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Permits

Postby thetfox » Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:42 pm

I have been trying to figure out how to obtain the required permits for backpacking in California, but it seems like every site tells me something different. What permits will I need, how much do they cost, and how long are they good for?
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Re: Permits

Postby dan » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:22 pm

thetfox wrote:I have been trying to figure out how to obtain the required permits for backpacking in California, but it seems like every site tells me something different. What permits will I need, how much do they cost, and how long are they good for?


The rules are different depending where you go, even in California. Where to you plan to backpack?

For Yosemite National Park, see
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/y ... erness.htm

For general information on backpacking in Yosemite, see:
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/backpacking.htm

Also read the posts here or post your own question.
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Postby thetfox » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:08 pm

I am not sure, I would like something in a forested area, with minimal or no snow. Also, because of work constraints I will only be able to make weekend trips, 3 days or so, and therefore I am looking for something easy to permit, probably under 30 miles long, and preferably without set camping grounds so we can set our own pace, as I see some trails have set camp grounds. Since I would love to backpack regularly during the spring/summer I was hoping to find someplace that would allow me to get a one-time seasonal pass.
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Postby AlmostThere » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:29 pm

thetfox wrote:I am not sure, I would like something in a forested area, with minimal or no snow. Also, because of work constraints I will only be able to make weekend trips, 3 days or so, and therefore I am looking for something easy to permit, probably under 30 miles long, and preferably without set camping grounds so we can set our own pace, as I see some trails have set camp grounds. Since I would love to backpack regularly during the spring/summer I was hoping to find someplace that would allow me to get a one-time seasonal pass.


What you are describing does not exist. There are multiple park systems and many jurisdictions, all with different regulations... the closest things to an annual pass that will allow you to backpack regularly would be the Adventure Pass for southern California, which is essentially a parking permit. The wilderness areas in the southern Los Padres National Forest do not have a backpacking permitting system, so the only other paperwork you would need would be the campfire permit, and you need either the Adventure Pass or the Interagency Pass to park there. But that's not a good destination in late summer as water becomes scarce. Other places in southern California will also use the Adventure Pass for parking, but will have different backpacking regulations.

You will need to pick and choose, I'm afraid. Not all trails are going to suit your needs. Fortunately, most parks and their regulations are online for your convenience. A Moon guide or Falcon guide to California Hiking would be a great resource for you.
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