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Ranger Lon
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Developed campgrounds and picnic areas remain closed until at least 5/15, but trails and dispersed camping are NOT closed at this time. We are issuing permits for overnight trips via the email request forms for dates from now to 90 days out. Day hikes are not required to haveĀ  a permit, but we offer a voluntary form for safety precautions. See the Wilderness Permits link above.

Most weekends for the next 6 weeks are very busy and some locations are already full. Check our Permit Availability calendar for camps that are still available.

Also keep in mind that the trails and parking are expected to be VERY crowded as a result of this increased demand. If you are trying to get away from the COVID crowds, this is probably not the place to go.

Search and Rescue is also not immediately available in many cases, so consider this when planning your trip.

Finally, if the crowds draw attention for not obeying social distancing (like what happened at the beaches) don’t be surprised if action could be taken to close down the trails. Not saying it will happen or that anyone is considering it at this time, but pointing out that it could happen.

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