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Yosemite Wilderness Permit info for 2020
#57126 06/02/20 05:19 PM
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From the Yosemite Forum quoting Yosemite nps.gov website:

First-Come, First-Served Permits in 2020
Wilderness permits are not available in the park in 2020. Beginning June 11, 40% of permits that would normally be available first-come, first-served are instead available by lottery two weeks in advance. Beginning June 11, you can submit a request 15 days in advance of a hike, with the lottery running 14 days in advance. Unreserved permits remain available up to nine days in advance. It is not possible to obtain a wilderness permit reservation fewer than nine days in advance.

From hiking start dates from June 11 to June 25, any unreserved permits that are part of the 60% quota are available by online reservation.

And from High Sierra Topix:

My Friend has a permit for Saturday and got this great news...Is the whole park open or only for those lucky wilderness permit holders?


Wilderness permits will NOT be issued in park. In order to receive your permit via email, you must receive permit education from a ranger over the phone. Rangers will be calling the phone number on file for your reservation or you may call (209) 372-0826. Following a phone call, your permit will be emailed to you.

You can not enter the park without a physical copy of your wilderness permit, parking pass and ID. You will not be required to obtain additional reservations to enter into the park.

Rangers will check wilderness permits at the gate. Only participants of a wilderness trip will be provided access.

Other things you need to know:
• Trailheads along Tioga Road are not accessible at this time. Yosemite rangers can not issue a permit for trailheads between Crane Flat and Tioga Pass.
• You may not enter the park with this permit more than one day before your trip start date.
• If Half Dome is a part of your wilderness reservation, you must confirm payment with Yosemite Conservancy before your permit is issued.
• Bear-Resistant Food Storage is required on all overnight stays in Yosemite Wilderness. We strongly encourage you to purchase or rent an allowed bear canister, before arriving in the park. Canister will be available for rent at select Wilderness Centers during limited hours at Yosemite Wilderness Permit Station for $5 per week (deposit required). Bear canisters will NOT be available at Hetch Hetchy.
• You may not enter the park with this permit more than one day before your trip start date. For permit holders starting on June 5th, there is no ability to enter one day in advance. For those starting after June 5th, your permit will authorize you to stay at a Backpackers' Campgrounds one night before and one night after your trip. The cost is $6 per person, per night.
• Check Current Wilderness Conditions for trail conditions and timely updates.
• With limited resources due to COVID-19 and high risks involved in search and rescue operations, please plan your trip carefully and ensure all safety precautions are taken. Response times may be delayed if you call for help. Proper planning is integral to preventative search and rescue. Use attached form to create a wilderness plan and share with responsible parties before you come to the park.
• While Wilderness is a place to get away, you will likely see other visitors and rangers. Please follow social distancing guidelines and respect the safety of other visitors and rangers when you encounter them. Please respect plants and animals throughout the park by following Leave No Trace ethics.

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Re: Yosemite Wilderness Permit info for 2020
WanderingJim #57127 06/02/20 05:46 PM
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I have a Senior Pass and I’m hoping to make two dayhikes out of Tuolumne Meadows this summer. Recreation.gov says that sales of the Yosemite Digital Pass are suspended right now. Does anybody know more about this than I do? Thanks!

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bobpickering #57221 06/11/20 08:46 AM
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I found the answer. You need to book a “Ticketed Entry”, not a “Digital Pass” for Yosemite. Select “Current Pass Holder” under “Guests” on the first page, if applicable. I booked two passes. $2 each, but I have to show my Senior Pass when I enter the park. It’s a day pass, valid from 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM for seven days. It’s not clear what happens if I try to enter for my 27-mile dayhike before 5:00 AM or if I come staggering out after 11:00 PM.

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bobpickering #57234 06/11/20 08:51 PM
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I got one of those "Yosemite National Park Ticketed Entry" passes on the first day. Unfortunately the site was slammed, and may have had some initial bugs, because I got stuck in the hole with this message: “You look familiar! This facility only allows a reservation of 1 ticket per day. Please try a different date or modify your existing reservation.”. I had to create a new login each time, and finally on the third try, finally was able to book a pass for next week.

Looking at the system tonight, I see there still even 15 slots available for tomorrow. Saturday is booked, but hundreds for most days ahead.

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Steve C #57246 06/15/20 05:33 AM
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I wonder if you'll need to make a reservation even if you're just passing through? I like to take hwy 120 to cross the Sierra from the Bay Area on my way to 395 and Lone Pine.

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bruce #57248 06/15/20 07:23 AM
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Until they figure out a way to issue different access passes, I'd assume you need one to pass through.

A little color-coded tag in the windshield would accomplish this, but how long would that take them to figure out.

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bruce #57260 06/15/20 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by bruce
I wonder if you'll need to make a reservation even if you're just passing through? I like to take hwy 120 to cross the Sierra from the Bay Area on my way to 395 and Lone Pine.

Yes, you need a reservation to drive through 120 Tioga Pass.

https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htmhttps://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

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WanderingJim #57264 06/15/20 07:18 PM
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Guess I'll just have to take hwy 108 instead, or make a reservation for September 12th. On the way back I'll probably head further up north on 395, connecting with hwy 50 and then I80 back to the Bay Area. Time-wise it's a wash.


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