I just â€œpicked upâ€ my June 5 Whitney day permit. I sent an email, as Steve described. They sent my permit thirteen minutes later. No phone calls, answered or otherwise. No waiting in line. No hassle at all.
Same here - received May 24 permit within minutes of emailing to "check in". Situation is much improved to earlier this year.
6 min to receive my MDW permits!
Just when I thought everything was running smoothly, I sent the email to â€œpick upâ€ my permit for July 30 (Little Lakes Valley). I emailed again three days later when I didnâ€™t get a reply. I still donâ€™t have a reply a week after my first email, though I did receive a reminder that I should pick up my permit. I double checked all the pick up instructions, just to make sure.
A few weeks ago, you could do everything online. Now that the COVID epidemic is getting out of control again, Inyo National Forest
says, â€œThe Preferred Method is to check-in in Person.â€ They give the impression that email pick up is now the last resort. I sure hope I donâ€™t have to leave home at 1:00 PM on Thursday to get my Friday permit. Does anybody know anything that I donâ€™t?
When I reserved my permit, the confirmation email said â€œVisitor centers are issuing all permits by email and phone for the 2020-2021 season. No walk up service.â€ It also said â€œallow two days for processingâ€ when picking up permits by email. Other communication also said they would respond within two days.
Now they say, â€œExpect to get email permit 1-2 days before the start of the trip.â€ This means that if anything goes wrong, I wonâ€™t know it until itâ€™s too late to do anything about it. In fact, if they send me my permit Thursday afternoon, I will be gone, and the nearest Visitor Center will be closed before I get there. The system was working perfectly, so they changed it!