Quota System for Mt Whitney to be LIFTED for July 2011
Latest from NPS website:
"Due to markedly low applications for the 2011 annual lottery for Whitney Zone access, NPS officials are considering opening the Inyo NF Whitney zone restriction for the entire month of July.
A quota system is in effect between May 1 and November 1 each year.
A lottery, beginning each February 15th, assigns advance reservations (15 per group maximum) for the quota period on the Mt. Whitney Trail.
The Mt. Whitney Zone limits day use (100 daily); overnight (Mt. Whitney Trail, 60 daily); Trail Crest exits (west entry - east exit, 25 daily) while quotas are in effect.
Trail Crest permits (entering elsewhere; exiting at Whitney Portal) have a separate application process.
You can get a permit for day use or overnight; with a day use permit you must not camp or sleep. You may start before sunrise and you are limited to a 24-hour period on the trail.
All applications must be submitted by snail mail. No fax, internet, email or phone applications are accepted.
Applications must be submitted with a $15 fee per person; payable by Visa, Matercard, or check to “USDA Forest Service”.
Payment is processed ONLY if applications are accepted.
There are NO REFUNDS
Mail your application (post marked in February) for the Mt. Whitney lottery to:
Mt. Whitney Lottery
Wilderness Permit Office
Inyo National Forest
351 Pacu Lane, Suite 200
Bishop, CA 93514
Wilderness Information Line: (760) 873-2485
Reservation Line: (760) 873-2483
Fax: (760) 873-2484
Open Monday through Friday, mid-October to mid-May, 8:00am to 4:30pm
The rest of the year open 7 days a week, 8:00am to 4:30pm"