FeetFirst wrote:The recreation.gov website is down "due to a lapse in federal government funding" and is where one would normally go to reserve permits for Desolation Wilderness, Eldorado NF (as well as many other NFs wilderness permits). I called the Eldorado NF Pacific Ranger District station to see about a same day permit, but received a recorded message saying they were closed due to federal govt. furloughs. Great. I'm one to follow the rules, but...
I'm going for it.
I've decided to not enter the Wilderness, since it does require a permit from the defunct feds. Alternatively, I'll enjoy some of the off-beaten areas not in the Wilderness. Maybe I'll go check out Government and Convict Meadows, from the Caples Creek/Silver Fork Trails, as an ironic location trip. I haven't been there for a couple of years anyways.
http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.p ... &z=15&t=t4