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Permit pickup and availability (formerly walk-up) #58025 09/02/2020 3:01 PM
by bruce
How are people getting there permits these days? Ranger station inside, or drop box outside, or email?

Also, I have a single person permit for 9/14, but would like to hike with someone (was going to fast pack as a practice for a harder event, but not it's going to be more relaxed). How hard is it to score a permit for one, for a Monday in mid September and when do they pop up (when do you start looking for them?). I guess I should have gotten a two person permit like I usually do.
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Re: Permit pickup and availability (formerly walk-up) #58027 Sep 2nd a 04:52 PM
by MikeH
Here is a quote from a permit confirmation regarding how to get your permit.

Check-in 1 to 14 days in advance to have the permit emailed.

Visitor centers are issuing all permits by phone and email for the 2020 season. No walk up service.

Check in before the no show deadline (10am) on your entry date.
Print and sign the permit to carry on the trail.
To request your permit by Email (allow 2 days for processing)

In your message answer the following;

Have you viewed the Leave No Trace video?
How you will store your food?
What is your final group size?
Subject line: [Entry Date] Trail Name [Reservation Number]

mail to:

Or call the visitor center nearest your entry trail, or the wilderness permit office:

Lone Pine area; Eastern Sierra Visitor Center 760-876-6200 or 760-876-6222
Bishop area: White Mountain Ranger Station 760-873-2500 (press 0) or 760-873-2503
Mammoth area: Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center 760-924-5500 (press 1)
Lee Vining area: Mono Basin Scenic Area 760-647-3044
Wilderness Permit Office: 760-873-2483 (press 0)
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