Post by almostthere on May 28, 2020 8:38:35 GMT -8
All of the permits I am choosing have quotas. I am getting walk-ins the day before I go. I call, they put it in the night box. I only have one reservation at the moment and it is looking unlikely that I will use it as Yosemite's wilderness office is not even hooked to voicemail, just rings and rings, and I needed to know if the rule about getting a pass prior to entering the park applied... no information, no go, because I am not about getting the cars of my friends towed away in the middle of a trip. The start date is mid-June so it's looking likely that the park will either not be open or just have opened - and without the certainty of knowing the new way of doing things, I'm going to bump it forward a few months. I lose the money if I don't.
There are also areas with no permits ever, like Jennie Wilderness, or free no-quota like Golden Trout - which is btw full of "trails" so untrodden that you do need navigation skills and a tolerance for climbing over fallen trees. The Forest Service has not stopped issuing permits - they just aren't making it blazingly obvious that they are. This is of course depending on the forest - the popular ones, like Inyo, had to stop. Mammoth Lakes and other communities were bearing the brunt of that. Too many tourists who don't care about social distancing. Pick a forest that isn't famous and you'll have different luck. Trailheads in Sequoia NF have been opening up.