There are some official updates regarding obtaining a wilderness permit for the GTW due to the COVID-19 issue. Here is an excerpt below from the Sequoia National Forest (SQF).
2020 Golden Trout Wilderness Permits – Under current circumstances with COVID-19, the Sequoia National Forest will offer wilderness permits virtually through our website for travel dates after June 15, 2020.
- Print and completely fill out the Application for a Wilderness Visitor’s Permit
- Scan and email your completed application to the Sequoia National Forest to SM.FS.SequoiaNF@usda.gov
Within a day or two, you will receive a response to your email, confirming receipt of your application. Your hard copy application will then take the place of your permit for overnight stay in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Sequoia National Forest.
Keep a copy with you and share the information with someone at home to anticipate your safe return. The Forest Service will keep an electronic copy of your application on file just in case, and for our records. It is your responsibility to monitor conditions and fire restrictions and provide for your own safety. Current road conditions and fire restrictions will be posted on this website throughout the summer.
Source: Sequoia National Forest
If you are wanting to access the Golden Trout Wilderness via Mineral King in the Sequoia National Park (SNP), that road will remain closed until further notice due to the COVID-19. There may be some changes coming in the next month or two so stay tuned!
As for the Inyo National Forest (INF), there are no updates regarding permits. Road access to Horseshoe Meadow area is still marked as closed.