Dinkey Lakes Wilderness

When visiting the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness there are some items you should get before you depart on your journey.

  1. A Wilderness Permit are required year-round on the Sierra National Forest for all overnight trips into the Kaiser, Dinkey Lakes, John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses. Day-use in wilderness does not require a permit. There is a $5 non-refundable reservation fee for each person for all trails. There is a $10 charge for any changes to a confirmed reservation.  Reservations can be made up to one-year in advance. First come, first serve permits are free of charge and may be obtained in person 24 hours prior to the start of your trip.Only everyone’s effort will preserve the beauty and solitude of the Wilderness experience where man is the visitor and doesn’t remain. Please do your part and abide by the following:
    • Maximum group size is 15 people.
    • Camp at least 100 feet from stream banks, and lakeshores.
    • Do not shortcut switchbacks.
    • Keep soaps and detergents (including biodegradable ones) out of lakes and streams.
    • Treat stream or lake water before using. Boil at least 5 minutes to remove harmful organisms.
    • Bury all human waste and toilet paper 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 100 feet from water where runoff won’t carry contamination into lakes or streams.
    • Use gas stoves in the high country. Do not use wood from live or dead standing trees.
    • Pack out all your trash.
  2. A California Campfire Permit which can be downloaded (here) online. However, today backpackers are urged to use Leave No Trace ethics which encourages cooking on camp stoves and avoiding building campfires. Backpacking stoves are economical and lightweight and provide fast, clean cooking. In some heavily used areas, fires are not permitted. In fragile environments, such as alpine meadows, fires leave scars for many years and deplete wood supplies. Campfires are discouraged anywhere above 9,000 feet.
  3. A Bear Canister – A Bear Canister is required not just in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness but in the entire Sierra National Forest which includes the John Muir Wilderness and well as the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
  4. Get familiar with Leave No Trace.
    • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 100 feet from lakes and streams.
    • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
    • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
    • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. Building campfires are discouraged.
    • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.


Sierra National Forest Headquarters
1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, CA 93611
(559) 297-0706


Quick Links

California Fire/Stove Permit Caltopo.com for trip planning inciweb to check if there are wildfires in your destination area

Wilderness Permits

Wilderness Permits are required to overnight in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, Kaiser Wilderness, John Muir Wilderness and Ansel Adams. Please get a permit. Bear cans are required in the Sierra National Forest.