Make that -119.06105 degrees west, otherwise good page
Hi Sequoia - thanks for the corrections to the Three Sisters/Eagle Peak and Mineral Peak longitude. Damn if I would have sent people to China if you hadn't noticed. The pages have all been updated. Cheers. Shawn
Overnight permits can be picked up (for free) on the drive in at the Prather ranger station:
High Sierra Ranger District
29688 Auberry Road
Prather, CA 93651
Open 8am-4:30pm (as of May 2013). No provision for picking up permits after hours -- bummer if you suddenly decide to drive up on a Friday night. You can also reserve a permit but have to plan ahead at least 21 days and pay $5 per person:
If closing time is tight at the Prather office, I'd suggest you stop at the Sierra Natl Forest Headquarters en route instead. It also closes at 4:30, but you will reach there sooner. Its right near the end of the freeway portion of 168 in Clovis.
Sierra National Forest Headquarters 1600 Tollhouse Rd. Clovis, Ca 93611 (559) 297-0706
(559) 322-0425 Open: Monday-Friday
BTW, I think the approach from the west (Dinkey Ck) is a quicker, easier drive (some of the dirt road will mildy trouble standard cars but I've seen many at the trailhead. I personally drive a Jeep), and the trail approach is very scenic. You will walk right by 5 lakes to Island Lake, and several other lakes are very short detours if you wish. From Island Lake to the north ridge is an easy class 2 summit approach as well. Day hikable, but I thoroughly enjoy it more as an easy backpack. Great lakes for families, for swims, for fishing. Short distance and minimal elevation gain to the first lake and excellent campsites, then go as far as you want to any of the four others.