.

Also, start watching Mt Whitney Trail Overnight availability two weeks before you want to hike.  A few people will log in and cancel their reservations, so if you check often (bookmark that link), you may be able to reserve some permits.

You should plan on getting permits! Have fun!!

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amockalypsenow #53407 06/11/18 10:19 AM
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Hi i have 2 extra permits for June 17-June 18 overnight.
Just got 2 cancellations. Let me know

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amockalypsenow #53459 06/13/18 10:32 AM
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I have one (1) overnight permit available for June 16. Ideally would like to trade for August/September. Open to selling though.

Mike

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Mike G #53465 06/13/18 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted By: Mike G
I have one (1) overnight permit available for June 16. Ideally would like to trade for August/September. Open to selling though.

When you pick up a permit, they ask for your I.D., and only give the permit to the person listed as the trip leader or alternate leader.

This prevents scalpers from offering permits to the highest bidder.

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Steve C #53477 06/13/18 04:42 PM
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I'm pretty sure I can change the name or add an alternate. Not looking to make money, just cost or ideally a straight trade for a later date.

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Mike G #53480 06/13/18 05:09 PM
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Only the leader or alternate leader on the original permit application may pick up the permit. Permits may not be transferred or sold.

Forest Service Mt Whitney Permit Rules

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amockalypsenow #53506 06/14/18 09:57 PM
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If anyone has a overnight permit for July 8th for 2 people I’m willing to pay a good amount! I have multiple day use permits but really wanted a overnight permit on my birthday!

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BohemianJess #53514 06/15/18 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted By: BohemianJess
If anyone has a overnight permit for July 8th for 2 people I’m willing to pay a good amount! I have multiple day use permits but really wanted a overnight permit on my birthday!

Jess, see the note above:
Originally Posted By: Steve C
When you pick up a permit, they ask for your I.D., and only give the permit to the person listed as the trip leader or alternate leader

And this:
Originally Posted By: Mike G
I'm pretty sure I can change the name or add an alternate. Not looking to make money, just cost or ideally a straight trade for a later date.
I don't think Mike G will report back how that worked out.

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Steve C #53516 06/15/18 10:39 AM
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I saw someone on the Whitney fb page that you can request to leave the permits in the "overnight box"
Is that true??
I've never done Whitney so know nothing

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Steve C #53522 06/15/18 01:06 PM
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Thanks Steve, I must of missed that in the responses! Well if anyone hiking on July 8th (overnight) has some extra space in their group please let me know, I’d be will to offer a very good amount for two spots! Thanks!! Otherwise I’ll use one of the day permits I have a different date! Hoping the Switchbacks open up in the next few days!

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Twee #53523 06/15/18 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted By: Twee
I saw someone on the Whitney fb page that you can request to leave the permits in the "overnight box"
Is that true?? I've never done Whitney so know nothing
Twee, I'm not sure how it is handled. I do know you must call the Wilderness Permit number and arrange this. It has been available for people wanting to start super-early, yet arriving in Lone Pine the evening before, too late to pick up the permit at the Visitor Center. I am sure they will do what they can to ensure you are the person who reserved the permit. I am not sure if they include wag bags with the permit or not.

I do know that if you are heading out on an overnight trip that includes travel into Sequoia National Park, the N.P. requires them to do a face-to-face orientation, so no night-box. That delayed my last backpack trip, and caused a bunch of missed goals due to the late start it caused me.

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Steve C #53598 06/19/18 09:44 PM
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Anyone have an extra permit for Thursday, Aug 16? I have a buddy who really, really wants to join my already full group of 4.

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climb415 #53599 06/19/18 10:52 PM
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Climb415: Take your buddy along. You can add a permit when you pick up your others. Other groups always drop off a few, so there will be some available.

If you want to check for an available permit, set up a link close to the hike date, and watch for cancellations online. A few people will logon and cancel,and you can then have a confirmed reservation.

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Twee #53601 06/20/18 07:08 AM
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Yes, I am canceling 3 permits for June 22nd this Friday. Also you can request your permits to be put in a night drop box for pick up if you arrive late. I was able to do that.

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Evelyn #53603 06/20/18 09:07 AM
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I just had to cancel two permits for day use on Monday, June 25th, so watch for them to appear on recreation.gov if that works for anyone. Fortunately, I am able to go with another friend later this summer hiking in from Cottonwood.

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Steve C #53605 06/20/18 10:11 AM
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A friend and I are looking to join any group that has extra day use permits for either June 30, or July 15-17.
Willing to pay a fair price to join.

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Brad Calvin #53635 06/21/18 12:21 PM
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Group of 2 here desperately looking to join an overnight group for Wed, July 11th specifically


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