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Long-term Reservations

Most long-term hikes take place in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There are too many places to list here. The overall procedure is as follows:

Step 1-Plan ahead. Research the trip you want to take, and find out what wilderness agency manages the land: the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or a state park.
Step 2-Know what trailhead you'll use, where you'll camp and for how many nights, and when you'll return.
Step 3-Have an alternate dates or another plan in case the trail you want to use is booked.
Step 4-Do a web search for the name of the wilderness area you'd like to visit. Find the web page that describes how to apply for your wilderness permit. You'll have to pay; fees vary.

A good starting point is Sierra Wild wilderness map. Another good starting point is the latest Find a Hike from the California Wilderness Coalition. Both will give you contact information for nearly every wilderness area in the state.

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