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#56075 - 08/22/19 09:38 AM Re: No Walk-Up Permits for 2019 [Re: Steve C]
AndyC Offline


Registered: 01/22/14
Posts: 19
Loc: Tehachapi, CA
How about this situation. I live a few hours south of Lone Pine and lets say I snag a next day permit for a day hike up the main trail. However, I don't secure the permit until after IAVC closes and I want to start hiking early the next day. Can I still hike?

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#56077 - 08/22/19 02:55 PM Re: No Walk-Up Permits for 2019 [Re: AndyC]
sumptimwong Offline


Registered: 03/15/19
Posts: 34
Loc: Bay Area, CA
The answer to this one is unfortunately fairly clear - no. If you are following the letter of the law you must have the permit in hand to be on trail within the Whitney Zone.

In reality, you may not bump into any rangers checking permits, or you may bump into a lenient one who will listen to your story and take it at face value. However, if you are less lucky you may be turned around and/or hit with a fine.

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#56081 - 08/22/19 08:55 PM Re: No Walk-Up Permits for 2019 [Re: sumptimwong]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7910
Loc: Fresno, CA
Maybe just maybe, in a year or two, they might address that situation. Print out your own permit, maybe an extra page or so with boxes to initialize or sign, that you will follow all the rules, provide your own wag bag, etc.

The only thing you couldn't get is the tag to wear on the outside of your pack. Of course Trail rangers could ask to see your printed docs.

Maybe....

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#56094 - 08/23/19 09:35 PM Re: No Walk-Up Permits for 2019 [Re: Jammer]
tahoeblue Offline


Registered: 02/09/14
Posts: 4
Loc: SF Bay Area/South Lake Tahoe, ...
My brother and I got really lucky with the new process. We had both scheduled vacation for Aug. 19-23 and wanted to do a multi-day summit attempt during that window. In July, we watched for permits intermittently on Recreation.gov and saw some pop up here and there. A couple of weeks ago I started watching the site almost obsessively. I started seeing quite a few permits come and go. A lot of the permits were for the following day, but occasionally I'd see one come out a day or two, or even a week in advance. On Wednesday morning, 8/14, 2 overnights became available for 8/19 and I instantly snagged them. We summitted this past Wednesday, 8/21, after spending 2 nights at Outpost Camp. It was my fifth summit and my brother's first. He did great!

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