Bridgeport, CA., Feb. 21, 2020 – Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, visitors to the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will be able to reserve Hoover Wilderness Permits online through Recreation.gov.

“Previously, Hoover Wilderness Permits were issued by the Forest through a mail-in reservation request process,” said Jan Cutts, Bridgeport District Ranger. “With this transition to Recreation.gov, we are excited to be more consistent with our neighboring National Forest and National Park units who are working toward a centralized reservation system.”

Wilderness permits are required year-round for any overnight stay in the Hoover Wilderness. Permits are not required for day hikes. From the last Friday in June through September 15, wilderness permits on certain trails entering the Hoover Wilderness from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest are limited by a trailhead quota. This quota allows a certain number of people to occupy a trail at one time in order to protect the area from over use and preserve the wilderness experience for visitors.

“In order to ensure that a person or group can start their wilderness trip when they want during quota season, it is important for the public to know that reservations are now accepted six months in advance of the desired entry date,” explained Cutts

Of each daily quota assigned for a trailhead, 50 percent can be reserved ahead of time. The remaining 50 percent is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Bridgeport Ranger District office.

“The online service by Recreation.gov provides convenient access for the public to plan and reserve a permit for their next Hoover Wilderness adventure,” added Cutts. “It will also allow the Forest to better meet visitor demands and streamline operations.”

At this time, the Bridgeport Ranger District asks the public not to mail in Hoover Wilderness permit applications or payments by mail. All applications received by mail will be returned to sender.

 Beginning March 18 at 7 a.m. Pacific Time, the public can search “Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Wilderness Permits” on Recreation.gov for advanced reservations. There is a $6 non-refundable reservation fee and a $3 per person recreation fee, payable by credit card.

Visitors with an account on Recreation.gov are encouraged to login and update their password if needed. For those who may be new to Recreation.gov, they will need to create a new account before making any reservations. For detailed information about Hoover Wilderness Permits, please visit:


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