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Sequoia / Kings Wilderness Permits on Recreation.gov #58249 12/02/2020 5:42 AM
by Steve C
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks News Release


Wilderness Permit Reservations for
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Moving to Recreation.gov


December 1, 2020 --
Beginning in 2021, overnight visitors to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks wilderness areas will be able to make their quota season wilderness permit reservations using the website Recreation.gov. This will replace the old system, by which reservations were submitted by email and processed manually. Recreation.gov provides trip planning and reservation services for public lands nationwide, and using it for wilderness permit issuance will bring the parks into alignment with the adjacent Inyo National Forest.

Effective today, visitors can view the permits that will be available for reservation on Recreation.gov by searching “Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness Permits,” or following this direct link  www.recreation.gov/permits/445857.   Beginning in early January, reservations will become available in a rolling window six months in advance of entry dates. The 2021 quota season will run from May 28 – September 18.

"This new system will provide real-time availability information, as well as instant reservation confirmations, which visitors have repeatedly requested," says Wilderness Coordinator Erik Frenzel. "Recreation.gov also streamlines the payment process and provides more specific information for different entry points. We hope that wilderness visitors will find the new system makes trip planning a much better experience."

To cover the costs associated with the new system, the quota season permit fee will increase by $5 to $15 per permit plus $5 per person. Refunds of the per person portion of the fee will now be available in the event of cancellations or party size reductions.

At this time, the parks are also planning to resume in-person, "walk-up" permit issuance for the 2021 quota season. This means that a limited number of first-come, first-served permits will be available daily at permit issuing stations in Cedar Grove, Grant Grove, Lodgepole, Ash Mountain, and Mineral King. The parks are working on safety measures to make this possible while protecting visitor and employee health.

The permit system is an essential part of the parks’ wilderness stewardship efforts, as it provides a limit on the number of people recreating in sensitive ecosystems during the high-use summer months and ensures visitors have the information to protect themselves and the wilderness. Outside quota season, self-issued permits for wilderness use are required. As in the past, these are available at visitor centers near trailheads. No fee is required outside the quota season.

Visitors will be able to begin making wilderness permit reservations on January 5, 2021. In the meantime, the park encourage everyone to explore the new system. Questions can be directed to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness Office, at seki_wilderness_office@nps.gov or (559) 565-3766.
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Re: Sequoia / Kings Wilderness Permits on Recreation.gov #58258 Dec 3rd a 10:56 PM
by tif
tif
I've gotten several refunds from recreation.gov for permits I cancelled online for trailheads in Inyo. Whitney Permits are the only fully non-refundable ones. Everything else they refund the per-permit fee if you reduce your size or cancel outright, and just keep the $6 processing/admin fee. Been like that for a few years now (ever since I recall making permit reservations on rec.gov).

=)tif
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Re: Sequoia / Kings Wilderness Permits on Recreation.gov #58257 Dec 3rd a 08:03 PM
by futbol
futbol
Yes Steve, that's the one.

Funny how I said years ago this happened and it was only in 2019. That's the thing about 2020, and not the first time I've accidentally considered it more than just one year. confused
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