Wilderness Permit Information

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Re: Wilderness Permit Information

Post by TurboHike » Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:01 am

Called today for an Inyo permit. First 7 or 8 calls did not get through, then I made voice contact with a ranger.

I waited a few minutes in between each calling attempt. Started calling around 8 a.m., had the emailed permit before 9 a.m. A decent experience IMO. Much better than what I had expected.








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Re: Wilderness Permit Information

Post by ironmike » Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:09 am

Got thru on my second call yesterday morning for my Cottonwood Lakes permit (and the failure on the first call was likely my fault) using the general Wilderness Permit line. Received permit via email roughly 5 min later. Happy customer here; I’d even be willing to pay extra for this kind of service long-term.

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Re: Wilderness Permit Information

Post by windknot » Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:53 pm

I've gotten my last two Inyo permits (reserved ahead of time) by simply emailing SM.FS.WildPmt_Inyo@usda.gov and following the instructions listed in the reservation for the naming convention to title the email and what to include in the email body. First email request for permit was sent on July 16 and permit was received the next day on July 17. Next email request for permit was sent on August 8 and permit was received the next day on August 9. For me this is vastly preferable to either spending an hour calling in, or having to stop by the ranger station to pick up a permit in person.

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Re: Wilderness Permit Information

Post by rlown » Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:00 pm

I'm not seeing the email instructions on my permit, but I obtained it in April.
Do you a link for the instructions?

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Re: Wilderness Permit Information

Post by rlown » Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:12 pm

thx!

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Re: Wilderness Permit Information

Post by OutdoorRandy » Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:56 pm

I know this is a well posted to thread but when I called for my July permit the Inyo National forest person said to email her directly if I have future reservations. I have an upcoming reservation that is less than 2 weeks away. I email her this afternoon with my reservation # and got an immediate reply. I had my permit emailed to me within 30 minutes. Great service!

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Re: Wilderness Permit Information

Post by Bishop_Bob » Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:50 am

Bishop_Bob wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:11 am
I have a permit for Sabrina Lake entry in late August but I need to cancel. I thought I could cancel it on Recreation.gov but didn't see a way to do so. Am I just not seeing it on the website? Or do I need to call the ranger to cancel?
I ended up sending an email to M.FS.WildPmt_Inyo@usda.gov to cancel this permit. Got a reply within minutes, and the permit was canceled.

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